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Human health and social work activities

ResQ - finding a buyer for that leftover cupcake

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Finland

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ResQ Club is a Finnish company and mobile application, which also covers parts of Sweden, Poland and Germany. Its goal is to combat food waste by connecting sustainable restaurants, cafés and food shops with consumers who appreciate affordable quality food.

Ateliere Fără Frontiere: refurbishing computers so children can keep learning

Ateliere Fara Frontiere

Ateliere Fără Frontiere is a social enterprise fighting against the exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination of the most disadvantaged categories of people, and acting for their social and professional integration.

bpost wants to move towards sustainable vending machines

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Belgium

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BPost's project aims to replace all water fountains and vending machines for hot and cold drinks and snacks. The company would like to install new machines that are energy-efficient and produce less waste.

The Flemish government’s Facility Services Agency opts for circular office furnishings

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Belgium

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The Facility Services Agency drew up an inventory of all the surplus office furniture from the various departments of the Flemish government. This made it much easier to give the chairs, desks and cupboards etc. a second life.

Sheltersuit: upcycling materials to provide shelter for people living on the streets

Sheltersuit

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Netherlands, Other (United States, South Africa)

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The Sheltersuit Foundation has three goals: helping people in need, closing the gap in the labour market and reducing waste. It produces wind- and waterproof coats that can be transformed into a sleeping bag, and are distributed free of charge to homeless people and people in refugee camps.

Circular catering services from Pļaviņas in Latvia

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Latvia

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In the Latvian town of Pļaviņas, Pļaviņu Gymnasium's circular canteen will provide students with nutritious, healthy food with a focus on waste minimisation and environmentally-friendly transportation.

Curaprox - Collecting used toothbrushes in Slovakia

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Slovak Republic

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Curaden Slovakia, the Slovak branch of the Swiss company Curaden AG, collects used toothbrushes for recycling in Slovakia. The company has been encouraging consumers to recycle their end-of-life products since 2017 through public awareness campaigns. 

Envie Autonomie collects and renovates technical equipment from rehabilitation centers, hospitals and care centres

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France

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The French company, Envie Autonomie, collects and renovates technical equipment, such as wheelchairs, used beds, walkers and other aids. In this way, they ensure a second life to important equipment.

PharmaSwap, the sharing marketplace to reduce medication waste

PharmaSwap

PharmaSwap is a unique sharing marketplace for pharmacists, hospital-based or otherwise. It creates transparency in the supply and demand for expensive medicines.

The "rag doll" project: circular Portuguese crafts and traditions ready to cross borders

The Ó Boneco ("rag doll" in Portuguese) project was born out of a desire to design a tailor-made training combining handicrafts and the traditions of the municipality of Valongo in Portugal.

reCIRCULARte: dusting off old furniture and objects to give them new life in a circular effort

The project reCIRCULARte started in 2017: three unemployed people decided to reuse, recover and restore second-hand material or objects, giving them new life.

PermaFungi - recycling coffee grounds into upcycled products

PermaFungi

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Belgium

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PermaFungi is a Brussels-based social cooperative that recycles waste coffee grounds into different upcycled products.

Croatian cooperative Humana Nova gives used clothing a new life, and its members a new dream to fulfill

Humana Nova

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Croatia

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Social Cooperative Humana Nova Čakovec encourages the employment of disabled and other socially excluded persons for the production and sale of quality and innovative textile products made from ecological and recycled fabrics for the local and regional markets.

Providing those in need with the food we waste - Food Waste Cluj is leading the pack on socio-circular innovation in Romania

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Romania

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Food Waste Combat Cluj is one of the first multi-stakeholder initiatives combating food loss and food waste in Romania. Working in partnership, local environmental associations and municipal authorities have been able to set up an infrastructure that collects excess food from the food and drinks industry and transports this to social NGOs helping out people in need. 

Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags: Good practices Guide for Local Authorities

Surfrider Foundation Europoe's Guide of Good Practices aims at showcasing those local authorities who
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France

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8 billion plastic bags end up in the environment in Europe every year. They have dramatic impacts on the environment, and especially on marine ecosystems, killing every year thousands of marine animals, and affecting no less than 260 different species.

Leon de Graaf

Leon de Graaf

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Belgium, EU
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As an adviser for environmental and climate policy, Leon de Graaf particularly follows policies related to the circular economy, trade and climate, low-emission mobility, implementation of the Paris climate agreement (COP21) and the European emission trading system (EU ETS). He is also deputy manager of BusinessEurope's corporate Advisory and Support Group (ASGroup). Prior to joining BusinessEurope, Leon worked at the research consultancy Ecorys, focusing on renewable energy and international development issues, at DG COMP on energy and environmental subsidies in Europe, and at the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on indirect ETS costs for energy-intensive industries. Leon has a MSc in environmental economics and climate change from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in business economics from the University of Groningen.

CEMA’s co-processing to turn cement waste into a resource

Cement and Environment Labour Foundation (CEMA Foundation) was created by Oficemen (Spanish Cement Association) and the two largest trade unions operating in the Spanish cement industry, CCOO de Construcción y Servicios and UGT-FICA, Federación de Industria, Construcción y Agro.

In the city of Almere, innovative waste project turns water plants into paper

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Netherlands

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The city of Almere, working together with local stakeholders and the company Millvision, has developed an innovative circular economy partnership. The aquatic plant is a local and renewable input to the production of the paper but it also "circular" as something that would be discarded as waste is re-valued as a raw material used in production.

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