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Twin transition in the manufacturing sector A blueprint

Twin transition: a blueprint for the textile and furniture industries

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Juan Jose Ortega, Clement Mahier, Erwan Mouazan, María Victoria Gómez, Petra Dufkova
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10/2022
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Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Spain

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The TwinRevolution project supports Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners from the textile and furniture industries on their green and digital transition journey.

The blueprint Twin transition in the manufacturing sector offers an overview of the current challenges faced by the sector. Best practices examples from both industries illustrate how smart and circular approaches can accelerate the transformation of these two sectors.

Following a literature review detailing the current state of industry 4.0 and circular economy in both sectors, the report highlights how specific Key Enabling Technologies can support a twin transition.

22 Nov 2022 to 24 Nov 2022
Nordic Circular Summit 2022

The Nordic Circular Summit is a hybrid summit exploring circular economy in the Nordic region, hosted by Nordic Circular Hotspot and Nordic Innovation. Participants in the event will learn about the region's tremendous circular opportunities—with events offering talks, debates, panel discussions and workshops on topics such as circular tools, regenerative models and materials, communicating circularity, business and finance, energy and resources, construction, manufacturing and much more.

27 Jun 2022

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EU

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The European Economic and Social Committee has adopted an own-initiative opinion on the European furniture industry's recovery and shift towards an innovative, green and circular economy. The opinion calls on the European Commission to provide more integrated strategies for specific economic sectors, coordinating the various policy fields into an ongoing transition of the European economy.

04 Jul 2022 to 08 Jul 2022
doc-ECE

The EIT Doctoral School on Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy brings together highly motivated PhD candidates from a variety of disciplines (science, design, economics, law, etc.) to foster entrepreneurial thinking, increase their awareness regarding circular economy opportunities and provide them with skills and tools to translate technological ideas into relevant and viable business initiatives, towards a more sustainable future. Apply now! Application deadline 6 June!

CISUFLO: minimising the environmental impact of the EU flooring sector

CISUFLO

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Belgium

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The project, funded under Horizon 2020, aims to develop a systemic circular approach to floor coverings.

19 May 2022
EFIC Conference: The Furniture Day 2022

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Brussels
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Belgium

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EFIC is organizing an hybrid event on 19 May, to create a cross value chain discussion about the furniture industry and its future competitiveness and positive societal impact. Policymakers, furniture industry and supply chain representatives will debate about the impact of the pandemic and the twin transition: sustainability and digitalisation.

22 Nov 2021 to 09 Dec 2021
EIT Climate-KIC

Climate KiC has launched two training programmes focusing on the use of Circularity Thinking tools in the manufacturing and food sectors within EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) countries. Registration are open!

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law: eliminating waste and promoting social inclusion

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law is a great example of cross-sectoral collaboration. Policymakers, municipalities, NGOs and businesses worked together with the public administration to identify a richer range of needs, solutions, and policy measures. As a result, the law is ambitious and contributes to a system-wide transition towards a circular economy.

This case study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is part of a series of case studies that exemplify elements of the Universal circular economy policy goals (2021) in practice.

Rice for architecture by Ricehouse

Risehouse

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

Antri Constantinou

Arapaha: Circular goods made out of advanced bio-based materials

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Netherlands

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Arapaha is a design company which develops and manufactures sustainable, circular household and sports items and clothing. It focuses on circular processes and uses biobased composites. Goods purchased in their webshop can be returned when no longer needed so that the components can be reused.

GHform: Leasing as a way of extending the life of outdoor furniture

lamp posts

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Denmark

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The Danish company GHform produces outdoor furniture and inventory, such as benches, waste bins and street lights. The company is now also offering municipalities the chance to lease its cast iron lamp posts.

Mater: chairs from spent brewery grain

Mater Mask stool

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Denmark

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In Denmark, the interior design company Mater has developed chairs made out of brewery waste. The production method uses plastic waste and the grain left over from beer production at the Danish brewery Carlsberg.

A municipal procurement contract complying with Nordic Eco-label criteria

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Denmark

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The Danish State procurement authority has signed an exclusive procurement contract with the furniture brand Duba-B8, whereby all office furniture must be able to be disassembled into parts and reused several times.

Soeco: upcycling office furniture

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Sweden

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Soeco Kontorsmöbler is a Swedish company that recycles and refurbishes office furniture. Its goal is to take furniture which would most likely be thrown away and transform it into an item that either looks like or is new.

REC.ON creates high quality furniture from automobile parts

RE.CON lamp

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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.

Fairmittlerei, supplying NGOs with industry's excess equipment and materials

Die Fairmittlerei

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Austria

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Fairmittlerei works as a connection hub between NGOs and industries for the purchasing of excess non-food products in industries.

The SAWYER project: identifying skills and safety needs for the furniture sector's circular transition

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The SAWYER project aims to facilitate the transition of European furniture companies to a more circular economy. The project ran from February 2020 to March 2021, studying the main legislative and voluntary instruments that can facilitate this transition.

The Flemish government’s Facility Services Agency opts for circular office furnishings

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The Facility Services Agency drew up an inventory of all the surplus office furniture from the various departments of the Flemish government. This made it much easier to give the chairs, desks and cupboards etc. a second life.

Convert makes every fibre matter

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Denmark

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Convert works to support UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns. It explores how natural sustainable resources can be used to make new products and seeks to reduce the amount of waste on earth through recycling and upcycling. Every fibre matters when waste fibres are used as non-woven material.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, or how to accelerate the transition to a circular economy

Ellen McArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. It works with, and inspires, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.

Its vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value.

A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive. The Foundation’s work focuses on six interlinking areas:

  1. Learning
  2. Business
  3. Institutions, Governments and Cities
  4. Insight and Analysis
  5. Systemic Initiatives
  6. Communications.

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