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rhinopaq: reusable and recyclable shipping packaging as a B2B service

Rhinopaq

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Germany

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rhinopaq provides reusable shipping packaging boxes made of polypropylene, which can be reused up to 20 times.

How to make grocery bags out of old t-shirts

Grocery bag of a T-shirt

A simple design to turn an old t-shirt into a circular grocery bag.

CIA: putting coffee husks to good use

Reuse and valorisation of coffee peels

The Italian company CIA has found that the most appropriate way to reuse coffee husks is as a fertiliser and soil conditioner by composting them in organic farms.

Dienpi: applying research to materials for fashion accessory production

Dienpi

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Italy

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Dienpi S.r.l. produces labels, tags and packaging for fashion brands. The production of tags and packaging for luxury brands whose production processes are not traditionally linear involves considerable amounts of innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.

Rice for architecture by Ricehouse

Risehouse

Ricehouse natural mortars are obtained by expertly mixing aerial lime with rice husks, a agricultural by-product derived from husking raw rice.

CleanBags: A machine for disinfecting medical bags for recycling

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CleanBags machines empty and internally disinfect bags used in healthcare facilities. The disinfectant used is chlorhexidine digluconate which has a broad spectrum of action, meaning that it acts on bacteria and viruses, even COVID-19.

Fiusis: energy and fuel from pruning olive trees

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Italy's Puglia Region has large expanses of olive groves. Pruning these trees yields around 800 kilotonnes of residual biomass each year and Fiusis uses this biomass to produce energy.

Recovering critical fertilisers such as phosphorus from sludge treatment

How to recover phosphorus through the agricultural use of digestate produced by co-digestion of sewage sludge and other organic waste.

Officina Naturae: a plastic-free choice for a plastic-free sea

Officina naturae

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Italy

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All products (detergents and cosmetics) at Officina naturae are conceived to be safe and effective for humans and the environment in the name of sustainability, eco-design and circularity.

Renycle: from scrap to new nylon

Renycle

Renycle® is a product obtained from recycled nylon 6, a highly valued material because of its excellent resistance, dyeability, softness and versatility.

Azienda Agricola Mannu: mushrooms and fertiliser from coffee grounds

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Coffee grounds contain many nutrients which are excellent for growing mushrooms. This secondary raw material is even ready for use, having been sterilised at 80 to 90°C by the coffee machine. What's left once the mushrooms have been collected is a good fertiliser.

Organic glues and adhesives by Menichetti

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The Italian company Menichetti produces organic glues and adhesives intended for sustainable packaging. The raw material is obtained from leather and tanning industry by-products.

Borealis: producing renewable polypropylene from renewable propane

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Austria

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Borealis manufactures polypropylene using renewable feedstock provided by Neste. Specifically, Neste produces renewable propane and Borealis converts it to renewable propylene and subsequently to renewable polypropylene.

Carrefour: reusable and recyclable carrier bags made from marine waste

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Belgium

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In 2019, Carrefour Belgium introduced a range of reusable and recyclable carrier bags made from marine waste. The retailer collaborated with Seaqual, an organisation that cleans up the oceans and seabed, to source the plastics needed.

Better World Fashion is circular fashion: 98% reuse - 100% unique

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Better World Fashion produces new quality products from waste materials. Their primary material, leather, is from discarded post-consumer products collected by NGOs.

Marypup's upcycled rainwear

Marypup clothing

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Belgium

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Marypup recovers thousands of tents which have been thrown away and uses the fabric to make rainwear. This is upcycling: the waste is recovered, transformed and given a new life.

Convert makes every fibre matter

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Denmark

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Convert works to support UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns. It explores how natural sustainable resources can be used to make new products and seeks to reduce the amount of waste on earth through recycling and upcycling. Every fibre matters when waste fibres are used as non-woven material.

Community reuse center Baterkáren brings life to the circular economy principles

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Slovak Republic

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Baterkaren's mission is to make sustainability (circular economy principles and associated environmental protection) accessible to the general public, in order to render communities capable to adapt as effectively as possible to the potential impacts of climate change in the area.

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.

Recovering and cleaning shavings and metal waste by applying centrifugal force of nature

NovaSara

Nuova Sara oil separator centrifuges apply centrifugal force to separate shavings and metal waste. The de-oiled shavings can be recovered and valorised as secondary raw materials.

An e-commerce portal for restored goods to increase the visibility of circular handicrafts in Turin

BALON

The City of Turin is financing some circular-economy oriented projects, among them the Balon Marketplace, an e-commerce portal for stakeholders who are active in the antiques, second-hand, vintage and reuse sectors, for a sustainable consumption of goods with a high cultural and heritage value. The portal aims to share ancient and past know-how and skills by promoting handycrafts shops.

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