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Mercato Circolare - a smartphone app searching for circular economy products, services and events

Free-of-charge smartphone app to search for circular economy products, services and events. 

Rifò - regenerating noble textile fibers into timeless pieces of clothing

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.

A new pyrolysis process for ELT delivers high grade secondary raw materials at a lower environmental cost

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Tyrebirth has developed a new technological approach for the management of ELT (end-of-life tyres) through the production of microwave pyrolysis plants. The process uses microwaves and infrared radiation to activate the pyrolysis on the tyres, generating second raw materials with an extremely low environmental impact. 

Italian design with maestria: these stylish pieces of furniture are modular, repairable, recyclable

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Lessmore, the Italian ecodesign brand, produces and trades a collection of furnishings and accessories designed to ensure maximal repairability and recyclability, and minimal environmental impact.

Idea Plast: decades of design and production experience bring playful new life to recycled plastics

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Idea Plast is an Italian company specialising in the design of plastic parts since 1987. It aims at providing clients with a full service for new plastic manufactured goods, including design, prototyping, testing and best options for end-of-life recycling.

Funghi Espresso: where ideas mushroom left and right

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Funghi Espresso is an innovative startup that produces fresh mushrooms in a sustainable and natural way, using coffee grounds (coffee waste) from local bars and restaurants as a growing substance.

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

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Sweden

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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.

3SIXTY Turn Recycled Plastic Bottles and Upcycled Ocean Waste Into Towels For The Hotel Industry

3sixty towels made using recycled plastic bottles

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Ireland

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3SIXTY upcycled end of life, single use plastic bottles and ocean waste into towels for the hotel industry.

Biopolymer Hydal is made from waste cooking oil and is 100% recyclable

Hydal is nature

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Czech Republic

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NAFIGATE’s Hydal Biotechnology uses waste cooking oil to produce a fully biodegradable and biocompatible PHA biopolymer named Hydal (Polyhydroxyalcanoates). This is the first biopolymer of its kind being produced on an industrial scale at an affordable price.

Gumdrop gives chewing gum a second life

Gumdrop

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Gumdrop Ltd is the first company in the world to recycle and process chewing gum into a range of products such as boots or phone covers that can be used in the rubber and plastics industry.

SK-Tex, a Slovakian recycling company, transforms old clothes into insulation products

SK-Tex product EkosenHMC

SK-Tex takes old clothing and turns it into products that can be used in cars, furniture and buildings. The company has been in operation since 1998, beginning as a textile raw materials trading company before developing into a recycling company.

DyeCoo uses reclaimed CO₂ as the dyeing medium, in a closed loop process

DyeCoo

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DyeCoo, based in Weesp, the Netherlands, has more than 15 years of experience in CO₂-based textile processing technology. By replacing water with CO₂ for the dyeing process, no wastewater is generated. Furthermore, DyCoo uses reclaimed CO₂ from existing idustrial processes, making it a closed loop operation.

How recyclable is this packaging, once in consumers' hands? PREP Design makes a thorough assessment.

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PREP is a tool used by brand owners and packaging designers. By entering all the packaging characteristics in the platform software, a detailed report lists what happens to it when recycled by consumers and to which extent it is recyclable in real-life conditions.

Turning waste into energy by co-generation using biomass

Genesis Biopartner - plant

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Romania

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Local industrial cluster

Genesis Biopartner has built a plant for the co-generation of thermal energy (heat) and mechanical energy (electricity) from biogas in Romania.

Transforming waste into resources

Green Group: Resource the Waste

Green Group Holding: integrated waste management solutions for six main waste streams associated with households and SMEs (WEEE, plastics, PET, glass, lighting bulbs, cardboard) are now available in Romania as a pioneer development for South Eastern Europe via a private investment starting back in 2012.

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.

Ecoplasteam recycles multi-layer packaging integrally to produce EcoAllene

EcoAllene™

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Ecoplasteam has created a new plastic material - EcoAllene™​ - integrally recycled, this material contains two of the three layers - paper, polyethylene and aluminium - of "tetrapak" packaging.

By experimenting with recycled water bottles as material for internal components, Océ discovered the drivers and barriers to using recycled plastic in manufacturing

varioprint 135 circular economy

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In designing the varioPrint 135, Océ partnered with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Philips to experiment with the use of recycled plastic in the production of industrial printers. The company has made a further step towards circular economy and succeeded in developing an internal component that contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled polycarbonate.

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