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Fil&Fab transforms disused fishing nets into pellets to create new plastic products

Fil&Fab

Fil&Fab has developed a technique to transform disused end-of-life fishing nets into plastic sheets, which are then used to create a series of new plastic products.

Fibracat: an absorbing use for waste paper

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Fibracat has developed cellulose-based absorbents from paper for use in the cleaning and industrial hygiene sectors.

Espigoladors - food waste prevention and job creation for groups at risk of social exclusion

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Espigoladors is a social enterprise focused on preventing food waste and empowering people prone to social exclusion.

Bio2Materials creates 'leather' from apples

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Bio2Materials is a company which makes a 100% biodegradable 'leather' from apples – the main type of fruit grown in Poland.

Amorim Cork group: recycling, reusing and reinventing the use of cork

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The Amorim Group is among the cork industry’s world leaders. It has a business unit focused on recycling, reusing, and reinventing the use of cork - alone or mixed with other raw materials - in the generation of new products and applications (construction, footwear, aerospace, railways, etc.).

Pack, Wrap and Store with Beeswax Wraps by Malu

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Poland

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Beewraps by Malu is a food packaging material designed and produced by a Polish family company  to replace food foil, aluminum foil or disposable plastic containers with a biodegradable and reusable alternative.

Veolia: recycling PET bottles into new food packaging

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Veolia has been extending the useful life of plastic bottles using a PET (Poly Ethylene Terephthalate) plastic recycling process. A mechanical and chemical recovery process transforms the PET flakes into a product suitable for use with food.

Vanheede Environment Group: collecting packaged food waste to produce alternative fuels

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Vanheede Biomass Solutions processes packaged or unpackaged food items that, for various reasons, are no longer fit for human or animal consumption. Fermentable residue is gathered and processed at a bio-methanisation plant in order to generate green energy.

Triade Electronique: recycling WEEE

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Veolia has developed expertise and built specific facilities to tackle the complex process of treating, depolluting and dismantling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This is a valuable source of recyclable raw materials: ferrous metals, plastics and precious metals can all be recovered and reused.

The SAWYER project: identifying skills and safety needs for the furniture sector's circular transition

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The SAWYER project aims to facilitate the transition of European furniture companies to a more circular economy. The project ran from February 2020 to March 2021, studying the main legislative and voluntary instruments that can facilitate this transition.

I:CO - a global waste collection network for textiles

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I:CO is an international circular solutions provider for the collection, certified sorting, reuse and recycling of clothing and shoes. They aim to support innovative new recycling technologies which help close the loop of production cycles.

Souji: transforming used cooking oil into an ecological detergent

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SOUJI is a liquid based on minerals and vegetables that, when mixed in the correct proportions with used cooking oil, and after shaking the mixture for 1 minute, becomes a cleaning agent/detergent which is 96% less polluting than a common detergent. 

SIGUREC: Smart machines for recyclable waste

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SIGUREC is the most advanced household waste collection service currently operating in Romania. It is a broad initiative, implemented following an official agreement between private companies and public authorities.

ResQ - finding a buyer for that leftover cupcake

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ResQ Club is a Finnish company and mobile application, which also covers parts of Sweden, Poland and Germany. Its goal is to combat food waste by connecting sustainable restaurants, cafés and food shops with consumers who appreciate affordable quality food.

Remondis Aqua: extracting phosphoric acids from sewerage sludge

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Germany

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Remondis Acqua Group is a company specialising in systems for the production of high-quality water. They have developed new methods to protect raw materials and treat wastewater, with a new model of municipal sewerage treatment plant.

Neocomp: recycling glass-fibre-reinforced plastics

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Neocomp has developed a method for recycling glass fibre polymers used in the rotor blades of wind turbines. The polymers are shredded, then used as an additive in cement.

Lassila&Tikanoja: collecting and processing waste oils

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L&T organises the collection of waste oils, oil-contaminated water and a range of emulsions from industry. The collected materials are analysed and processed at L&T’s recycling plant.

Fruta Feia or Ugly Fruit finds beauty in misshaped fruit

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The cooperative Fruta Feia (“ugly fruit”, in Portuguese) has been preventing the waste of so-called “ugly” fruit in Portugal, that are not usually sold in markets.

FOREWEAR - inclusive social enterprise reusing and recycling clothing

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FOREWEAR is a project based in the Czech Republic. It collects unwanted clothing from company employees and donates them to charity organisations. Part of the material is recycled and, together with surpluses from textile industrial productions, is then used to produce recycled products printed with companies' branding.

EcoProtech Oy: turning waste organic material into biogas

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EcoProtech has developed the EPAD (EcoProtech Advanced Digestion) technology. EPAD is based on a continuous, industrial scale, anaerobic digestion process.

eChiller - highly energy-efficient cooler with minimal global warming impact

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eChiller is a refrigerator system developed and manufactured by the German company Efficient Energy which uses only water. 

Machiels Group: closing materials loops through enhanced landfill mining

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Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) of historic (and future) landfills is a key part of the solution for closing material loops. It addresses major societal challenges by recovering materials, energy and land. Machiels' ‘Closing the Circle’ project will be the first to put ELFM into practice.

LanaTerm: wool can keep buildings warm as well as sheep

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Romania

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There are not many eco-friendly products on the Romanian construction market, so there was definitely a niche in the thermal insulation market. LanaTerm uses sheep's wool to create thermal insulation for buildings.

The Fabric Sales - an almost complete circular fashion powerhouse

At the Fabric Sales, a new model has been developed for repurposing and extending the life of designer fabrics.

Titan Greece: making circular cement a reality

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Titan Greece - a cement and building material producer - plays an active role in the implementation of a circular economy model at various stages of the production process.

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