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11 Oct 2021 to 17 Oct 2021
Circular Week 2021

Circular Week, an international campaign consisting of a series of events and initiatives devoted to circular economy and sustainable development, will take place on 12-18 October 2021 throughout Europe. Its goal is to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders.

Staramaki – a straw made naturally from wheat

Staramaki wheat straw

“Staramaki” is a straw made of wheat. It is produced by a social cooperative KoinSep in Kilkis, northern Greece. The most widely produced local product wheat is used to create a viable eco-friendly alternative to single use plastic straws. At the same time they create employment opportunities and promote social cohesion, as well as local and regional development.

18 May 2021 to 20 May 2021
RREUSE study tour

RREUSE is organising its second online study tour designed to help public authorities implement re-use activities. The tour is tailored for representatives of local, regional and national authorities, municipalities and public waste companies wishing to develop re-use activities in their area using a social enterprise model.

Achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

RREUSE: achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

RREUSE logo
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Julija Kekstaite - Policy Officer RREUSE
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03/2021
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Belgium

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RREUSE welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to develop a favourable policy environment for social economy actors, calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP) that would provide a policy toolbox enabling a green, fair and circular transition in the post-COVID economic recovery. In order to establish a sustainable EU socio-economic environment and maximise the SEAP’s potential, RREUSE seeks to put forward the following recommendations on four priority areas:

  1. Mainstream the social economy within circular policies and beyond
  2. Recognise the real value of social enterprises active in the circular economy
  3. Improve access to funding for social enterprises
  4. Acknowledge social enterprises’ role in (up)skilling to meet changing market needs.
25 Mar 2021

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online
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EU

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The European Commission, in partnership with the city of Mannheim (DE), will hold a European Social Economy Summit on 26-27 May.

On 23 March (1:30 - 3:00 pm), in preparation of this summit, the EESC is organising a workshop to discuss how to bring a civil society perspective to the debate on the contribution of Social Economy Enterprises to the transition towards circular economy in Europe.

Ateliere Fără Frontiere: refurbishing computers so children can keep learning

Ateliere Fara Frontiere

Ateliere Fără Frontiere is a social enterprise fighting against the exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination of the most disadvantaged categories of people, and acting for their social and professional integration.

Julia Metzner

03 Feb 2021
Circular and social procurement programme

The Metropolis of Greater Paris, INEC, ObsAR and Les Canaux are launching their support programme, the Circular and Social Purchases Programme, at a webinar on 3 February 2021 from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Ecopreneur.eu - the European Sustainable Business Federation

The European Sustainable Business Federation Ecopreneur.eu features six national associations with 3000 sustainable companies - mostly SMEs.

A member of the ECESP Coordination Group, Ecopreneur.eu is the international business organisation in Brussels committed to ambitious measures, rules and regulations for a low-carbon circular economy. Ecopreneur.eu advocates a new economic framework by bringing concrete experience from pioneering companies into the political debate, showing best practice examples and advocating the needs of green SMEs in a credible way.

The Ecopreneur.eu Low-Carbon Circular Economy Advocacy Group is a sounding board of circular economy pioneers, including Tarkett, Werner & Mertz, Interface, REMONDIS and HUMANA Kleidersammlung.

Arthur ten Wolde

Michael Laermann

Quid Project - sustainable and ethical fashion

Quid

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Italy

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Quid provides jobs for vulnerable people, especially women, in a field for which Italy is renowned: fashion. Quid markets its ethical and sustainable clothing under the label Quid Project. The project sources the raw material from the Italian fashion and textile world, using production surpluses and end-of-series fabrics. It therefore combines social and environmental impact.

09 Dec 2020 to 10 Dec 2020
Re-use

An online study tour on re-use & repair for municipalities and public waste companies which aims to create an inclusive circular economy at local level.

Circular Navarre Catalogue

Circular Navarre Catalogue

The Circular Navarre Catalogue is a booklet showcasing 20 organisations - based on circular business models - in the Navarre region, who are looking for international cooperation. 

Envie Autonomie collects and renovates technical equipment from rehabilitation centers, hospitals and care centres

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France

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The French company, Envie Autonomie, collects and renovates technical equipment, such as wheelchairs, used beds, walkers and other aids. In this way, they ensure a second life to important equipment.

14 Sep 2020 to 18 Sep 2020
Interreg North-West Europe CHARM European Regional Development Fund

Participate in a series of short online events aimed to inspire housing organisations, policy-makers and communities. They will focus on circular economy in housing and on how communities can develop new homes or retrofit existing homes with minimal impact on the planet.

PC4Change – Electronic refurbishing with the best of intentions

PC4Change

PC4Change is a project of the Reware Cooperative - Social Enterprise, specialized since 2013 in the refurbishing of computers dismissed by large companies.

The "rag doll" project: circular Portuguese crafts and traditions ready to cross borders

The Ó Boneco ("rag doll" in Portuguese) project was born out of a desire to design a tailor-made training combining handicrafts and the traditions of the municipality of Valongo in Portugal.

reCIRCULARte: dusting off old furniture and objects to give them new life in a circular effort

The project reCIRCULARte started in 2017: three unemployed people decided to reuse, recover and restore second-hand material or objects, giving them new life.

Holy-wood upcycles old-fashioned furniture into designer creations

Holy-wood upcycling social entrepreneurship ecodesign carpentry

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Belgium

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Holy-wood is an association of craftsmen who design designer furniture with locally recovered wood in an ethical and holistic approach.

Rue Rangoli: where "fight against exclusion” rhymes with “sustainable development”

LOGO RUE RANGOLI

Rue Rangoli is a French social enterprise that supports social organisations involved in upcycling or zero-waste and the design circular economy, based in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Leuven Circulair - a detailed programme for circularity, in the context of Leuven 2030 Roadmap

The city of Leuven, in Flanders, aims to play a leading role in initiating systemic change in cities and society at large.

The Roadmap 2025 · 2035 · 2050, drawn up by Leuven 2030 and numerous experts, serves as a guide to achieving the goal of a climate-neutral city by 2050. In September 2019 a professional team of programme managers started on no less than 13 specific programmes, which will transform this unique plan into concrete actions and impact on the field.

Leuven Circulair finds its place in specific programme #09, outlining key actions for circularity in the city with a strong focus on social, repair, refurbishment, knowledge and expertise from the University of Leuven and local fablabs.

PermaFungi - recycling coffee grounds into upcycled products

PermaFungi

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Belgium

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PermaFungi is a Brussels-based social cooperative that recycles waste coffee grounds into different upcycled products.

About Blanks gives new life to old books

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

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Netherlands

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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.

Croatian cooperative Humana Nova gives used clothing a new life, and its members a new dream to fulfill

Humana Nova

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Croatia

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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.

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