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Closing the loop: incorporating post-consumer recycled plastic in new Jerónimo Martins’ products

Jerónimo Martins - Closing the loop: Incorporation of post-consumer recycled plastic in new products

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Poland, Portugal

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Jerónimo Martins is an international Group based in Portugal with a massive know-how in food distribution. In 2019, it started selling washing up liquid under the Kraft and Ultra Pro brands with bottles made with 100% recycled PET and offering check-out bags made with 80% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Jerónimo Martins is fighting food waste on all fronts

Jerónimo Martins - Fighting food waste on all fronts

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Poland, Portugal

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Jerónimo Martins, a food retailer operating in Colombia, Portugal and Poland is committed to reducing 50% of the food waste produced in its operations by 2025, compared to 2016.

Rue Rangoli: where "fight against exclusion” rhymes with “sustainable development”

LOGO RUE RANGOLI

Rue Rangoli is a French social enterprise that supports social organisations involved in upcycling or zero-waste and the design circular economy, based in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Part bicycle, part philosophy: a beautiful bike from recycled coffee capsules, that supports schoolgirls in developing countries

Vélosophy

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Sweden

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Vélosophy is part bicycle, part philosophy. It brings to life the potential of recycling by partnering with Nespresso to craft a bike from recycled aluminium coffee capsules.

Also the standard Vélosophy bikes are made with recycled aluminium. The fork & frame have always been made with as much recycled aluminum allowed  and possible according to the industry standard and legal requirements.

MUD jeans: circular denims (almost) never die

Circular jeans from MUD Jeans with printed waistband label.

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Netherlands

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Customers from the MUD brand can lease or buy their jeans, benefit from a free repair service, and return the worn out items to have them recycled into new denim products - so that the iconic piece of clothing remains in use for the longuest time. This brand philosophy saves 78% water and 61% CO2-eq per jeans compared to industry standards.

La Tête dans les Nuages creates multicoloured bean bags out of exhausted hot air balloons

La Tête dans les Nuages gives a second chance to hot air balloons, advertising posters and polystyrene packaging, which would otherwise go to waste, by upcycling them into bean bags.

Raytent: high-quality yarns and fabrics made from solar tents industry cut-offs

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Italy

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Giovanardi recycles technical acrylic textiles from solar protection industry, to create the Raytent line of high-quality yarns and fabrics.

Kierratyskeskus: a growing chain of big box re-use stores across Helsinki

Kierrätyskeskus store

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Finland

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Kierratyskeskus is a growing chain of seven big box re-use stores, selling all possible furniture, household items and craft supplies in the Helsinki area.

Fairphone created the world's first ethical, modular smartphone

fairphone modular design

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Netherlands

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The Fairphone 3, launched in 2019, is one of the first modular smartphones, with components designed for longer use first and refurbishment when they finally break down. 

Van Hulley upcycles worn shirts into boxershorts

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Netherlands

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Van Hulley is a Dutch SME that upcycles worn-out shirts into boxershorts, employing disadvantaged women as seamstresses every year and training them to join the labour market more permanently.

Resortecs solves recycling complexity with dissolvable threads

resortecs logo and technology

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Belgium

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Zippers and buttons make garment recycling complicated as the removal of such details calls for manual assistance, making the process both costly and time consuming. Resortecs® solves this problem by supplying a thread that simply dissolves at a high temperature.

Shoemaker Andrea Verdura turns fishing nets into fashion statements

Verdura's Woman Boot made with recycled fishing net

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Italy

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Andrea Verdura uses different eco-friendly materials to craft stylish, comfortable footwear for women, men and kids. One of the materials used in the footwear are recycled fishing nets.

Renting of baby clothes: Räubersachen

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Raubersachen (robbers' loot in German) applies the concept of product-as-a-service to baby clothes, providing parents with a ecological woollen alternatives by refurbishing disposed baby and toddler clothes and renting these out, thus reducing the amount of cheap, low-quality products being bought and keeping baby clothes in circulation far longer.

H&M Group's vision is to become 100% circular

Commitment Targets
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December 2030

100% recycled and other sustainable sourced materials by 2030.

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December 2020

100% recycled, certified organic or sustainable sourced cotton by 2020.

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January 2020

To increase the collected volume of garments to reach 25,000 tonnes annually; achieved in 2019 with 29,005 tonnes of garments collected for recycling and reuse.

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January 2025

100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging
Reduce plastic packaging by 25%
25% post recycled plastic across all packaging used

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January 2030

100% recycled or other sustainably sourced material

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January 2025

100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging
Reduce plastic packaging by 25%
25% post recycled plastic across all packaging used

Clothes rental - helping to reduce textile waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint

Tale Me clothes renting

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Belgium, France

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Tale Me is the first European dressing room to rent clothing for maternity and babies/children from 0 to 6 years old.

SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship Programme

Amine, founder of Mornag Eco farm, an ecological farm in Tunisia

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Other (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia)

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Vocational training

The EU-funded SwitchMed Programme supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up social and eco-innovations in the Mediterranean. It promotes inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development by supporting policy makers, eco-innovative small and medium sized enterprises, industries, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean countries.

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.

INDRA, a competitive end-of-life vehicles treatment branch, recuperates up to 95% of car mass

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France, Spain

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Renault and Suez (formely Sita France), through their joint-venture INDRA have created a competitive end-of-life vehicle treatment program which is comprised of a network of 350 end of life (EVL) dismantlers. In 2016 recovered 355 000 end of life vehicles.