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Useful application of recycled materials

Globe Hope: a pioneer in upcycled textiles since 2003

Globe Hope LOOK5

Globe Hope, a Finnish textiles and cosmetics SME, has been creating bags and accessories from recycled and leftover materials since 2003.

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.

World Resources Forum Antwerp 2019

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For four days in 2019, Antwerp was the epicentre of the circular economy. More than 750 company leaders, scientists and policy makers from all over the world came to the city from February 24 to 27 for the World Resources Forum (WRF), organised by OVAM - the Public Waste Agency of Flanders. On the menu? Sessions on the power of the circular economy and the link with climate change, and an introduction to numerous pioneering projects and initiatives that are driving the transition.

Karun upcycles harmful waste into high quality sunglasses

Karun sunglasses and fishing nets

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Italy, Sweden, Other (Chile)

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Karün is a Swedish-Chilean company producing sunglass frames entirely from discarded fishing nets and jeans, collected in Patagonia.

Field trip for policy makers: circular economy & social inclusion in practice

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27/07/2019
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Belgium
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Brussels

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To help inspire conversation and policy action concerning inclusive circular business models during the next EU Commission mandate, RREUSE invited EU decision makers to a closed site visit to Les Petits Riens, a Brussels-based social enterprise with activities dating back to 1937.

Adhesives industry: water-soluble adhesives facilitate return and reuse bottle schemes and end-of-life recycling

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Germany

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Türmerleim is a company that produces adhesives, including for reusable bottles. Its adhesives have a high level of alkaline solubility, making them easy to remove and so promoting the reuse and recycling of bottles.

Cycle Terre: excavated soil from urban areas becomes construction raw material

Earth Cycle

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France

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Cycle Terre project aims to set up an industrial process to reuse soil extracted from the excavation sites of the new subway and other construction sites in Sevran, France.

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.

PVC Upcycling - reclaiming PVC, copper and aluminium from decommissioned electric cables

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Italy

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REDEL is an energy provider in Italy. Its activities comprises decommissioning outdated energy installations (de-risking), generating a vast amount of discarded power cables. The PVC Upcycling project aims to initiate a circular model for reclaiming resources by:

  • de-manufacturing: recovering the PVC of electric cables coming from decommissioned energy plants;
  • re-manufacturing: recycling of the same PVC in products with low environmental impact.

Along with PVC, copper and aluminium are also reclaimed and turned into metal granules for new production purposes.
 

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.

Greenrail: innovative & eco-sustainable railway sleepers

Greenrail track

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Italy

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Greenrail sleepers consist of an outer cover made of a blend of ELTs and recycled plastic, and an inner core of pre-stressed, reinforced concrete.

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.

Bioplastic foodservice ware, mulch film and packaging make plastic waste recycling more circular

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Novamont produces biopolymer products that are 100 % biodegradable and compostable from its MATER-BI® material for catering, agriculture and packaging.

Gumdrop gives chewing gum a second life

Gumdrop

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United Kingdom

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Gumdrop Ltd is the first company in the world to recycle and process chewing gum into a range of products such as boots or phone covers that can be used in the rubber and plastics industry.

Overcoming challenges to recycle EPS fish boxes into new food-grade packaging

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Spain

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The LIFE EPS SURE project aims to offer a technically, environmentally and economically viable solution that allows EPS fish boxes to be collected, washed and converted into new PS food contact packaging, thus closing the loop.

ReWeee: Reducing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Greece

Reweee project

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Greece

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The ReWeee Project aims to prevent the creation of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and to demonstrate that WEEE can be efficiently sorted and re-used.

The 48er-Tandler Re-use Shop – A Waste Prevention and Re-use Initiative of the City of Vienna

48er-Tandler

Vienna's Municipal Department 48, responsible for the city's waste management, has been active in re-use since 1989, when the city’s first re-use shop was founded. In Summer 2015, the Department opened the 48-er Tandler: a mobile re-use shop where citizens can buy affordable, quality second-hand goods and whose proceeds go entirely to charity. 

Virtuous recycling of end-of-life tyres by Ecopneus

The virtuous recycling of End-of-Life Tyres by Ecopneus

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Ecopneus is a non-profit consortium company consisting of the largest tyre manufacturers in Italy. It currently handles 70% of the tyres that reach the end of their life-cycles.

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.

Ballymun's boiler house is now a 3D textbook on reuse

Rediscovery Centre

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Ireland

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When Dublin's Ballymun suburb was scheduled for regeneration, a local environmental project redeveloped the neighbourhood's heating plant into a 3D textbook on repair, reuse and refurbish. The Rediscovery Centre, housed in the old boiler house, is now a cutting-edge creative space connecting people, resources and ideas that includes four social enterprises.

Beyond simple recycling with Tarkett ReStart program

Circular economy at Tarkett's

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EU, Luxembourg, Other (World)

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Tarkett, a world-wide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, has introduced a take-back Restart® program in Europe and North America to collect flooring, which then is sorted and selected as a source of quality raw materials to be used in Tarkett's own production process.

Luxembourg at the forefront of WEEE processing in Europe

Management of WEEE

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Luxembourg

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Ecotrel is the waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) recycling association for all of Luxembourg which has recently launched a "circularity and solidarity cluster" of business and social enterprises. These take back WEEE in order to re-use, disassemble or recycle it, and also to delete the personal data still stored in electronic waste.

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