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26 Mar 2020

At times of Covid-19 quarantine, Belgian startup ASmartWorld who reconditions second-hand smartphones, took the initiative to distribute them free of charge in old people's homes to help guests reconnect with their families.

One-woman's initiative in Belgium transforms broken umbrellas into raincapes and bags

Our industries and our current way of life make us produce more and more in an "ephemeral" way. We throw away big amounts of raw materials that we could easily reuse and launch back in the circular economy.

Parapluiestandupcycling decided to retrieve the fabric of broken umbrellas and to create a utility garment out of it.

RE4 project: designing solutions for circular buildings, integrating recycled materials from construction and demolition waste

The EU-funded RE4 project has developed prefabricated energy-efficient building concepts containing up to 85 % of recycled materials and reused structures from construction and demolition waste (DMW).

restado - Circular Economy in the Construction Sector

restado.de - Circular Economy in the Construction Sector

restado is a platform that offers a circular economy approach to construction by promoting the reuse of reclaimed construction materials.

It provides support and knowledge on how to reclaim and reuse the materials, and offers a marketplace to trade them.

20 Apr 2020 to 22 Apr 2020
OCCE - Event - Rome, Italy

This conference in Rome offers an exchange platform for discussing best practices and latest developments and solutions in the circular economy and climate field.

'Become a Miljönär' campaign: beneficial to circular consumption and participating businesses

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Sweden

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The campaign “Be a Miljönär” [a pun which merges miljö (environment) with miljonär (millionaire)] has a long-term goal: reducing waste and making sustainable consumption a habit among people aged between 18 and 30.

19 Mar 2020

Drawing on the results of CIRC4Life, the event aims to present examples of circular business models, discuss barriers and enablers, as well as how to incentivise consumers to engage with circular practices. It will also discuss the new Circular Economy Action Plan by the European Commission.

About Blanks gives new life to old books

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

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

03 Mar 2020
Conférence Nantes

Le groupe AFNOR organise une conférence à Nantes le 3 mars 2020 de 9h30 à 12h30 sur l’économie circulaire. Au programme : panorama réglementaire, solutions pour s’engager, formations et dispositifs d’évaluation… Entrez dans la boucle !

Circular Governance in The Hague - Made in Moerwijk

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Netherlands

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

Circular City Governance in Prato

Circular Prato

Thanks to its textile recycling techniques, Prato is considered one of the most advanced and innovative industrial cities in Italy.

Circular City Governance in Mechelen

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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.

20 Jan 2020
Reimagine fashion

Applications to the European Social Innovation Competition 2020 are now open! Under the theme Reimagine Fashion: Changing behaviours for sustainable fashion, the 2020 competition is looking for projects and ideas that will change the ways we produce, buy, use and recycle fashion, moving towards increased global sustainability and changing consumer behaviour at local, national and European levels.

18 Dec 2019

Despite the waste hierarchy in force – Reduce, Re-use and Recycle, re-use could be much further developed. Waste management programmes include re-use but prioritise recycling, even though re-use is more environmentally and socially friendly. 2Lifes project is meant to be an instrument to help boost re-use through public policy.

Circular economy for climate neutrality: Setting the priorities for the EU

Circular economy for climate neutrality: Setting the priorities for the EU

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Vasileios Rizos, Milan Elkerbout, Christian Egenhofer
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11/2019
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The previous Commission policy on resources management was part of the priority for jobs and growth and economic competitiveness. The circular economy will be no less important for the new political priority of climate neutrality; it will become one of the indispensable elements for meeting the EU’s ambitions.

EU climate policy and the circular economy are, by and large, complementary and mutually reinforcing. The circular economy is more than just another ‘product standards’ policy.

Circular economy products for the foreseeable future will require both technology push and market pull policies. The principal challenge will be to create ‘lead markets’ for the circular economy in combination with low-carbon products. 

MagicPallet: the world's first online collaborative solution dedicated to the exchange of reusable pallets

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MagicPallet is the first collaborative platform dedicated to the exchange of pallets in Europe. This platform allows anyone to trade, buy and sell their Europe pallets in the right place at the right time. Pallets are flat platform structures used to support goods in a stable manner during transport. They create efficiencies when it comes to handling and storing goods. 

Identifying the impact of the circular economy on the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industry: opportunities and challenges for businesses, workers and consumers – mobile phones as an example

Identifying the impact of the circular economy on the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industry: opportunities and challenges for businesses, workers and consumers – mobile phones as an example

mobile pone case study of circular economy impact CEPS EESC

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Centre for European Policy Studies
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10/2019
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Mobile phones, particularly smartphones, have undergone a period of rapid growth to become virtually indispensable to today's lifestyle. Yet their production, use and disposal can entail a significant environmental burden.

This study, commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee and carried out by the Centre for European Policy Studies, looks at the opportunities and challenges arising from implementing circular economy approaches in the mobile phone value chain. A review of the value chain and different circular approaches is complemented by a scenario analysis that aims to quantify the potential impacts of circular approaches such as recycling, refurbishment and lifetime extension.

The study finds that there is a large untapped potential for recovering materials from both the annual flow of new mobile phones sold in Europe once they reach the end of their life and the accumulated stock of unused, so-called "hibernating" devices in EU households. Achieving high recycling rates for these devices can offer opportunities to reduce EU dependence on imported materials and make secondary raw materials available on the EU market, as shown in the picture below.

Drawing on the empirical findings and the analysis conducted, this study recommends policy action in the following areas:

  • Collection rates of old unused mobile phone devices are low, which means there is largely unexploited potential in the EU for recovering valuable materials from these devices.
  • Although consumers generally show willingness to engage in circular economy practices for mobile phones, in reality only a few do so.
  • Various challenges for reuse and refurbishment businesses stem from EU legislation, including regulatory complexity and "preparation for use" in the WEE directive

As such, policy-makers should close the collection gap for mobile phone devices, which could in turn create jobs in the refurbishment sector. Extending the lifetime of mobile phones can also provide CO2 mitigation benefits, particularly from displacing the production of new devices.

Rediscover Cycling puts life back into unwanted bicycles

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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

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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

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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

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

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.

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