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Ecopreneur.eu: Circular fashion and textile producing countries

Ecopreneur cotton

Textiles and clothing play an important role in our everyday life. But the global fashion industry model is unsustainable. It uses large amounts of resources and has negative impacts on the environment and people. The global fashion industry, therefore, has to make a transition towards a circular model. In a ‘circular’ fashion economy, clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy to avoid becoming waste.

This research note produced by Ecopreneur.eu is a first inventory of the potential impacts of future EU circular fashion on non-European textile producing countries. It uses existing literature and input from four circular economy experts to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts. 

10 Sep 2020
World Bioeconomy Forum 2020, goes virtual on September 10th, live from Ruka, Finland

The third edition of the World Bioeconomy Forum (WCBEF) will be broadcast live from Ruka, Finland, on 10 September 2020. The event will provide delegates with a high-quality, interactive platform, and will engage prominent Circular Bioeconomy stakeholders in active discussions on an agenda for coordinated action to build a sustainable future.

Circular case studies developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation regularly shares case studies that are relevant to the circular economy.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Circular Economy in Cities portal

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03/06/2020
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United Kingdom
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Cowes, Isle of Wight

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In March 2019, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched Circular Economy in Cities, a suite of easily accessible resources which provide a global reference on the topic.

CIRCLE - promoting circular economy in SMEs in rural areas

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Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden

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Contact: 
Erik Rosenblad

CIRCLE is a transnational cooperation project aimed at promoting circular economy solutions in SMEs in rural areas.

The project comes under the EU's LEADER programme and its objectives are as follows: 

  • increase knowledge and awareness about circular economy and its potential for enterprises in rural areas
  • increase cooperation between local enterprises
  • increase international cooperation and create networks, and to enhance existing ways of implementing circular economy.

The project partners have agreed to organise one programme in each country with visits to enterprises, farms and organisations implementing circular economy or innovative environment-friendly solutions.

España Circular 2030: the new Circular Economy Strategy for a #FuturoSostenible in Spain

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At the beginning of June 2020 the Spanish Government published España Circular 2030, the new Strategy for Circular Economy in Spain until 2030. It contains circular economy objectives and a series of strategic orientations for the period 2020-2030. 

The strategy:

  • sets up a series of objectives for 2020-2030 which will, inter alia, allow a 30% reduction in the national consumption of resources and a 15% reduction in waste generation (as compared to 2010);
  • contributes to Spain's efforts to transition to a sustainable, decarbonized, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
  • takes the form of successive three-year action plans providing for concrete measures to deliver on circular economy.

 

    05 Jun 2020

    Le 5 juin 2020 à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de l’environnement sera lancée la campagne Relance Verte. Pour porter la voix des solutions et des entrepreneurs, un collectif d’associations et d’acteurs économiques lance une initiative pour la relance verte, intitulée « comprendre et agir tous ensemble ». Le webinaire de ce vendredi 5 juin marque le lancement de cette initiative.

    Wanted by Sitra: Circular economy solutions that change the world

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    The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is collecting a selection of circular economy solutions that are among the most viable, promising, scalable and impactful in the world.

    Circular Change promoting Creative & Circular

    Start/End date: 
    28/05/2020
    Country: 
    Slovenia
    City: 
    Ljubljana

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    Within the ECESP, Circular Change has promoted the role of creative industries with a focus on circular design.

    CEC4Europe explores and evaluates business showcases from the circular economy industry platform

    Start/End date: 
    21/05/2020
    Country: 
    Austria
    City: 
    Vienna

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    This research by Lukas Stumpf, part of the CEC4Europe factbook on the circular economy published in September 2018, evaluates 131 projects from the Circular Economy Industry Platform (CEIP) regarding their contribution to circular economy from both a scientific and a political perspective.

    Copa-Cogeca shares its members' initiatives on tackling food waste during the COVID-19 crisis

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    Copa-Cogeca is sharing the initiatives of its members that demonstrate the many actions taken by EU farmers and cooperatives to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

    WBCSD and Circle Economy: Scaling the Circular Built Environment

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    This publication by WBCSD and Circle Economy highlights how the built environment, consuming almost half of the world's resources extracted every year and responsible for a massive environmental footprint, is a fundamental sector in the circular transition.

    Circularity Gap Report Austria

    Start/End date: 
    27/05/2020
    Country: 
    Austria
    City: 
    Vienna

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    In June 2019, Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) and Circle Economy released the Circularity Gap Report Austria, the first measure of circularity for a nation state.

    5th Circular Change Conference

    Start/End date: 
    01/09/2020
    Country: 
    Slovenia
    City: 
    Bled

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    On 1 September 2020, the 5th Circular Change Conference, held under the theme of “Mainstreaming the Circular Economy Mindset”, will set the trends for the discussion on sustainable leadership, business-led innovation and the EU’s sustainability goals based around the European Green Deal.

    04 Jun 2020
    Tondo Webinar

    The webinar series organised by Tondo represents an opportunity for companies, start-ups and experts from all over the world to have a clearer overview of the status of the circular economy and how it can enhance innovative business models and concepts with lower environmental impacts.This third session will continue to focus on circular cities around the world, in this specific case Rotterdam.

    Closing the loop: incorporating post-consumer recycled plastic in new Jerónimo Martins’ products

    Jerónimo Martins - Closing the loop: Incorporation of post-consumer recycled plastic in new products

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    Poland, Portugal

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    Jerónimo Martins is an international Group based in Portugal with a massive know-how in food distribution. In 2019, it started selling washing up liquid under the Kraft and Ultra Pro brands with bottles made with 100% recycled PET and offering check-out bags made with 80% post-consumer recycled plastic.

    Rue Rangoli: where "fight against exclusion” rhymes with “sustainable development”

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    Rue Rangoli is a French social enterprise that supports social organisations involved in upcycling or zero-waste and the design circular economy, based in Europe, Africa and Asia.

    07 Sep 2020 to 08 Sep 2020
    Produrable

    L'édition 2020 de Produrable - le grand rendez-vous européen des Acteurs et des Solutions de l'Economie Durable - sera à l'enseigne de 'Sobriété, Solidarité, Prospérité... pour un New Deal Européen'.

    11 May 2020
    Hackathon

    Business4Change is a 2-day Hackathon and initiative of the European Commission to be held on 16-17 November 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The focus of the Hackathon is to support businesses with their transition to the circular economy. They are currently looking for "challenge owners" to pitch the circular challenges they are facing.

    06 May 2020
    WCEF

    The major circular economy event, the World Circular Economy Forum, will be postponed until 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual WCEFonline event in September 2020 will address how the circular economy can help reboot the economy. (Image: Topias Dean, Sitra)

    Webinar: Circular Economy on the City Level

    Start/End date: 
    01/04/2020
    Country: 
    EU, Germany
    City: 
    Wuppertal

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    Over 100 participants joined the Circular Economy on the City Level webinar of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) which sparked interesting discussions about smart and efficient ways of leveraging the potential of cities and municipal utilities in the transition towards more circularity.

    07 May 2020
    Rediscovery Centre

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    City: 
    Dublin
    Country: 
    Ireland

    The Rediscovery Centre and the Environmental Protection Agency are hosting a webinar on the European Commission’s recently released Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) on Thursday 7 May 2020 at 12:00 – 13:30 CET.

    Danish Strategy for Circular Economy

    In 2018, the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food and the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs launched a Strategy for Circular Economy, based on recommendations by an Advisory Board for Circular Economy. The strategy will be implemented in the period 2018-2022. The government launched initiatives within six thematic areas:

    1. Strengthening enterprises as a driving force for circular transition
    2. Supporting circular economy through data and digitalisation
    3. Promoting circular economy through design
    4. Changing consumption patterns through circular economy
    5. Creating a proper functioning market for waste and recycled raw materials
    6. Getting more value out of buildings and biomass.

    INEC publishes a study on identifying major circular economy networks in Europe

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    Institut National de l'Economie Circulaire, Orée
    Publication Date: 
    04/2020
    Country: 
    France

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    Circular economy (CE) appears everywhere in Europe to be an adequate response to the challenges of resource scarcity. Driven by the development of the European CE Package, many initiatives to accelerate the transition are emerging, both on governmental and private levels, but they lack coordination.

    In the wake of the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission in March, the "Institut National de l'Economie Circulaire" (INEC) - member of the ECESP Coordination Group -  and Orée have co-authored a study identifying the major CE networks in Europe in order to strengthen the cooperation needed to achieve CE ambitions. By so doing they have pursued their common aim to develop and disseminate a vision of an inclusive and unifying CE.

    Read the full study.

    Leuven Circulair - a detailed programme for circularity, in the context of Leuven 2030 Roadmap

    The city of Leuven, in Flanders, aims to play a leading role in initiating systemic change in cities and society at large.

    The Roadmap 2025 · 2035 · 2050, drawn up by Leuven 2030 and numerous experts, serves as a guide to achieving the goal of a climate-neutral city by 2050. In September 2019 a professional team of programme managers started on no less than 13 specific programmes, which will transform this unique plan into concrete actions and impact on the field.

    Leuven Circulair finds its place in specific programme #09, outlining key actions for circularity in the city with a strong focus on social, repair, refurbishment, knowledge and expertise from the University of Leuven and local fablabs.

    24 Apr 2020

    ACI’s Future of Polyolefins Summit, on 20 and 21 January 2021 in Antwerp,  will provide the perfect opportunity to meet with leading executives and experts from across the entire value chain.

     

    GS1 Position Paper on Circular Data for the Circular Economy

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    GS1
    Publication Date: 
    04/2020
    Country: 
    Belgium

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    Francesca Poggiali

    This paper by GS1 in Europe highlights the need to structure product data to make it available for circular economy needs. If data isn't structured and can't circulate according to a circular model, it will be very challenging to reach the scale needed for the circular economy plan.

    Open standards are a way of uniquely identifying products, locations, machines, packaging, etc. If "global open identifiers" (openly available references for products, etc.) are used, rather than closed-in systems based on data for one limited purpose, it will be possible to share data.

    GS1 in Europe is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to global standards to improve the efficiency, visibility and sustainability of products around the world. 

    European Parliament Study on Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Protection Legislation

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    Author: 
    Bert KEIRSBILCK, KU Leuven, Evelyne TERRYN, KU Leuven, Anaïs MICHEL, KU Leuven, Ivano ALOGNA, BIICL
    Publication Date: 
    04/2020
    Country: 
    EU

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    Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies

    How can sustainable consumption and longer lifetime of products be promoted through consumer protection legislation?

    This in-depth analysis investigates the contribution, or lack of contribution, of the current EU consumer protection legislation to sustainable consumption and longer lifetime of products. In addition, it gives an overview of the most relevant best practices at national and international level and provides recommendations on the future development and possible reforms of European consumer protection legislation with a view to more sustainable consumption and longer lifetime of products.

    This study was commissioned by the European Parliament Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).

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