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AIMPLAS begins research on developing more efficient methods of recycling composite materials

Sparta

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The main goal of the European SPARTA project, coordinated by AIMPLAS with the participation of TEKNIKER, is to find a new method of recycling and reprocessing composite thermoplastic materials that reduces both the amount of waste generated by the aerospace industry and its environmental impact. Another goal is to design more eco-efficient manufacturing methods.

How to make luxury handbags from salmon skins

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Belgium

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Ms. Bay is a handbag brand that creates products made of rescued waste material and following fair-trade manufacturing ethics. The main material in their collection is salmon-leather. This has qualities similar to regular leather but is processed in a more environmental-friendly way and is highly durable.

VICAT - a key player in construction & deconstruction waste

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France

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VICAT produces materials for the construction sector (cement, concrete, aggregates) and believes that the act of building should no longer be disconnected from deconstruction. VICAT has therefore rethought its production systems to include circular economy loops focused on the recovery of local construction & demolition waste.

Calefa - Reusing residual heat to reduce energy costs and GHG emissions for customers and end-users

Calefa

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Finland

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Calefa is a Finnish company specialized in the reuse of residual heat from industry by redirecting the excess heat from industrial processes either to the customer company’s own use or to the district heating network, instead of wasting it as condensed water or air.

Svenska Retursystem’s reusable transit packing system contributes to CO2 and food waste reduction

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Svenska Retursystem contributes to the circular economy through a reusable transit packaging system. It offers an alternative to the single use transit packaging, such as wooden pallets or cardboard boxes, that often contributes to global waste.

Making secondary raw materials from Tefal frying pans

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Netherlands

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Coolrec has launched a project with two Dutch household goods chains: Blokker and Marskramer. During Tefal Swap Weeks, they offer customers a 20% discount on new Tefal frying pans when they return old ones.

 

Coolrec makes skating medals from discarded mobile phones in cooperation with KPN and the Royal Dutch Skating Association

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Netherlands

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Coolrec, KPN and the Royal Dutch Skating Association have initiated a partnership to make skating medals from discarded mobile phones.

Versalis gives plastic a second life through recovery and recycling

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Italy

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Versalis produces plastics, rubbers and chemicals from renewable sources, maintaining plastic products and materials in a closed loop. It has developed the Versalis Revive® range of polymer based products containing recycled plastics, in collaboration with leading Italian companies in the recovery and recycling of post-consumer plastic at European level.

Gate C: Helping businesses capture the value of the circular economy

Gate C

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France

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Gate C is a French consulting firm helping clients to map the benefits and capture the value of the circular economy.

Unverpackt – the first packaging-free store in Kiel

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Germany

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Unverpackt in Kiel opened in February of 2014, becoming Germany’s first packaging-free store. Their goal is to reduce packaging and food waste and at the same time motivate customers to reflect on their own consumer behaviour.

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