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Recognition of by-products

ISATIÓ crafts into beauty what would otherwise go to waste

isatio brussels circular tailor

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Belgium

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ISATIÓ is a Brussels SME that recovers samples from the textiles industry to create unique designer clothing, with manufacturing all done locally and the supply chain covered entirely by bicycle couriers.

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.

Eyewear made of recycled and oil-free materials

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Netherlands

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Founded in 2012 with the objective of creating high-quality eyewear from oil-free or recycled materials, producing Dick Moby sunglasses and eyeglasses follows a circular approach: lowering environmental compared to similar fashion accessories.

ecoHORNET develops multi-system burner with ecological combustion procedure to create pyrolysis gas, oil and biochar

ecoHORNET W2B recycling eco station

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Romania

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ecoHORNET, a Romanian SME, has developed a recycling station that uses pyrolysis technology to transform industrial biomass, household waste and sewage sludge into bio-gas, bio-oil and biochar in addition to creating thermal energy for hot water and air generators.

Rifò - regenerating noble textile fibers into timeless pieces of clothing

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Italy

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Rifò regenerates noble textile fibers, such as cashmere, using a proven technology developed in the textile district of Prato (Tuscany) over a hundred years ago.

The Ecotic Caravan - WEEE collection and awareness campaigns

Caravan - WEEE collection and awareness campaigns

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Romania

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The educational project Ecotic Caravan co-financed by LIFE+, ran between 2014 and 2016 and aimed to raise awareness on environmental protection and sustainable development by focusing on efficient management of WEEE waste. The caravan travelled across Romania and was parked in the main squares so that the general public could easily interact. Workshops with school children were also organized. 

The caravan program reached over 20,000 persons and the school program more than 50,000 pupils, contributing to the collection of over 10 tons of WEEE.

Orange Fiber squeezes orange peel into versatile, biodegradable textile

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Orange Fiber has closed the loop for oranges by patenting a technique to squeeze orange peel and citrus waste into cellulose fibre. With growing demand for sustainable fashion, the company is well placed to commence production in 2019, having already prototyped a collection with Salvatore Ferragamo and won the Global Change Awars

Compastor Technology: composting in a different way

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Hungary

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Composting is the most natural method to create fertilisers, but not many people use it as it's a slow and complex process. To encourage composting, Compastor Technology has bred a genuine composting worm. When this worm is combined with a compost inoculant, green and organic waste is turned into fertiliser quickly and efficiently while using fully natural ingredients.

Favini's upcycled ecological papers: Crush, uses by-products from the food industry

Crush Favini paper

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Crush, launched in 2012, is the second product in Favini's upcycling ecological paper range. Its production uses the equivalent of 15% of virgin pulp paper in by-products from food industry.

Van Hulley upcycles worn shirts into boxershorts

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Netherlands

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Van Hulley is a Dutch SME that upcycles worn-out shirts into boxershorts, employing disadvantaged women as seamstresses every year and training them to join the labour market more permanently.

Infinited Fiber turns cotton rich textile waste into new fibers, infinitely

Infinited Fiber yarn

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Finland

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Infinited Fiber has developed a process technology that can turn cotton rich textile waste into new fibers for the textile industry. Not just once, but infinitely. Infinited Fiber can be recycled again and again without decreasing the quality of the fiber.

Re:newcell dissolves natural fibers into biodegradable pulp

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Sweden

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Re:newcell's technology dissolves used cotton and other natural fibers into a new, biodegradable raw material, re:newcell pulp. It can be turned into textile fiber, be fed into the textile production cycle and meet industry specifications. This is the link that has been missing from the cycle, as the way fashion is produced and consumed can finally be transformed into a never-ending loop.

Resortecs solves recycling complexity with dissolvable threads

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Belgium

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Zippers and buttons make garment recycling complicated as the removal of such details calls for manual assistance, making the process both costly and time consuming. Resortecs® solves this problem by supplying a thread that simply dissolves at a high temperature.

Shoemaker Andrea Verdura turns fishing nets into fashion statements

Verdura's Woman Boot made with recycled fishing net

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Andrea Verdura uses different eco-friendly materials to craft stylish, comfortable footwear for women, men and kids. One of the materials used in the footwear are recycled fishing nets.

Water2REturn turns wastewater into added-value agricultural products

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

Kalundborg Symbiosis: six decades of a circular approach to production

logo of Kalundborg industrial symbiosis

Kalundborg Symbiosis is a partnership between nine public and private companies in Kalundborg, Denmark.

Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, leads the way towards a carbon neutral society

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Metsä Group built the first next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland – the largest investment of the European forest industry with the value of EUR 1.2 billion. The new mill, which began operations in the third quarter of 2017, leads the industry to a new era of resource efficiency through operating completely with no fossil fuels or fossil CO2 emissions. This makes it the most energy-efficient pulp mill in the world, utilising 100% of the production side streams for materials or renewable energy in industrial ecosystem built with partners.

Re-use before recycling of laser printer cartridges

Generic refurbishing process of laser printer cartridges

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Germany

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Printer cartridges are seen as a single-use product by printer and cartridge Original Equipment Manufacturers. However, most of today’s printer cartridges fall within the scope of the WEEE-2 directive.

Boosting the Circular Economy through public procurement

Circular concepts promoted by Catalan Public Procurement

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The Catalan Government considers that public procurement should be used as an instrument to support strategic policies in the transition towards CE. 

RE-Salt initiative: Recycling of industrial salty process water

Tanks of the pilot plant - Re-Salt

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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.

Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain

Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain

CIRC-PACK project aims at more sustainable, efficient, competitive, integrated and interconnected plastic packaging value chain with less fossil fuel dependence.

SwitchMed - MED TEST II

Skaff Dairy Farm

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Other (Lebanon)

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Skaff Dairy Farm is a small-sized enterprise, which produces around 840 t of dairy products annually for the local market. Skaff Dairy Farm joined the MED TEST II project in order to improve quality and reduce defects, to drive out waste and continuously improve cost efficiency. The main problems the company faced was energy and finished products losses. The company was already ISO 22000:2005 certified at the project start.

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