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Circular lighting by Signify

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Netherlands

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Signify was the first lighting company to develop 3D printing of luminaires at scale. As part of its commitment to doubling its positive impact on the environment and society, Signify has committed to doubling its circular revenues to 32% by the end of 2025.

SCALITE®: creating interior design applications from fish scales

Fish scales

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France

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SCALITE® is a material produced by SCALE and is made completely from fish scales, a by-product of the fishing industry. The material is manufactured in stone-like blocks which are suited to many applications in interior design and decoration for the hospitality and retail sectors, offices and homes.

Grown uses mycelium and agricultural waste to create fully biodegradable and toxic-free alternative to EPS and EPP

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Grown is a biotechnology company that has developed an innovative use for mycelium - the network of mushroom roots - as binding agent for agricultural waste to create fully biodegradable and toxic-free packaging or insulation material.

Coolrec: recovering cast iron from washing machines

Cast iron

Coolrec, an electronics goods recycling company, extracts cast iron counterweights from old Miele washing machines to be returned to the factory for recycling.

Löfbergs' drive for circular change in the coffee industry

Coffee beans

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Sweden

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In Sweden, there is an initiative from the coffee roasting sector which aims to eliminate all waste related to coffee cultivation, processing and consumption by the year 2030.

EtMoi works with prisoners to make badge holders, cushions and masks from old ties and scarves

EtMoi

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Belgium

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EtMoi@Work is a Belgium-based circular, social, economy project. It consists of the production of a collection of office articles: badge holders, card holders, cushions for office chairs and new masks in silk by local prisoners. It is a circular economy project, since all its productions use recycled conference lanyards, silk ties and scarves that are no longer worn and, if possible, old jewelry.

Veolia and Knauf: transforming glass waste into mineral wool

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Veolia and Knauf have established a partnership to collect, process and transform waste glass into mineral wool for use as an insultating material.

Mapei: recovering unused concrete from mixer lorries

Mapei

The Italian company Mapei has come up with a product which brings leftover cement in mixer trucks back into the production cycle.

Estonian start-up 3Cular designs: creating 3D objects from sawdust

3cular

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Estonia

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Estonian start-up 3cular has designed a pioneering way of reusing this sawdust to produce new objects with 3D printing. The desired object is designed using 3D modelling software and then a 3D printer is used to produce the object in layers. The printing ink is a combination of sawdust and a non-toxic binder making it possible to print wooden objects faster and easier preserving the environment.

Veras - multiplatform for clothing reuse and upcycling in Denmark

Veras

Based in the Danish capital Copenhagen, Veras operates several initiatives to reduce waste in the fashion sector by making it easy for everyone to swap and sell clothes. Veras is primarily an online webshop shipping to all Europe, where users can send in their own clothes. It also hosts weekly clothing markets for everyone to buy and sell clothing and has a flagship store in Copenhagen.

Recycled and compostable polymer biocomposites by Trifilon

Trifilon

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Sweden

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Trifilon Revo uses an existing, consistent source of plastic from a European stream and reinforces it with hemp fibers, thus improving the impact properties of the recycled plastics, which can be used to produce a range of colours and surface finishes, matte or polished.

Billy Tannery makes leather goods from rescued goatskins

Billy Tannery

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United Kingdom

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Billy Tannery is a micro-tannery helping to create value by reusing goatskins that would otherwise go to waste, to make leather products.

The Shellworks collective recycles lobster shells into various types of bioplastic

Shellworks

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United Kingdom

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The Shellworks designers’ collective recycles seafood shells to make bioplastic, in order to reduce plastic use and waste.

Ocean Cleanup - From the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to design sunglasses

Ocean Cleanup

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Netherlands

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Ocean Cleanup has launched design sunglasses made from plastic removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Teemill's circular supply chain: from cotton seed to t-shirt, nothing is wasted!

Teemill

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The company Teemill produces t-shirts from organic cotton. They are designed to be sent back to the company when they are worn out.

Philips: Recycled plastics for brand-new coffee machines

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Netherlands

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Since 2010, Philips has been working on introducing recycled plastics into its product portfolio. The baseplate of Senseo Original coffee makers, the company’s most popular model, has been changed to 95% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Oryzite: reusing rice husks to reduce the use of plastics

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Spain

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Oryzite is a method for incorporating rice husks as a filler in all types of thermoplastics. The company transforms the rice husks into resin, which can then be used to obtain the same volume of injection-moulded plastic using much fewer fossil-fuel-based polymers.

ReBlend - a Social enterprise promoting circular economy for textiles

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Netherlands

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ReBlend develops textiles and textile products made from textiles that otherwise end up in incineration. Textiles made from recycled fibres offer a positive alternative for designers and companies. In collaboration with waste collectors, producers, designers, makers and visionaries, ReBlend organises a full supply chain from start to finish to accelerate a new ecosystem for circular textiles.

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.

ecoBirdy: Children’s furniture made from recycled plastic toys

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Belgium

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EcoBirdy has come up with a way to recycle mixed plastics, and then uses the resulting material to make recyclable children's furniture.

Mater: chairs from spent brewery grain

Mater Mask stool

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Denmark

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In Denmark, the interior design company Mater has developed chairs made out of brewery waste. The production method uses plastic waste and the grain left over from beer production at the Danish brewery Carlsberg.

Fjällräven up-cycles wool as a by-product of the meat industry

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Fjällräven is giving wool waste a second life by using it for innovative purposes, like padding in jackets or backplate in backpacks.

Marealis: peptides harvested from discarded prawn shells help fight high blood pressure

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EU, Other (Norway)

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Marealis uses discarded prawn shells from the seafood industry to make a natural supplement that can lower blood pressure.

Studio Thomas Vailly's flower power: how to make leather and glue from sunflowers

Studio Thomas Vailly

Studio Thomas Vailly's project makes use of what is left of the sunflower crop to produce innovative materials.

TailoredTile reinvents wall decoration

TailoredTile

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Portugal

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TailoredTile creates decorative tile pieces completely made of recovered plastic. The company also promotes circular economy by accepting used tilegrams in exchange of purchase discounts, as this material can be crushed and shaped more than once.

Sonae Arauco: Sustainable wood-based panels made from wood industry by-products

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Sonae Arauco is a wood-based panel producer that contributes to the circular economy through the recovery of wood waste. It has developed a close value chain that reuses and recycles the wood residues generated during the production process. 

Da Vide: reducing CO2 emissions when producing paper, paints and pens from by-products of grapevines

Da Vide project

In the Douro Valley of Portugal, the research and development project Da Vide has created a range of products using grapevine residues – from paper to pens – avoiding the use of plastics and wood and using agricultural waste as a resource.

SEAclic: Resource-saving packaging for temperature-sensitive foods from Storopack

SEAclic bio-based application

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Germany, Other (Worldwide)

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SEAclic is a project developed by the German company Storopack, which has created a packaging technology suitable for temperature-sensitive food products, such as fish. The bio-based version of the Storopack SEAclic Box is made from a new, compostable plastic. 

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