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Wolkat - a family business closing the loop on textile recycling

Wolkat collects, sorts, recycles and re-develops textile.

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Netherlands

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Wolkat is an international group of seven innovative textile recycling companies. It was founded as a family business in 1948.

Today Wolkat is offering a complete circular solution for textiles. Collected textile is transformed in-house to new products for fashion, car or furniture industry. Sorting, recycling, spinning and weaving is all done in-house. All collected textile is transformed into a final product with hardly any water or any dye, leaving only 4-5 % waste from all textiles. The rest is new raw material. 

Nutripeople uses Spain's fruit surplus to create superfood packets that alleviate malnutrition

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Spain

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Nutripeople, a Murcian start-up producing superfoods for the developing world, actively engages Spain's agri-food industry to sell its vegetable surplus as a resource to produce superfood pouches, which are then distributed in areas afflicted by famine.

M-LS by O.C.O Technology: a carbon-negative limestone aggregate created with residues from waste to energy residue

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United Kingdom

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The company O.C.O Technology Limited recycles a hazardous by-product of waste incineration in order to produce a carbon-negative material for the construction industry.

Super Circular Estate: joining material and social circularity to respond to citizens' new demographics and needs

Super Circular Estate project Municipality of Kerkrade Netherlands

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Netherlands

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The Super Circular Estate (SCE) project addresses the challenge of changing housing needs due to demographic evolution. The Parkstad Limburg region’s population, is estimated to shrink by 27% in the next 30 years, calling for a radical reorientation in housing facilities. The project aims at demolishing vacant outdated high-rise apartment buildigs (built in 1968), and reuse all of their components to establish new social housing units - co-designed with the residents.

Ultra thin White Topping: durable and resource-efficient solution for asphalt roads

schagen infra ultra thin white topping

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Netherlands

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Ultra Thin White Topping is a road hardening innovation, applied to pilot projects in Frysland and Overijssel by Schagen Infra BV. To replace damaged asphalt sustainably, the company renovated the degenerated road surface using a thin layer of cement with polyseter fibers mixed in, thus reducing resource consumption and enabling full material recovery at end-of-life stage.

Biopolymer Hydal is made from waste cooking oil and is 100% recyclable

Hydal is nature

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Czech Republic

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NAFIGATE’s Hydal Biotechnology uses waste cooking oil to produce a fully biodegradable and biocompatible PHA biopolymer named Hydal (Polyhydroxyalcanoates). This is the first biopolymer of its kind being produced on an industrial scale at an affordable price.

AquaponieBXL: wasteless urban farming, where food grows on water using nutrients from fish waste

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Belgium

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AquaponieBxl is introducing aquaponics across Brussels by building urban farms where vegetables grow on water using fish waste as fertiliser.

Turning waste into energy by co-generation using biomass

Genesis Biopartner - plant

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Romania

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Genesis Biopartner has built a plant for the co-generation of thermal energy (heat) and mechanical energy (electricity) from biogas in Romania.

By experimenting with recycled water bottles as material for internal components, Océ discovered the drivers and barriers to using recycled plastic in manufacturing

varioprint 135 circular economy

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Netherlands

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In designing the varioPrint 135, Océ partnered with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Philips to experiment with the use of recycled plastic in the production of industrial printers. Building on Océ's adoption of longevity and reuse principles in design, the company has made a further step towards circular economy and succeeded in developing an internal component that contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled polycarbonate from used 5 gallon water bottles.

Upcycling the Oceans collects marine trash and turns it into quality yarn

fisherman holding upcycling the oceans trash container

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Spain, Other (Thailand)

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The ECOALF foundation has embarked upon its most ambitious project to date: Upcycling the Oceans, an unprecedented worldwide adventure that is helping to remove up to 200 tonnes of waste from the bottom of the oceans thanks to the support of over 3000 fishermen.

Klättermusen makes outdoor clothing and backpacks from recycled polyamide and polyester

klateermusen recycled polyamide backpack

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Sweden

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Klättermusen is a Swedish outdoor clothing company producing waterproof jackets, pants and backpacks made at least partly from recycled polyamide. The polyamide is created from post-industrial waste including packaging materials from factories, old carpets as well as discarded industrial fishing nets.

Renting of baby clothes: Räubersachen

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Raubersachen (robbers' loot in German) applies the concept of product-as-a-service to baby clothes, providing parents with a ecological woollen alternatives by refurbishing disposed baby and toddler clothes and renting these out, thus reducing the amount of cheap, low-quality products being bought and keeping baby clothes in circulation far longer.

Water2REturn turns wastewater into added-value agricultural products

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Spain

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Water2REturn is an Innovation Action co-funded by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme.

Oslo takes an integrated approach to treat waste into circular bio-resources

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Other (Norway )

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Oslo has been developing a waste management system based on circular principles to ensure separate waste collection is maximised and transform waste into secondary raw materials. To do so it has actively engaged with citizens, farmers as well as with its city’s public transportation company.

Munich develops a secondhand store to kickstart its local circular economy

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Germany

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Munich has taken its ambitious waste reduction strategy to the next level by developing an innovative reuse lab and shop concept. Its Halle 2 municipal secondhand store not only enables citizens to take responsibility for living more sustainably, it also provides opportunities for job creation, educational programmes and voluntary activities.

3R pyrolysis technology converts un-exploited biomass resources into bio-phosphate

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Hungary

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Terra Humana's 3R zero emission pyrolysis and nutrient recovery technology transform animal by-products into safe and high value Bio-Phosphate fertiliser.

Clothes rental - helping to reduce textile waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint

Tale Me clothes renting

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Belgium, France

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Tale Me is the first European dressing room to rent clothing for maternity and babies/children from 0 to 6 years old.

Granada biorefinery – A 100% circular facility

Aerial view of the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Granada, now transformed into a Biorefinery.
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Spain

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The Granada Sur Biorefinery of Emasagra has set up an ambitious environmental strategy in order to become European circular economy reference in the field of sanitation and wastewater treatment.

Circular comfortable furniture, made from recovered (ocean) plastics

The chairs are made from recovered marine and coastal plastic

The company Van de Sant Innovations BV designs and manufactures comfortable sustainable furniture, made from recovered (ocean) plastics.

RE-Salt initiative: Recycling of industrial salty process water

Tanks of the pilot plant - Re-Salt

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Germany

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After several years of research, a pilot plant has been constructed and gone into operation within Covesto’s project Cycles (funded by German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB)), to demonstrate the reuse of low-concentrated salt-containing wastewater streams.

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

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Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

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Production of organic, natural, luxury mattresses, toppers and bedding, using 100% biodegradable material wherever possible.

Cement industry: protecting natural resources by reusing alternative materials

Substitution of natural resources in the Austrian cement industry

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Austria

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The use of alternative resources has a long standing tradition in the Austrian Cement Industry. The success-story originally started with the processing of alternative main constituents for cement production. The recent trend reaches out further for the substitution of natural raw materials for the clinker production. For every ton of cement that has been produced in Austria, almost 500 kg of alternative resources have been reused. 

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