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cleanSpot - a smartphone application to find your nearest recycling centre

cleanSpot

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Spain

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The cleanSpot application provides users with an easy way to search for recycling centres and specialised recycling containers where they can drop off their non conventional urban waste for correct recycling.

Circularise Plastics: an open standard making the plastics supply chain more transparent, fair and profitable

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Netherlands

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Two European companies, polyamide supplier Domo and polymer manufacturer Covestro, are collaborating with Dutch technology startup Circularise to create a system for tracking plastics.

Maltese business Frank Wrap reduces single use of plastic cling film

Frank Wrap

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Malta

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Frank Wrap® is a natural and reusable alternative for food storage. This natural food wrap replaces the single use of plastic cling film.

restado - Marketplace for the reuse of construction material

restado - reuse of construction material

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Austria, Germany, Switzerland

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restado.de is a marketplace matching construction materials coming from demolition or oversupply with the demand in new construction projects.

ekolive - a new approach to creating local sources of metals and minerals

ekolive provides a new innovative eco-/biological method of zero-waste mining and processing of local primary and secondary raw materials, aimed at creating local resources of metals and minerals.

Refurbed electronics: as good as new, or even better

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Austria

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Refurbed is an online marketplace for refurbished electronics. Its products look like new, are 40% cheaper and use 70% less CO2 than the equivalent new product.

One-woman's initiative in Belgium transforms broken umbrellas into raincapes and bags

Our industries and our current way of life make us produce more and more in an "ephemeral" way. We throw away big amounts of raw materials that we could easily reuse and launch back in the circular economy.

Parapluiestandupcycling decided to retrieve the fabric of broken umbrellas and to create a utility garment out of it.

Circular Economy Business Action Group

The Business Action Group was created with the aim of transposing the latest international trends, generating further knowledge and collaborating with the public administration regarding potential circular economy national strategies.

Part bicycle, part philosophy: a beautiful bike from recycled coffee capsules, that supports schoolgirls in developing countries

Vélosophy

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Sweden

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Vélosophy is part bicycle, part philosophy. It brings to life the potential of recycling by partnering with Nespresso to craft a bike from recycled aluminium coffee capsules.

Also the standard Vélosophy bikes are made with recycled aluminium. The fork & frame have always been made with as much recycled aluminum allowed  and possible according to the industry standard and legal requirements.

About Blanks gives new life to old books

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

About Blanks makes sketchbooks and notebooks from old book covers and recycled materials.

Rype Office applies the principles of circular economy and sustainability to office furniture

Rype Office

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United Kingdom

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Rype Office applies the principles of circular economy to physical workspace by remanufacturing quality used office furniture and creating furniture from waste.

Karma connects surplus food with consumers for a lower price

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France, Sweden, United Kingdom

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Karma is a Swedish startup founded in Stockholm, November 2016. Their app connects surplus food from restaurants, cafes and grocery stores to consumers for a lower price. As a result, users eat great food for less and businesses receive an additional revenue stream — all while reducing food waste.

MagicPallet: the world's first online collaborative solution dedicated to the exchange of reusable pallets

MagicPallet

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France

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MagicPallet is the first collaborative platform dedicated to the exchange of pallets in Europe. This platform allows anyone to trade, buy and sell their Europe pallets in the right place at the right time. Pallets are flat platform structures used to support goods in a stable manner during transport. They create efficiencies when it comes to handling and storing goods. 

Eat and Back: reusable bento boxes + deposit scheme = zero waste take-away meals

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France

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By introducing a deposit scheme on bio-sourced reusable bento boxes, Eat and Back makes take-away food truly "zero waste".

Tarpaper: No more roofing-felt waste!

Tarpaper asphalt

Tarpaper Recycling is a recycling specialist minimising the environmental impacts of construction waste. It has developed a patented method to recycle bitumen from roofing-felt waste by converting it into a material that can be used as a binder in asphalt production.

Reverse Resources promotes upcycling of textile leftovers and creates supply chain transparency with online platform

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Estonia, Other (Bangladesh)

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Reverse Resources is an Estonian company that offers an online “circular” solution that tracks and traces waste flows by connecting manufacturers, waste handlers, recyclers/spinners and brands on one platform by offering 360 degree transparency, data accuracy and real-time transactions on waste flows.

SWEETS hotel upcycles Amsterdam's bridge houses into unique guest rooms

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Since 2012, SWEETS hotel has been adapting Amsterdam's abandoned bridge houses into unique flats, thus preventing their demolition.

BlueCity revitalises abandoned Rotterdam water park into circular laboratory

BlueCity, Rotterdam

The BlueCity business park is one of Rotterdam's unique landmarks: formerly a water park resort, the complex is now a circular incubator housing over 30 startups experimenting towards a sustainable future.

Starlinger develops a closed loop model for polypropylene 'big bags'

starlinger recycled big bag

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Austria

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To create a circular economy for Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers, Starlinger, a plastic packaging machinery and process technology engineering company from Austria, has simulated a closed loop for polypropylene - the main component of big bags- in cooperation with renowned big bag manufacturers Louis Blockx and LC Packaging.

A living ashtray – PuriFungi's mushroom eats festivalgoers' cigarette butts

PuriFungi

At the intersection of science, design, and waste management, PuriFungi develops natural cleaning systems. PuriFungi's new product is an ashtray made of mycelium and cigarette butts.

adidas and Stella McCartney present prototypes of sustainable and recyclable sportswear

adidas stella mccartney

adidas, one of Europe's premier sportswear manufacturers, is increasing the use of sustainable materials in its product range. From 2024 onwards, only recycled polyester will be used in every product and on every application where a solution exists.

In 2019, Stella McCartney partnered up with adidas to solve the problem of product waste with the introduction of two new apparel innovations.

From seafood waste to food packaging: CuanTec develops a new circular and compostable bioplastic made with chitosan

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United Kingdom

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CuanTec is a Scottish blue biotech company that replaces plastic with natural alternatives. Sourced from waters of the Atlantic, CuanTec takes waste from fisheries and obtains the natural biopolymer chitin. Their process uses biology rather than chemistry to create chitin and chitosan of high quality and purity, which are in demand for over 3,000 industrial uses around the world. 

AgriChemWhey: transforming dairy waste into new added-value products

AgriChemWhey

AgriChemWhey seeks to build first-of-a-kind bio-refinery with a view to transforming dairy waste into added-value bio-based products.

Estonian business Rohepakend fights plastic waste with food wrap made from used clothing

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Estonia

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Estonian business Rohepakend has come up with a home-grown alternative to plastic food packaging: a food wrap made from donated cloth, pine resin from Estonian forests and beeswax.

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