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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.

SUSTAINair: bringing the aerospace and aviation sectors in line with circular principles

SUSTAINair project

The Horizon 2020 project SUSTAINair was launched recently. It aims to research and develop solutions to increase resource efficiency and aircraft performance while cutting down on waste and material costs throughout the aircraft life cycle - what is known as "circular aviation".

Sheltersuit: upcycling materials to provide shelter for people living on the streets

Sheltersuit

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Netherlands, Other (United States, South Africa)

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The Sheltersuit Foundation has three goals: helping people in need, closing the gap in the labour market and reducing waste. It produces wind- and waterproof coats that can be transformed into a sleeping bag, and are distributed free of charge to homeless people and people in refugee camps.

Recycling mattresses

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Netherlands

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Bedzzzy is a great example of a 'product as a service'. Based in the Netherlands, it targets old mattresses which are a major source of waste, producing its own recyclable mattresses – the world’s very first 100% circular mattresses.

Recycling batteries to safeguard natural resources

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Romania

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Rombat is the largest producer of car batteries in Romania. Since 2005, the company has been collecting vehicle batteries to extract the lead they contain, recycle them and manufacture new batteries. The batteries are processed at the 3.7 ha Rebat facility in Copșa Mică.

From old jeans to new denim clothes

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Hungary

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The Hungarian fashion brand Sharolta makes upcycled denim clothes and bags in Budapest. They collect jeans at several collection points in the city, and work with companies that can provide them with textile waste.

Recycling PU foam cans more efficiently

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Germany

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PDR is a German company with extensive expertise in recycling materials, which has developed a groundbreaking technique to reuse polyurethane (PU) foam cans. In Germany, about 25 million cans are used each year, and a federal legislature has classified used PU foam cans as polluting waste which must be recycled.

TOMRA: leading the circular revolution in plastics

TOMRA's Circular Economy Division was established in January 2019 to speed up the transformation to a circular economy and shape future waste and resource systems.

Creating value out of waste for a sustainable future

TOMRA’s cutting-edge sorting technologies retain valuable resources by extracting high-purity fractions from mixed waste and metal streams in the most remote parts of the world. Its technology and equipment has been used in the world’s most advanced recycling plants.

The world’s most efficient deposit-based return systems

TOMRA is the world leader in reverse vending solutions. It provides an automated method for collecting, sorting and handling used beverage containers for recycling or reuse. TOMRA has approximately 80 000 reverse vending machines in more than 60 markets.

Recycling packaging laminates through a process that separates composite materials

flexible packaging laminates

Saperatec is able to reclaim all individual raw materials from composite materials, thus making them available for recycling.

WaysTUP!: Transforming urban waste into valuable products

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Greece

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The WaysTUP! project wishes to demonstrate the establishment of new value chains for urban bio-waste used in the production of high value purpose products, through a multi-stakeholder approach according to circular economy principles.

Can't find a spare part to repair your home appliance? PCDT might have just rescued it for you!

https://pcdt.fr/

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France

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PCDT buys used spare parts for home appliances from individuals whose appliances cannot be repaired and will then sell thems - with no margin of profit - to customers who can use them to repair their own appliances.

With b:bot, plastic bottle recycling counts twice

Based on a circular economic model that combines ecology and economy, b:bot is a machine and digital ecosystem for the collection of PET plastic bottles - with a real social and environmental impact.

A Better Life with MgO: a flue gas desulphurisation process with a positive net environmental impact

View of the pilot plant

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Greece

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LIFEPOSITIVEMgOFDG - a project co-financed under the EU's LIFE programme - is about designing and implementing a novel technique for air pollution abatement which respects circular economy principles.

Holy-wood upcycles old-fashioned furniture into designer creations

Holy-wood upcycling social entrepreneurship ecodesign carpentry

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Belgium

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Holy-wood is an association of craftsmen who design designer furniture with locally recovered wood in an ethical and holistic approach.

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.

Maltese business Frank Wrap reduces single use of plastic cling film

Frank Wrap

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Malta

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Frank Wrap® is a natural and reusable alternative for food storage. This natural food wrap replaces the single use of plastic cling film.

From digging to building: construction site excavations make perfect, low-emission new bricks

Circular building earth building Compressed earth blocks

At its production site in Brussels, BC materials blends and transforms ordinary earth streams - what some consider to be waste - into perfectly circular building materials.

Concours Design Zéro Déchet

Le concours Design Zéro Déchet invite depuis 2012 les étudiants et jeunes diplômés en design, sciences de l’environnement, ingénierie et arts appliqués à réfléchir sur le sujet de l’écoconception et de la prévention des déchets à travers l’élaboration de biens ou services innovants et durables.

Croatian cooperative Humana Nova gives used clothing a new life, and its members a new dream to fulfill

Humana Nova

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Social Cooperative Humana Nova Čakovec encourages the employment of disabled and other socially excluded persons for the production and sale of quality and innovative textile products made from ecological and recycled fabrics for the local and regional markets.

Port of Dunkirk reuses contaminated sediment in road construction

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Contaminated sediment from the Port of Dunkirk has been re-used in road structures since 2002, when the Port started to cooperate with the Ecole des Mines de Douai and various industrial partners in order to design alternative materials for stabilised sub-base road layers.

Rediscover Fashion promotes circular design by giving new life to unwanted textiles

Rediscover Fashion

Rediscover Fashion is a social enterprise that produces 100 % redesigned and repurposed clothing, accessories, and home ware ranges from unwanted textiles, preventing the materials from being sent to landfill.

Starlinger develops a closed loop model for polypropylene 'big bags'

starlinger recycled big bag

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Austria

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To create a circular economy for Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers, Starlinger, a plastic packaging machinery and process technology engineering company from Austria, has simulated a closed loop for polypropylene - the main component of big bags- in cooperation with renowned big bag manufacturers Louis Blockx and LC Packaging.

adidas and Stella McCartney present prototypes of sustainable and recyclable sportswear

adidas stella mccartney

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adidas, one of Europe's premier sportswear manufacturers, is increasing the use of sustainable materials in its product range. From 2024 onwards, only recycled polyester will be used in every product and on every application where a solution exists.

In 2019, Stella McCartney partnered up with adidas to solve the problem of product waste with the introduction of two new apparel innovations.

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