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Turning coffee by-product into green energy

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Netherlands

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This joint venture is a successful and genuine example of a short circuit circular loop where Veolia and Jacobs Douwe Egberts developed a solution to use spent coffee grounds from the plant’s production process to produce steam.

The road to a circular future: the realizations and the challenges

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Belgium

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Go4Circle is the Belgian umbrella association for private companies who put the circular economy at the heart of their operations. It represents 220 companies who are helping enterprises across all sectors to fundamentally change their production processes, making the transition towards the circular economy, and also including manufacturing companies who use circular economy principles.

2 Feb 2018

Less than a tenth of the billions of tonnes of resources pumped into the global economy every year are reused, and this waste incurs a huge economic, environmental, and social cost.

From expired bank cards to urban furniture

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Portugal

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Caixa identified the development of a recycling circuit for expired or damaged cards as an opportunity for improvement: bank cards (expired or at the end of their service lives) and non-bank cards (for example, loyalty cards made of plastic) are valued through plastic recycling..

Attero InfiniteFilm: high-end post-consumer film recycling

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Netherlands

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24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.

Social Innovation Repair - Giving a second life to electrical and electronic appliances, the R.U.S.Z case

Following the business model of a sustainable repair shop, R.U.S.Z is a social business which started back in 1998, as a work integration social enterprise for long-term unemployed persons.

ELIPSE : le référentiel pour l'évaluation des performances des démarches d'écologie industrielle et territoriale (EIT)

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France

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Le référentiel ELIPSE est un outil qui permet d’assurer l’évaluation et le suivi des démarches d’écologie industrielle et territoriale (EIT).

Stories of Circular Economy: an Italian Atlas and a competition.

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Italy

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Stories of Circular Economy combines the first online Atlas gathering circular economy experiences in Italy with an annual competition.

 

Zero Carbon Resorts project towards Sustainable Development of the Tourism Sector in the Philippines and Thailand

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Austria

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Tourism in the Philippines and Thailand is receiving increasing attention as an excellent development option but with the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change it is inevitable to take the environmental performance of the tourism business into serious consideration.

88 000 tons of safe and quality food redistributed to 8 035 charitable organizations in 2017

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Italy

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With the help of a network of 21 Food Banks across the country, FBAO recovers surplus food and redistributes it to charitable organizations which assist people in need.

Close the loop in ceramic industry

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Greece

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In circular economy secondary resources (i.e. end-of-life products), the industrial side streams and wastes, are the “wasted resources of today”, if they are not utilized and returned for use.

CEMA’s co-processing to turn cement waste into a resource

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Spain

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Cement and Environment Labour Foundation (CEMA Foundation) was created by Oficemen (Spanish Cement Association) and the two largest trade unions operating in the Spanish cement industry, CCOO de Construcción y Servicios and UGT-FICA, Federación de Industria, Construcción y Agro.

Cradle-to-grave recycling process at Mosca GmbH

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Germany

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Mosca's PET strap is made from 100% recycled material: the so-called "bottle flakes" are a result of recycled plastic bottles coming from the empties of discounters.

No more microplastic fibres in our laundry's waste water!

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Slovenia, United Kingdom

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The PlanetCare Filter is a simple, yet efficient filter for removing microfibrers from washing machine waste water.

10 May 2018 to 11 May 2018

The third edition of the Circular Change Conference will be a two-day interactive stream of indoor and outdoor events. 

21 Dec 2017

The Commission's Plastic Strategy in early 2018 will address possible approaches to address some single-use plastic items and marine litter including lost or abandoned fishing gear.

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