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CICLO: New platform for the development of basic circular economy skills

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Through its eight modules, the CICLO platform aims to upgrade, free of cost, the opportunities for up-skilling and re-skilling of long-term unemployed and low-skilled workers, in the field of the evolving circular economy market:

  1. Circular Economy: What’s in a name?
  2. Recycling Management
  3. Materials Reuse and Remanufacturing
  4. From Products to Services (Servitisation)
  5. Soft Skills for the Circular Economy I and 21st Century Skills
  6. Soft Skills for the Circular Economy II
  7. Good Practices
  8. How to Approach a Transition Towards a Greener System.

The material could be included in educational services offered by Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers, Training Centres, Higher Education Institutions, NGOs, SMEs, public services relevant to EU labour force, etc.

Rice for architecture by Ricehouse

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Ricehouse natural mortars are obtained by expertly mixing aerial lime with rice husks, a agricultural by-product derived from husking raw rice.

Forall: reducing electronic waste by refurbishing technological items

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Portugal

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Forall Phones is a chain of stores, launched in Portugal, which focuses on refurbishing and reselling technological items.

Entogreen: using biomimicry to turn organic waste into fish food

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EntoGreen aims to develop sustainable feed and organic fertilisers by using bio-based technologies to recycle nutrients from agricultural and food waste and reintroducing them into the food chain, thus closing the nutrient cycle.

Rezero: campaigning for a zero-waste economy

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Based in Barcelona, Rezero is a non-profit organisation that, in collaboration with social and economic actors in Spain, aims to push the model of production and consumption towards zero waste, including the Jo Soc Coco (#IamCoco) conscious consumption campaign.

Rezero creates knowledge and promotes innovative ideas, regulations and projects so that companies, public administrations and people can live without toxic materials or products left unused.

Its activities target:

  • Reduction of waste management costs for organic and food waste with social and environmental benefits
  • Engagement of private stakeholders (i.e. individuals, grocery retail sector, restaurants) in food prevention and recovery activities
  • Donation of uneaten and/or unsold food to charities or for animal feed.

Organic glues and adhesives by Menichetti

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Italy

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The Italian company Menichetti produces organic glues and adhesives intended for sustainable packaging. The raw material is obtained from leather and tanning industry by-products.

Catalogue of Best Practices in Circular Economy

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The Catalogue of Best Practices in Circular Economy identifies good practices carried out in Spain which are transferable and scalable by other stakeholders.

Brens uses scrap iron, crushed concrete and pulverised rubber to build tomorrow's railways

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Czech Republic

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Czech company Brens, which produces rail tracks, tram and railway lines, has turned to production processes using recycled materials.

Maximum Circular Ambition for the Decade of Action

Máxima Ambición Circular para la Década de la Acción

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Elena Ruiz Ruiz, Raquel Canales , Tania Fernández
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04/2021
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Spain

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More than ever during the COVID-19 crisis, the circular economy has asserted itself as the model that can accompany recovery and enable a higher and better growth, through a systemic vision that makes it possible to tackle the most relevant challenges nowadays: the climate crisis and the environmental impact.

Companies must heighten their ambitions over the next Decade of Action, to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), by adopting a production and consumption model by 2030 that allows societies to keep growing economically, but under planetary boundaries and in the light of societal challenges.

This, in brief, is the content of the report Máxima Ambición Circular para la Década de la Acción (in Spanish) published by Foretica.

REC.ON creates high quality furniture from automobile parts

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Poland, Spain

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REC.ON creates its production by recovering auto parts. Using a unique upcycling process, they transform used, unwanted parts of automobiles into new, high-quality, functional pieces of design, adding style and an industrial aesthetic to any interior. Moreover, they have a unique process of acquiring their materials.

FISSAC - Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain

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FISSAC is a project seeking to stimulate the coordination and facilitation of work in the construction and demolition value chain. Accordingly, the initiative aims to gather various stakeholders and to encourage the development and adoption of a common methodology and software platform for the exchange of information and best practices.

The overall aim of the project is to help companies with sustainability practices, by creating models that can be used by anyone. The models can be:

  • manufacturing processes (such as demonstrations of close-loop recycling processes to transform waste into secondary raw materials)
  • product validations (examples of eco-design and eco-innovative construction products)
  • industrial symbiosis models (software platforms for example).

Sustainable and biodegradable LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fiber comes from the woods

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Austria

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LENZING™ ECOVERO™ produces a sustainable and fully biodegradable fibre brand for apparel. It is developed from renewable pulp and wood sources. Importantly, the wood which serves as raw material come from certified sustainable sources.

Circular Labs

Circular Labs

EN: The MarketPlace Circular Labs aim to give visibility to good practices and circular economy success stories developed by businesses and entrepreneurs in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula (Castilla y León, Galicia and North of Portugal).

ES: El MarketPlace Circular Labs tiene por objeto dar visibilidad a Buenas Prácticas y casos de éxito de economía circular desarrolladas por empresas y emprendedores en el Noroeste de la Península Ibérica (Castilla y León, Galicia y Norte de Portugal). 

PT: O MarketPlace Circular Labs pretende dar visibilidade às Boas Práticas e casos de sucesso da economia circular desenvolvidas por empresas e empresários do Noroeste da Península Ibérica (Castela e Leão, Galiza e Norte de Portugal).

Castilla-La Mancha's Circular Economy Strategy for 2030

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03/2021
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Spain

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Castilla-La Mancha’s Circular Economy Strategy for 2030 is comprised of 21 main areas and 48 measures organised within six policy strands. There are four strategic sectors (industrial, agri-food, construction and tourism) and various objectives to be achieved by the region in order to implement circular models in the 17 focus areas.

This strategy is based on a circular economy analysis of the region, and relies on the collaboration and involvement of all stakeholders. It will be developed and implemented by means of two action plans, covering the 2021-2025 and 2026-2030 periods.

Good After - an online supermarket for discounted products

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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.

Fibracat: an absorbing use for waste paper

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Fibracat has developed cellulose-based absorbents from paper for use in the cleaning and industrial hygiene sectors.

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

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

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.

reWINE: reusing wine bottles

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reWINE LIFE is a Catalonian project, running from 2016 to 2020 and co-financed by the EU's LIFE Programme. It sought to demonstrate the viability of reusing glass bottles in the local wine industry.

Souji: transforming used cooking oil into an ecological detergent

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SOUJI is a liquid based on minerals and vegetables that, when mixed in the correct proportions with used cooking oil, and after shaking the mixture for 1 minute, becomes a cleaning agent/detergent which is 96% less polluting than a common detergent. 

Millor que nou - Repaired to be better than new

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The “Millor que nou” (Better than new) campaign is an initiative from the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) that started in 2009. It provides people with free support services and access to repair shops, so that they can learn how to repair appliances and objects.

Universal circular economy policy goals

Universal CE policy goals

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has identified five universal circular economy policy goals that provide a framework for national governments, cities and businesses to create a transition that fosters innovation and decouples growth from finite resource consumption and environmental degradation.

As governments and industries around the globe move towards a circular economy, it is key to align ambitions and collaborate effectively. The five goals provide a blueprint for cooperation and the private and public sectors need to pull together to achieve them. The goals acknowledge that the relevant policies are interconnected, which will help avoid creating a patchwork of solutions.

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