Plastic multi-layer composites are often used to package food in a functional and safe way. However, current recycling technologies are unable to reprocess these multi-layer composites into high-quality materials and so they are excluded from the circular economy.
For flexible food packaging, recyclability is even more complicated due to the high hygiene and safety standards that recyclates must meet when reused in contact with food. This is why CIRCULAR FoodPack is developing innovative solutions along the entire recycling value chain to make flexible food packaging circular.
At the Circularity FoodPack conference on 23 November, project partners and experts will present the latest findings and developments.
The CircularPSP consortium will be hosting the first meeting of the Circular Economy Taxonomy working group on 21 September 2023 at 10:00 - 12:00 CEST. This online working group brings together suppliers, municipal users and circular economy experts from all over Europe to shape a core terminology and collect initial data sources on the circular economy.
Join this workshop on 10 October on citizen engagement during the 2023 European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels! The event is organised in collaboration with the EU projects ARV, syn.ikia, oPEN Lab, and the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities.
Europe and the world face unprecedented sustainability challenges, largely as a result of unsustainable consumption. Since similar consumption patterns are expected to continue, technological and efficiency gains are likely to be insufficient to keep environmental and climate pressures within sustainable limits.
A more circular economy in Europe has the potential to reduce environmental and climate pressures and impacts from our consumption, but will require reshaping our consumption and production systems. This report presents trends in European household consumption and its environmental and climate pressures, and explores conditions for and pathways to a transition towards more sustainable and circular consumption patterns in Europe.
This white paper examines China's transition to a circular economy.
A new plan for China’s circular economy (CE) was set out in the 14th Five-Year Plan 2021-2025. Circular Innovation Lab's previous paper on China’s Circular Economy Policies: Review and Reflection argued that there has been significant improvement in environmental aspects in China. It also identified challenges in the implementation of past five-year plans, such as coordination challenges, uneven and unsustainable development, and lack of research.
This paper builds on those findings to address the way forward in China's CE transition, including challenges and opportunities.
The commitments listed on the platform primarily involve the company’s internal stakeholders, along with suppliers, partners and customers. All aspects of the circular economy are leveraged in these commitments, from the supply of sustainable resources to the repair and recycling of the end product.
The new Horizon Europe Cluster 6 calls for proposals related to the circular economy will be open for submissions between until 22 February 2024. EUR 120 million will be available in the form of grants to cover safe, integrated circular solutions at regional and sectoral levels for important material flows and product value chains.
Gravity Wave is a social start-up based in Spain. It focuses on working with small-scale fishermen to collect as much as possible of the plastic waste fouling the Mediterranean, from water bottles to a whole load of discarded fishing nets.