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Repair, Refurbishment, Remanufacture, Repurpose

A French act of law against waste and for a circular economy

Loi anti-gaspillage

This French act of law contains about 50 measures providing for:

  • new obligations with the creation of new producer responsibility sectors to include new product families in the circular economy (toys, sports and do-it-yourself equipment, building materials, cigarette butts, sanitary textiles);
  • new prohibitions on single-use plastics and to fight waste of food and non-food unsold products;
  • new tools to better control and sanction offences against the environment (greater power for mayors to combat littering and illegal dumping), to support companies in their eco-design initiatives (bonus/malus-type incentives) and to assist citizens in new consumption practices (repairability index, information on environment and health impacts of products, harmonisation of info on sorting, etc.).

About Blanks gives new life to old books

About Blanks sketch- notebooks made from old book covers and recycled materials

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About Blanks makes sketchbooks and notebooks from old book covers and recycled materials.

Circular Governance in The Hague - Made in Moerwijk

Made in Moerwijk is a social circular initiative in The Hague that seeks to give new life to waste products.

Circular City Governance in Mechelen

Potterij

De Potterij in the Flemish city of Mechelen is set to become a circular economy incubator where young, innovative and creative entrepreneurs can meet up with like-minded people. It will also host a large supporting network for researchers, government and experts to make their circular economy ambitions a reality.

Rype Office applies the principles of circular economy and sustainability to office furniture

Rype Office

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Rype Office applies the principles of circular economy to physical workspace by remanufacturing quality used office furniture and creating furniture from waste.

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.

Rediscover Cycling puts life back into unwanted bicycles

Rediscover Cycling

Rediscover Cycling is a bicycle reuse social enterprise located at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin.

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.

Rediscover Paint collects unwanted paint and prepares it for reuse

Rediscover Paint

This social enterprise collects unwanted paint donated at local recycling centres, filters and remixes it to create new paint sold at the Rediscovery Centre’s Eco Store.

Rediscover Furniture promotes upcycling by giving new life to old furniture

Rediscover Furniture is a furniture restoration and upcycling social enterprise housed at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin.

La Tête dans les Nuages creates multicoloured bean bags out of exhausted hot air balloons

La Tête dans les Nuages gives a second chance to hot air balloons, advertising posters and polystyrene packaging, which would otherwise go to waste, by upcycling them into bean bags.

SWEETS hotel upcycles Amsterdam's bridge houses into unique guest rooms

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Since 2012, SWEETS hotel has been adapting Amsterdam's abandoned bridge houses into unique flats, thus preventing their demolition.

BlueCity revitalises abandoned Rotterdam water park into circular laboratory

BlueCity, Rotterdam

The BlueCity business park is one of Rotterdam's unique landmarks: formerly a water park resort, the complex is now a circular incubator housing over 30 startups experimenting towards a sustainable future.

Estonian business Rohepakend fights plastic waste with food wrap made from used clothing

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Estonian business Rohepakend has come up with a home-grown alternative to plastic food packaging: a food wrap made from donated cloth, pine resin from Estonian forests and beeswax.

Globe Hope: a pioneer in upcycled textiles since 2003

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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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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.

With Sika's adhesive, conveyor belts can be repaired on-site to save resources and increase longevity

Adhesives for rubber bonding support the circular economy

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Sika has developed a high-performance elastomer for the clean repair of the rubber substrate of conveyor belts and industrial rubber elements. This "liquid rubber" enables on-site repair and lengthens the product life of used belts.

Raytent: high-quality yarns and fabrics made from solar tents industry cut-offs

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Giovanardi recycles technical acrylic textiles from solar protection industry, to create the Raytent line of high-quality yarns and fabrics.

Denmark learns from Belgium on how to create repair and reuse networks

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In September 2018, the Danish inter-municipal waste management company AVV, which serves two Danish municipalities, visited the City of Brussels and its surroundings as part of a study visit on setting up effective repair and reuse systems. The visit was carried out within the framework of the TAIEX Peer-2-Peer EU Programme and with the support of Municipal Waste Europe and Bruxelles Environment.

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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The Super Circular Estate project addresses the challenge of changing housing needs. 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 buildings, and reuse their components to establish new social housing units.

La Polveriera: recycling old military warehouses into a vibrant space for civic and social initiatives

La polveriera

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The "Polveriera" is an urban regeneration project that converted an ancient military warehouse into a beautiful civic centre hosting several activities: learning and residential centre for disabled people, offices for cooperatives and NGOs, co-working space, auditorium, a shop and a restaurant-cafè. 

Mater-Biotech - the first world industrial plant for the production of bio-butanediol from renewable sources

Inaugurated in 2016, Mater-Biotech is the first world industrial plant for the production of 1.4 bio-butanediol (BDO) directly from sugars, paving the way for the production of new chemical intermediates from renewable sources. The plant was designed to reuse the by-products for its energy needs, thus optimizing the life cycle of the entire process.

Futur-E: 23 Italian thermoelectric power plants will get a new life, in consultation with local stakeholders and communities

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Enel is a prominent energy actor in Italy. As a result of its investment in renewable energy, 23 obsolete thermoelectric power plants and one mining area are to be decommissioned.

The Futur-E project aims to reconvert these outdated plants into local facilities satisfying criteria of innovation, social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Mater‐Biopolymer - industrial regeneration and recovery of production residues in biopolyesters industry

Mater-Biopolymer is a company based in Patrica, 100% owned by Novamont, dedicated to the production of Origo-Bi, biodegradable biopolyesters of renewable origin, and to the development of new biopolymers.

The industrial site is the result of the reconversion of existing infrastructures and skills of an abandoned production plant for PET. It ensures the highest quality and safety requirements.

Rifò - regenerating noble textile fibers into timeless pieces of clothing

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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.

Love them, wear them out, wear them again: full repair service is part of this eco-responsible shoe line

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Kavat produces durable and high-quality shoes made of sustainable materials by resorting to eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and also offers a shoe repair service.

Chants Libres - a pilot project combining professional furniture upcycling and social enterprise

Creation of a pilot sector for the recovery and re-used of materials from household furniture waste.

Atelier Extramuros is a social enterprise specialised in upcycling in the furniture sector, using reclaimed material from discarded professional furniture.

Chants Libres is a new pilot project aiming at improving recycled material sourcing - with the support of Valdelia - and designing protoypes for the professional furnishing sector.

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. 

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

Rediscovery Centre

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.

Wiltz - a Circular Economy Hotspot in the heart of Ardennes

Wiltz, capitale des Ardennes

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In October 2015 the Luxembourg government named the municipality of Wiltz a Circular Economy Hotspot.  In February 2018 Wiltz renewed its political commitment with a Circular Economy Charter signed by its municipal council, by which it committed itself to mainstreaming circular economy in its future project and activities.

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