The project Bio+, led by the bag manufacturer PICDA and coordinated by AIMPLAS, will allow to develop customized compostable materials for plastic packages, bags and tableware.
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The company Van de Sant Innovations BV designs and manufactures comfortable sustainable furniture, made from recovered (ocean) plastics.
New Plastic Planet campaign animations have been developed, which are now available for use and download for free from WRAP' Resource Library.
Simina LAKATOS is founding President of the Institute for Circular Economy and Environment "Ernest Lupan" (IRCEM) since 2012. Simina has economical and technical knowledge, abilities and experience: she holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. Honours in Materials and Environment Engineering. She obtianed a Doctorate in Engineering and Management in 2011 after defending her thesis on Corporate Social Responsibility. Simina has been part of the Dept. of Management and Economical Engineering of UTC since 2011, where she teaches and researches the following areas: Sustainable Development with focus in circular economy, Strategic Management with focus in social economy, Enterprise Assessment and Marketing and International Management, all of which helps her to develop the IRCEM. Her focus is to accelerate the transition towards circularity from the bottom up with concerted actions, developing practical and scalable solutions, national campaigns, communicating and involving ohters in the dissemination of the circular economy and sustainable development message. Simina is Romanian and is fluent in English and Italian.
The FISSAC project involves stakeholders at all levels of the construction and demolition value chain to develop a methodology and software platform, to facilitate information exchange, that can support industrial symbiosis networks and replicate pilot schemes at local and regional levels.
SCP/RAC promotes an action in Morocco to support the country in transitioning from single-use plastic bags to other green means.
The European Commission is aiming to reveal its plan to curb single-use plastics in May.
Recycle Now plastics campaign
The EU said in last month’s Plastics Strategy that it wants to boost how much plastic is reused and recycled.
Laura Cutaia, researcher at ENEA is an Environmental Engineer (1996) with a PhD in raw materials eng. (2002). Main research topics: Industrial ecology and Symbiosis, Technology for raw and secondary materials treatment, Resources management, Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Certification, End of life management. She is the responsible of Resources Valorisation Lab. at ENEA working on: circular economy and resource efficiency, industrial ecology and symbiosis, LCA, environmental certification schemes, REACH regulation, sustainable industrial areas.
Packaging & Circular Economy
As is the case with Mr. Jourdain, who was unaware of what he was writing, industries involved in packaging have already implemented the circular economy model. Results in material recycling are relevant proof thereof. Industries are not getting involved in this process out for ideological reasons but because it often makes sense from an economical point of view. Since we were lucky enough not to be starting from scratch, we offered a tangible approach through illustration for each main material and/or packaging category from: glass to paper, cardboard, food cartons, steel, aluminum, wood, and plastic materials. This also includes the energy consumed by the different materials and the waste produced by all the different activities involved. By digesting some of the best existing or developing practices, we wish to make the circular economy model a fully-fledged part of the packaging sector.
Alexandre Affre is Director for the Industrial Affairs department at BusinessEurope, the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at European level. In this role since 2013, Alexandre is responsible for developing and communicating the organization’s positions on energy, climate and environmental policy as well as industrial policy and research & innovation. Prior to that, he worked at the wildlife trade monitoring network of WWF and IUCN. Alexandre is a trained scientist and holds a Master in Ecology from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK charity with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy.
Since its creation the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. Maja has been with the Foundation’s the Gov. & Cities team since 2015, where her work revolves around supporting policymakers at international, national, regional and local level in driving circular economy initiatives.
REPESCA_PLAS project in the framework of the Fundación Biodiversidad Pleamar programme
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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.
ReMade in Italy® is the first certification scheme accredited in Italy to verify the content of recycled materials in a product.
The Circular Economy Demonstration Projects programme was launched in 2014 and has been repeated yearly, having developed 36 projects by 2016.
The LIFE RECYPACK project will implement a new public-private waste management project for commercial plastic packages in line with the circular economy criteria.
Reducing marine litter: action on single use plastics and fishing gear
The PlanetCare Filter is a simple, yet efficient filter for removing microfibrers from washing machine waste water.
The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics was adopted today as part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
The Circulars: the People’s Choice Award
Circular economy conference
Toxic plastic to be 'burned in Britain' due to China import ban
The Commission's Plastic Strategy in early 2018 will address possible approaches to address some single-use plastic items and marine litter including lost or abandoned fishing gear.
Circular Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, will connect with companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical tools.
VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. The scheme delivers concrete results in the use of additives, traceability, collection and recycling.
BREAD4PLA is a project conducted by a consortium of four European organisation led by AIMPLAS.
It seeked to demonstrate, in a pre-productive pilot plant process, the viability of poly(lactic acid), a bioplastic polymer (PLA), synthesized from waste products of the bakery industry for the production of bakery packaging.
Recycling plastic parts from scrapped end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in the Basque Country to obtain high-added-value granules.