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Super Circular Estate: joining material and social circularity to respond to citizens' new demographics and needs

Super Circular Estate project Municipality of Kerkrade Netherlands

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Netherlands

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The Super Circular Estate (SCE) project addresses the challenge of changing housing needs due to demographic evolution. The Parkstad Limburg region’s population, is estimated to shrink by 27% in the next 30 years, calling for a radical reorientation in housing facilities. The project aims at demolishing vacant outdated high-rise apartment buildigs (built in 1968), and reuse all of their components to establish new social housing units - co-designed with the residents.

Saint Francis of Assisi: rendering a religious community sustainable and circular

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Italy

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Fra’ Sole is a sustainability project involving the monumental complex of Saint Francis of Assisi and its nearby areas, which has resulted in the elimination of disposable products, infrastructure for rainwater reuse and a 20% reduction in waste overall.

La Polveriera: recycling old military warehouses into a vibrant space for civic and social initiatives

La polveriera

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Italy

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The "Polveriera" is an urban regeneration project that converted an ancient military warehouse into a beautiful civic centre hosting several activities: learning and residential centre for disabled people, offices for cooperatives and NGOs, co-working space, auditorium, a shop and a restaurant-cafè. 

Mater‐Biotech: regenerating an industrial site for the production of bio-butanediol

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Italy

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Mater-Biotech is one of four subsidiary companies owned by Novamont in Italy, responding to its philosophy of starting out from local areas and developing new proprietary technologies to rejuvenate industrial sites that have been decommissioned or are no longer competitive.

Opened in 2016, Mater-Biotech is the first industrial scale plant for the production of 1,4 BDO butanediol directly from sugars. In this facility Novamont has developed a biotechnological platform which takes sugars and transforms them into bio-butanediol through the action of suitably engineered e.coli type bacteria, using a technology developed by Genomatica, the California-based leader in the field of bioengineering.

Modular straw-based eco-modules meet economic, insulation, safety and recyclability requirements

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Italy

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Prespaglia offers a product line of modular blocks of pressed straw for the construction sector. The modular eco-blocks are made of straw, clay and pozzolan lime, making them entirely recyclable and biodegradable.

Favini pairs with Barilla to create CartaCrusca, using up bran residues from the mills

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Italy

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The "CartaCrusca" project consists in recovering bran residues from the milling of Barilla wheat, not usable for human consumption, and subsequently processing them, together with cellulose, for the production of paper.

Love them, wear them out, wear them again: full repair service is part of this eco-responsible shoe line

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Sweden

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Kavat produces durable and high-quality shoes made of sustainable materials by resorting to eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and also offers a shoe repair service.

Circul'R: Unlocking the circular economy's potential

circular economy consulting

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France

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Circul'R is an international network of circular economy startups. Its mission is to unlock the circular economy's potential by connecting innovative startups with companies so that they can co-create solutions to accelerate their transition towards the circular economy.

Turning waste into energy by co-generation using biomass

Genesis Biopartner - plant

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Romania

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Genesis Biopartner has built a plant for the co-generation of thermal energy (heat) and mechanical energy (electricity) from biogas in Romania.

Transforming waste into resources

Green Group: Resource the Waste

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Romania

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Green Group Holding: integrated waste management solutions for six main waste streams associated with households and SMEs (WEEE, plastics, PET, glass, lighting bulbs, cardboard) are now available in Romania as a pioneer development for South Eastern Europe via a private investment starting back in 2012.

Thanks to a public-private partnerhip, a nationwide network of over 200 mobile and fixed collection points in 36 Romanian counties has already been implemented.

Chants Libres - a pilot project combining professional furniture upcycling and social enterprise

Creation of a pilot sector for the recovery and re-used of materials from household furniture waste.

Atelier Extramuros is a social enterprise specialised in upcycling in the furniture sector, using reclaimed material from discarded professional furniture.

'Chants Libres' is a new pilot project aiming at improving recycled material sourcing - with the support of Valdelia - and designing protoypes for the professional furnishing sector. Two prototypes have been selected so far to launch a wider scale production process and are to be integrated in the Kinnarps catalogue for commercialisation.

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