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Karun upcycles harmful waste into high quality sunglasses

Karun sunglasses and fishing nets

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Italy, Sweden, Other (Chile)

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Karün is a Swedish-Chilean company producing sunglass frames entirely from discarded fishing nets and jeans, collected in Patagonia.

Adhesives industry: water-soluble adhesives facilitate return and reuse bottle schemes and end-of-life recycling

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Germany

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Türmerleim is a company that produces adhesives, including for reusable bottles. Its adhesives have a high level of alkaline solubility, making them easy to remove and so promoting the reuse and recycling of bottles.

Cycle Terre: excavated soil from urban areas becomes construction raw material

Earth Cycle

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France

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Cycle Terre project aims to set up an industrial process to reuse soil extracted from the excavation sites of the new subway and other construction sites in Sevran, France.

Eyewear made of recycled and oil-free materials

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Netherlands

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Founded in 2012 with the objective of creating high-quality eyewear from oil-free or recycled materials, producing Dick Moby sunglasses and eyeglasses follows a circular approach: lowering environmental compared to similar fashion accessories.

PVC Upcycling - reclaiming PVC, copper and aluminium from decommissioned electric cables

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Italy

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REDEL is an energy provider in Italy. Its activities comprises decommissioning outdated energy installations (de-risking), generating a vast amount of discarded power cables. The PVC Upcycling project aims to initiate a circular model for reclaiming resources by:

  • de-manufacturing: recovering the PVC of electric cables coming from decommissioned energy plants;
  • re-manufacturing: recycling of the same PVC in products with low environmental impact.

Along with PVC, copper and aluminium are also reclaimed and turned into metal granules for new production purposes.
 

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.

Sharing platform Werflink enables construction companies in Belgium to reduce waste by re-using materials

Werflink - Sharing Platform Construction companies in Belgium

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Belgium

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Werflink is an online sharing platform on which construction sites and companies and can share equipment, materials, resources, freight space and facilities. The platform has been set up in collaboration with the Flemish Construction Confederation, construction company BESIX, Circular Flanders and FLOOW2, to create a more circular construction sector.

Denmark learns from Belgium on how to create repair and reuse networks

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Belgium

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On 24-25 September 2018, the Danish inter-municipal waste management company AVV, which serves two Danish municipalities, visited the City of Brussels and its surroundings as part of a study visit on setting up effective repair and reuse systems. The visit was carried out within the framework of the TAIEX Peer-2-Peer EU Programme and with the support of Municipal Waste Europe and Bruxelles Environment.

GIDA purification plant: PPP providing high-quality water for the textile industry while limiting water consumption

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Italy

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GIDA is a wastewater treatment plant that helps meet the needs of the local textile industry by supplying water of sufficiently high quality, while keeping water consumption to a minimum. 

La Caverne d'Ali Baba: a re-use library for art students at ESA Saint-Luc, Brussels

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Belgium

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The Caverne d'Ali Baba (Ali Baba thieve's cave) is an initiative by and for students in the art school of ESA Saint-Luc, in Brussels.

According to the Fédération des Récupérathèques, of which the initiative belongs to, the service stands as a shared and co-managed warehouse of reuse materials, available to students for any of their creative projects. Valorisation and exchanges make use of local virtual currency. These initiatives aim at promoting a sustainable model in schools, based on collective intelligence, solidarity and social interaction.

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