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Aerocircular: upcycling end-of-life aircraft parts

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Aerocircular provides green, service-only, economical end-of-life aircraft recycling and upcycling services to fleet owners.

Herning and DFD do their bit to keep useable clothes in use

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The partnership between Herning and DFD has led to a new circular business model for the work clothing used by the municipality’s technical operations department.

A municipal procurement contract complying with Nordic Eco-label criteria

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Denmark

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The Danish State procurement authority has signed an exclusive procurement contract with the furniture brand Duba-B8, whereby all office furniture must be able to be disassembled into parts and reused several times.

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.

RecyOuest: How to clean plastic used in farming without water

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France

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RecyOuest is a green economy start-up that recycles contaminated filamentary thermoplastics such as agricultural nets and twines.

Purrot: A self-cleaning vibrating Rotor-filter to separate manure or treat waste water

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PURROT is a filter  that can mechanically separate organic matter and nutrients from liquid, without using chemicals.

Circular Soap in Park Split Hotel, Croatia

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Croatia

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The Croatian project titled "Responsible Business for a Clean World" involves collecting unused soap in hotels and sending it to a soap factory, where it is cleaned, sterilised and recycled into new soap products, which are then offered back to customers at the hotel.

Purified Metal: Responsible processing of contaminated steel scrap into high-quality raw material

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Purified Metal Company can responsibly process contaminated steel scrap into a high-quality raw material.

ROSi: producing high-purity raw materials from PV waste and promoting a truly circular PV industry

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ROSi has developed innovative processes producing high quality recycled materials including silicon and other metals from PV industry production and product waste. The materials are returned to industrial value chains, leading to a circular raw material lifecycle.

Refarmed: using buildings’ residual heat and biowaste to support rooftop greenhouses

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Denmark

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Refarmed uses the concept of ‘building integrated agriculture’. High-impact buildings (meaning they produce a lot of waste and excess heat) are equipped with rooftop greenhouses which turn all that waste into value - to support low-impact food production.

ConnectedBin: Artificial intelligence and Internet of Things for smart waste management

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Bulgaria

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ConnectedBin has developed a waste container solution using artificial intelligence to identify waste types and sort them properly. The Internet of Things system reports on waste types and amounts, making waste collection more efficient.

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

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

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. 

The Manhattan pop-up bistro made from 100% recyclable materials

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Finland

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For New York's design week, NYCxDESIGN in May 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York invited chefs from the Helsinki-based Restaurant Nolla to bring their zero waste food philosophy to New York. The temporary bistro was built on themes of circular economy, new material innovations and sustainable design. 

University of Coimbra: using natural flocculants from waste eucalyptus wood to treat wastewater

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A team of researchers from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) has developed an innovative wastewater treatment technique using natural flocculants extracted from waste eucalyptus wood.

Using walnut waste to control plant parasites

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A team of researchers from the research centre CIEPQPF and the CFE of the University of Coimbra has developed an innovative application for recovered waste from walnut fruit: compounds with a “nematocidal” effect have been extracted that can control plant-parasitic nematodes affecting a wide range of species.

Fibrenamics and LREC-Azores: Circular economy project for the civil construction sector in the Azores

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Ambiente_Sregional is a circular economy project for the civil construction sector in the Azores, developed jointly by Fibrenamics, the international platform of the University of Minho, and the Regional Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LREC-Azores).

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

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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. 

Boat cruises on the Seine river go electric with Paris Yacht Company

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France

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French company Seine Alliance repurposes EV batteries from cars to power boats for cruises on the river.

Fraunhofer IAP and re:newcell join forces to convert old cotton clothing into a mass manufacturing fibre

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The company re:newcell, together with a group of scientist from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP), have developed a technique that transforms recycled cotton into viscose rayon fibre, which is a suitable material for mass manufacturing.

Salomon: creating a fully circular running shoe

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France

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Salomon is a French company that has developed a running shoe that is 365º sustainable. This shoe has been designed to be 100% recycled easily.

Econooc beehive made from mushroom and plastic waste

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Ireland

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Econooc is a no-effort conservation beehive made from mycelium and other repurposed/sustainable materials. 

Circulair Friesland's three lines of action: Doing. Learning. Telling.

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Friesland, a province in the north of the Netherlands, has a strong cultural identity, its own language, an economy mostly devoted to agriculture and 20 000 companies - 99% of them SMEs. The province faces economic and demographic challenges but is becoming one of the best examples of a successful transition towards a circular economy. It aims to be the most circular EU region by 2025.

According to the public/private association Circulair Friesland, this province is thus:

  • Doing: policies on the circular economy, financing circular SMEs and research, ambitiously developing public procurement
  • Learning: active member of the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management and involved in European projects
  • Telling: sharing their story with others.

Hungary's Circular Economy Platform

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The Circular Economy Platform was officially established in November 2018 in Hungary as an initiative of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.

The aim of the platform is to facilitate the paradigm shift and joint thinking, along with building a community of forward-thinking change leaders and sharing business solutions that make a real impact. For the new model to develop and spread, collaboration and knowledge sharing are required, with the involvement of businesses, government and science.

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