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CiLAB collective creates new circular concepts on textile and furniture waste

@greenbrand.be CiLAB and VOMO

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Belgium

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Together with the students for furniture design of VOMO the CiLAB collective started a journey creating new circular concepts based on textile and furniture waste. The concepts do not only facilitate awareness but also link with the local community and the city of Mechelen.

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.

REFUCOAT: recycling food packaging and preventing salmonella

Refucoat project

The European REFUCOAT project developed innovative, efficient, bioplastic food packaging production processes using renewable, recyclable materials which could replace conventional fossil fuel-based raw materials. Three different bio-based active packaging systems were developed.

Titan Greece: making circular cement a reality

Concrete

Titan Greece - a cement and building material producer - plays an active role in the implementation of a circular economy model at various stages of the production process.

Ostraco: from discarded oyster shells to beautiful glass

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France

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In France, the designer Lucile Viaud found her way to contribute to organic recycling. More precisely, to recycling of seafood waste. Her work is focused on transforming oyster shells into glass.

SirPlus: the supermarket that rescues unwanted food - rescuing as a new way of buying

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Germany

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SirPlus, based in Germany, is an example of a business which avoids food waste to its utmost. It consists of a supermarket that sells food rejected by other stores for being considered out of the regular aesthetics for a supermarket – for instance, ugly fruit and vegetables, jars labelled incorrectly, or goods near or past expiry date.

Circular architecture: RAU makes brand new buildings from recycled building materials

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Netherlands

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RAU has been working in the architectural sector focusing on the design of sustainable buildings. Their projects include buildings for public/private sectors, with an integrated design methodology.

CIAK handles 70 000 tons of waste yearly, sustaining a circular battery market in Croatia

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Croatia

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CIAK is a waste management company from Croatia that focuses on recovering hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Focusing on recovering and recycling accumulators and batteries, CIAK helps closing the loop for these products.

RecycLivre – the online second-hand book shop

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France

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RecycLivre.com is a website selling second-hand books which aims to establish a relationship based on solidarity between its customers and underprivileged groups. It is built around the idea of promoting the recirculation of books instead of them being thrown away by their owners.

Rewarding recycling with vouchers

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Spain

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Tropa Verde was set up in Santiago de Compostela, Spain in 2015, and seeks to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour. Its goal is to promote recycling by rewarding environmentally-friendly practices.

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