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The City of Helsinki: supporting the reuse of excavated soil in construction projects

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Finland

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The City of Helsinki has coordinated a project on the reuse of excavated soil in construction projects across the city. This project consists of improving coordination of how and where excavated soil is used.

SEA2SEE makes eyewear from 100% recycled marine plastic and fishing nets

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Spain

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SEA2SEE, based in Catalonia, designs and produces optical frames and sunglasses in Italy, as well as watches in Switzerland, entirely made from recycled marine plastic collected by fishermen in Spain, France and West Africa.

The Danube Goes Circular - a platform for collaboration and awareness raising

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Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia

The Danube Goes Circular is a circular economy platform, under the Interreg MOVECO project, which involves sixteen partners from the ten Danube countries. The platform offers a space for collaboration, awareness raising and a market place for reusable materials. Hence, it provides opportunities for trading materials and expanding their circularity.

Moreover, the platform offers information on how to extend a product’s useful life cycle and on legal requirements and business good practices linked to the promotion of circular economy.

Another benefit of the platform is that various stakeholders interested in circular topics can team up, which would ideally encourage the formation of partnerships.

For more information on the strategy named The Danube goes Circular, please click here.

Analysis of the European Crude Tall Oil Industry

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Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT
Publication Date: 
01/2018
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EU

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Crude Tall Oil (CTO) is obtained from the wood pulping industry. Tall (from the Swedish word for pine) oil soap is collected from paper mills and then acidulated to make crude tall oil which is a mixture of fatty acids, rosin acids and other neutral materials.

CTO is a renewable material with great potential, high added value and extremely low carbon emissions. CTO can be further refined by fractionation, which separates it into tall oil fatty acids, tall oil rosins, distilled tall oil, pitch and heads.

CTO derivatives can be used in several sectors, such as animal feed and asphalt recycling, as well as for paints, lubricants, glues and road marking agents. CTO is not yet a widespread practice and could be further explored in the EU.

Resumen ejecutivo - Estrategia Andaluza de Bioeconomía Circular

The Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy

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01/2018
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Spain

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In 2018, the Spanish region of Andalusia introduced a progressive strategy towards a circular economy.

With the support of EU funding, the Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy project promotes sustainable growth and regional development by fostering the production of renewable and biological products and processes.

The targeted sectors include agriculture, forestry, fishing, food and paper production, as well as part of the chemical, biotechnology and energy industries.

The strategy works with a timeframe for 2030 and has resources worth around 1 400 million EUR, aimed at specific actions that have been developed with the collaboration of more than 50 external experts from the sectors of interest.

To consult the strategy in full (in Spanish), please click here.

NCP manufactures Snøhetta design chairs made from plastic waste from Norway’s fish farming

Snøhetta S-1500 chair

The Norwegian company NCP delivers sustainable furniture from recycled plastic materials through innovation and design. The S-1500 chair, designed by Snøhetta, is produced by NCP showing how plastic waste from Norway’s fish farming can be transformed into a sustainable design object with an expected lifetime of at least 50 years.

Achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

RREUSE: achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

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Julija Kekstaite - Policy Officer RREUSE
Publication Date: 
03/2021
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Belgium

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RREUSE welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to develop a favourable policy environment for social economy actors, calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP) that would provide a policy toolbox enabling a green, fair and circular transition in the post-COVID economic recovery. In order to establish a sustainable EU socio-economic environment and maximise the SEAP’s potential, RREUSE seeks to put forward the following recommendations on four priority areas:

  1. Mainstream the social economy within circular policies and beyond
  2. Recognise the real value of social enterprises active in the circular economy
  3. Improve access to funding for social enterprises
  4. Acknowledge social enterprises’ role in (up)skilling to meet changing market needs.

Tedre Farm in Estonia explores new extraction process for a precious waste output: raspberry seed oil

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Estonia

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Tedre Farm, located in Southern Estonia, grows raspberries and produces raspberry juice and other derivatives.

In 2017, in a collaboration with the Estonian University of Life Sciences, it started a project to study technologies for the extraction of oil from raspberry seeds, particularly known for its medicinal properties.

SUEZ Ecopôle's eco-hub for waste collection

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In France, SUEZ has invested EUR 10 million on the construction of a hub to recover waste from local businesses and authorities. Once sorted and recycled, the waste is then sold for reuse.

Mamukko: making bags from old sails and life rafts

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Ireland

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Mamukko is an Irish company, founded in 2011, that uses waste nautical materials as a secondary raw material. They promote upcycling by using end-of-life sails, decommissioned life rafts and recycled leather to make bags.

Product Circularity Data Sheet: a solution to access circularity data

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The Circularity Dataset is an initiative by Luxembourg’s Ministry of the Economy and some international industry leaders. It has now developed the “Product Circularity Data Sheet” (PCDS): a data template for standardising data about the circular aspects of products.

End-of-life seat belts get a new chance in Benefício's backpacks

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Portuguese startup Benefício devels limited edition products, with particular attention to the use of materials local knowledge. By adopting artisanal production methods and respecting fair trade and the environment, the company mostly applies the principles of circular economy, in particular upcycling.

The Confederation of Danish Industry: Network for Circular Economy

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Denmark

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The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) is a private business and employers' organisation representing approximately 18 000 companies in Denmark. They aim to provide the best possible corporate conditions for their member companies.

The DI network for circular economy (text in Danish only) aims to create a platform for companies that are interested in, working with or want to be updated on the circular economy. It organises three meetings a year, and is open to members of the Confederation of Danish Industry. The network has around 150 members and growing.

Stop Food Waste: learn how to buy, store and cook better in Ireland

Stop food waste

Stop Food Waste is an Irish initiative which aims to prevent food waste through better buying, storage and cooking, as well as through home composting.

Sopköket's garbage kitchen is the new circular trend

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Sweden

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Sopköket is a Swedish restaurant and catering company founded in 20215. It prepares meals which partly incorporate rescued and surplus food from supermarkets and other companies. Their goal is to reduce food waste.

ZĪLE: when upcycling is fashion

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Latvia

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ZĪLE is a Latvian fashion brand which develops its clothing while looking at a sustainable future, through the concept of upcycling. The label’s main resource materials are denim trousers, men’s shirts and imagination.

VMfono, or how to create unique vinyl records from waste

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Music business can be circular, too! MWfono makes vinyl records from the waste that remains after cutting other records. Kayax label then packs the discs in recycled paper and employs a protection film made from maize.

Päijät-Häme's circular strategy

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03/2021
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Finland

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The Finnish region of Päijät-Häme is a strong promoter of circular economy practices. In line with the national strategy, the region focuses on regional-level initiatives. It therefore seeks to engage various regional stakeholders and foster a common vision and strategy.

The formation of a stakeholder group through a series of networking events has led to a constantly evolving roadmap. Several projects are currently being implemented on the basis of this roadmap, and many good practices have been achieved which serve as an example of a circular economy in the region.

The strategy was originally published in 2017.

The Baltic TRAM project

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The Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion) project strengthened the relationship between analytical research institutions and businesses by fostering cooperation between companies and researchers, linking expertise to industrial needs.

RUCONBAR project reduces road noise

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RUCONBAR, developed in a project which ran from 2011 to 2014, is a highly absorptive, environmentally-friendly concrete noise barrier. It is an innovative mixture of recycled waste tyres and concrete which forms a porous, lightweight, sound absorbing panel.

Zona Urbana's unique design products with recycled materials

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Bulgaria

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Zona Urbana is a fashion company based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2004, it designs and manufactures products with recycled materials, mainly bags or wallets.

Venturis HoReCa: repurposing waste resources for the hospitality industry

Venturis Food Waste Solutions

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Poland

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In Venturis HoReCa a group of professionals has joined forces, knowledge, expertise and ideas to tackle the problem of food waste. They have developed IT systems (KuMin.Sys and KuMin.App) to monitor and reduce food waste in kitchens and canteens. Monitoring of food waste is the first important step in the process of reduction. Venturis HoReCa also advises companies on how to limit food waste.

The future of work in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear

The future of work in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear

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International Labour Organization (ILO)
Publication Date: 
01/2019
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Switzerland

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This working paper, prepared by the ILO, looks at the future of work in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industries.

It explores how technological advances, climate change, globalisation and changing demographics will shape these industries. It then analyses how these challenges and opportunities will impact decent work, and looks at the future of TCLF production in three categories of countries (least developed, middle income and high income). It concludes that at the present rate, the TCLF industries will not move to a circular economy approach for years.

 

Repair my stuff: an online platform for finding professional repairers

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Repairmystuff is an online platform based in Ireland which supports, promotes and encourages the repair industry in Ireland.

It promotes a circular economy by providing a free online space for repair companies. It aims to give consumers more options for accessing repair services throughout the country. It also provides consumers with a search tool which suggests service providers according to what needs to be repaired and where in the country the person is located.

Product categories include:

  • clothes and bags
  • monitors, TVs and displays
  • electronics
  • fitness and sports
  • furniture and upholstery
  • large and small appliances
  • lawnmowers and garden machinery
  • leather and shoes
  • musical instruments
  • watches and jewellery
  • others.

RECOSI - refurbishing ICT products for re-use

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RECOSI is a social franchise focusing on the reuse and refurbishment of ICT and WEEE.

Nordic circular cooperation in CIRCit Norden

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CIRCit was a 3½-year research project, spanning the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. The objective was to help their industry to discover and implement the opportunities of the circular economy.

This project was part of the Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme funded by NordForsk, Nordic Energy Research and Nordic Innovation.

The project focus areas for the circular economy were:

  1. Sustainability screening
  2. Business modelling
  3. Circular product design and development
  4. Smart circular economy
  5. Closing the loop for a circular economy
  6. Collaborating and networking for a circular economy.

The project webpage contains 101 circular economy case studies in the Nordic region and several scientific publications.

REC.ON creates high quality furniture from automobile parts

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Poland, Spain

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REC.ON creates its production by recovering auto parts. Using a unique upcycling process, they transform used, unwanted parts of automobiles into new, high-quality, functional pieces of design, adding style and an industrial aesthetic to any interior. Moreover, they have a unique process of acquiring their materials.

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