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Kitchen Dates – a restaurant without a rubbish bin

Kitchen Dates

Kitchen Dates is an environmentally friendly restaurant located in Lisbon. It has the particularity of operating without generating any waste - so no use for rubbish bins!

Good After - an online supermarket for discounted products

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Portugal

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GoodAfter.com is an online supermarket focused on products near their recommended consumption date or, in certain cases, even after their "best-before" date.

Fairmittlerei, supplying NGOs with industry's excess equipment and materials

Die Fairmittlerei

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Austria

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Fairmittlerei works as a connection hub between NGOs and industries for the purchasing of excess non-food products in industries.

Espigoladors - food waste prevention and job creation for groups at risk of social exclusion

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Spain

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Espigoladors is a social enterprise focused on preventing food waste and empowering people prone to social exclusion.

SHAREBOX - secure management platform for shared process resources

Sharebox

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EU

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The Horizon-2020 SHAREBOX project promoted industrial symbiosis by developing an online platform providing information on waste resources (i.e. energy, water, residues, etc.) that could be used to replace primary resources, to plant managers and other decision-makers.

Som Mobilitat: promoting green transport in Catalonia

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Spain

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Som Mobilitat is a non-profit cooperative working for a more sustainable mobility model. It seeks to promote the use of public transport, cycling and walking.

The cooperative also offers an electric carsharing service if none of the other options are available for certain routes. The cooperative is structured around communities where the shared electric vehicles can be used by individuals and private and public organisations.

Pack, Wrap and Store with Beeswax Wraps by Malu

Beewraps by Malu

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Poland

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Beewraps by Malu is a food packaging material designed and produced by a Polish family company  to replace food foil, aluminum foil or disposable plastic containers with a biodegradable and reusable alternative.

Orybany: the first zero-waste eco-responsible gift shop in Brussels

Orybany

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Belgium

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Orybany is an ethical concept store located in the heart of Brussels working with a community of artisans and designers connected by the same values: "Human, Ethical and Diversity".

Veolia: recycling PET bottles into new food packaging

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Germany

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Veolia has been extending the useful life of plastic bottles using a PET (Poly Ethylene Terephthalate) plastic recycling process. A mechanical and chemical recovery process transforms the PET flakes into a product suitable for use with food.

I:CO - a global waste collection network for textiles

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Germany

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I:CO is an international circular solutions provider for the collection, certified sorting, reuse and recycling of clothing and shoes. They aim to support innovative new recycling technologies which help close the loop of production cycles.

SIGUREC: Smart machines for recyclable waste

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Romania

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SIGUREC was the most advanced household waste collection service operating in Romania until March 2020. It was a broad initiative, implemented following an official agreement between private companies and public authorities.

ResQ - finding a buyer for that leftover cupcake

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Finland

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ResQ Club is a Finnish company and mobile application, which also covers parts of Sweden, Poland and Germany. Its goal is to combat food waste by connecting sustainable restaurants, cafés and food shops with consumers who appreciate affordable quality food.

Fruta Feia or Ugly Fruit finds beauty in misshaped fruit

Fruta Feia

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Portugal

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The cooperative Fruta Feia (“ugly fruit”, in Portuguese) has been preventing the waste of so-called “ugly” fruit in Portugal, that are not usually sold in markets.

Better World Fashion is circular fashion: 98% reuse - 100% unique

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Better World Fashion produces new quality products from waste materials. Their primary material, leather, is from discarded post-consumer products collected by NGOs.

Replacing single-use water containers with glass in the Basque Country

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Germany

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Mutualia, a social services and medical care provider in the Basque Country, Spain, has installed water fountains connected to the public water network to use tap water instead of buying bottled water.

Reducing packaging through procurement criteria

Cursa de la Mercè

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Spain

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See how circular procurement can help reduce waste in the Catalan La Mercè Race.

All public services in Ludwigsburg enjoy “Cradle to Cradle” office material thanks to green public procurement

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Germany

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The city of Ludwigsburg in Germany has a sustainable development strategy that  includes the use of procurement to achieve its sustainability  goals, instructing all public procurement departments to follow “Cradle  to  Cradle” principles in their procurement and awarding criteria.

eChiller - highly energy-efficient cooler with minimal global warming impact

eChiller

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Germany

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eChiller is a refrigerator system developed and manufactured by the German company Efficient Energy which uses only water. 

European environment policy for the circular economy: Implications for business and industry stakeholders

European environment policy for the circular economy
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Mark Anthony Camilleri
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08/2020
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United Kingdom

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European circular economy policy

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EU institutions and agencies are increasingly raising awareness about the circular economy agenda. They are encouraging marketplace stakeholders to engage in sustainable production and consumption by reducing, reusing, restoring, refurbishing and recycling resources throughout their value chain.

This research evaluates the latest European environmental policies including the new circular economy plans for a cleaner and more competitive Europe. It then goes on to present a systematic literature review focused on the circular economy in the EU context. The findings suggest that there are a number of opportunities and challenges for the successful planning, organisation, implementation and measurement of circular economy practices.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra: leading the way to a circular economy

Sitra

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a future fund collaborating with partners to research, trial and implement bold ideas that shape the future. It aims to make Finland a pioneer in sustainable well-being.

Since 2015, Sitra has been working to lead the way to a circular economy – a new kind of society in which everyday lives and well-being are no longer based on excessive consumption and fossil fuel use.

Currently, Sitra’s work focuses on supporting a fair transition to a circular economy and investigating how business can be based on sharing instead of ownership. Sitra is also working to advance circular trade policies, to increase the understanding of environmental effects of digitisation and to explore the potential of the circular economy to safeguard biodiversity.

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