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Cultivation using wool

Senza Terra

In order to create a new commercial use for raw wool, the Italian association Post Industriale Ruralità has developed a form of vertical hydroponic cultivation using wool instead of soil.

Inspired by its urban surroundings, Barcelona Rugs upcycles scraps to create mosaics of rugs

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Spain

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In their collection named Trencadís, Barcelona Rugs uses spare scraps from various materials of high quality to create unique rugs.

The leading "packaging-as-a-service" from reCIRCLE for takeaway food and drinks

Recircle

reCIRCLE is the market-leading industrial solution for reusable packaging for takeaway catering. The "lunchbox as a service" concept saves millions of disposable containers every day.

Photovoltaic cells: clean energy from wine waste

Photovoltaic cells

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Italy

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Giving value to waste as a precious renewable resource: for the first time, agri-food waste can be exploited to create photovoltaic cells that produce sustainable electricity. From the residues derived from winemaking (normally disposed of without any other use), researchers can extract natural dyes that capture solar energy, transforming them into a regenerated green resource.

The key to plastic recycling is found in the handling of food grade PET

Bofa

PET is currently the only plastic that can be 100 % recycled. Food grade PET is the key to plastic waste recycling. No other plastics are permitted for reuse in the production of new food packaging.

Recycling polyurethane foam in pressurised containers

PU foam pressurised containers are used to fill gaps and to insulate and install window and door frames so as to make buildings airtight. OCF (one-component foam) producers have invested in a recycling company which recycles the metals in the packaging material, the reactive residual polyurethane prepolymer and the propellant.

Reconstituting limestone C&D waste into premium/high-quality masonry products

The University of Malta has developed a patented process that recycles limestone and concrete construction and demolition waste into masonry products. These have superior mechanical properties compared to natural limestone products.

Recovering nutrients from waste

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Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Other (Norway)

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Ragn-Sells collects, treats and recycles waste and residual products from businesses, organisations and households.

Close the Glass Loop: a multi-stakeholder partnership to collect more, better quality glass

Close the Glass Loop

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Belgium

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Close the Glass Loop wants to achieve an average of 90% collection rate of used glass packaging at EU level by 2030 and a better quality of recycled glass.

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