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The EU Ecolabel for hard covering products

EU Ecolabel

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Ecolabel
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European Commission
Publication Date: 
03/2021
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EU

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The EU Ecolabel is the official European Union label for environmental excellence.

It is awarded to sustainably-designed products, thereby encouraging innovation, and contributing to the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050 and to the circular economy.

Industry can use the EU Ecolabel to offer consumers an eco-friendly alternative to conventional products and help them lower their daily environmental impact.

Ambitious criteria have been set, focusing on the main environmental impacts generated over the lifecycle of these products. This ensures that EU Ecolabel hard covering products are among the best on the market in terms of environmental performance.

Access the full list of EU Ecolabel criteria for hard coverings products here.

 

Circular Economy Report 2021 in Italy - Focus on the role of circular economy in the transition to climate neutrality

Rapporto sull'Economia Circolare in Italia

The Third Circular Economy Report (2021) by the Circular Economy Network and ENEA, besides providing the updated analysis on circular economy in Italy as compared to the main EU countries, includes a focus on the role of circular economy in the transition towards climate neutrality, as well as an update on the most important measures implemented at the national and European levels.

This report updates the analysis on the state of circular economy in Italy, assessing the results achieved in the areas of production, consumption, circular waste management, as well as investments and employment in recycling, repairing and reuse, with a comparison among the main economies in the EU: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Poland.

To read the report in full (in Italian), please click here.

Next Steps: Tackling Plastic Litter - A Nudging Strategy for Reducing Consumption of Single‑Use Disposable Cups

Nudging

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Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Publication Date: 
03/2021
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Sweden

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Andrea Norgren Contact details

In this report, nudging is explored as a complement to traditional policies (regulation, economic incentives and information campaigns) to reduce the use of single-use plastics. Behavioural insights are used to develop different options to nudge consumer preferences from single-use cups to more sustainable alternatives.

Based on careful reviews and analysis of previous nudging projects, three green nudges are proposed to catalyze this shift.

Reducing Plastic Pollution: Campaigns that Work

SEI

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Ellie Moss, Moss & Mollusk Consulting
Publication Date: 
03/2021
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Sweden

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This report examines the relevant literature on behaviour change, psychology and environmental issues to learn which strategies can be effective – and which might be counterproductive – when it comes to shifting people’s actions around plastic. 

The aim is to radically alter patterns of consumption and production so that Sweden becomes the world’s first fossil-fuel free welfare state. The use of plastic will play an important part in the strategy.

From the review of scholarly articles, media reports and surveys of the public, a number of recommendations emerge that can be put to use by anyone creating a campaign about plastic use.

Socially minded platform for the reuse and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment

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Circular economy marketplaces for reuse and recycling of products exist. The USOdy platform claims outstanding results with respect to its primary objective, the reuse and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), by contributing to the increase of the reuse of administration’s EEE from 5 % up to potentially 50 %.

Going beyond, the practice also enables vulnerable users and groups to get access to refurbished equipment at an affordable price, which contributes to reducing the overall digital divide in the society and creates jobs at refurbishing organisations for vulnerable persons. The practice is transferable to any region: all necessary resources (code, methodologies…) are available as free software.

Click here for more info.

Wider environmental impacts of industry decarbonisation

Wider environmental impacts of industry decarbonisation

European Commission

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Author: 
Wood
Publication Date: 
03/2021
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EU

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Industry faces major challenges with regard to handling the transition to an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As yet, we are far from fully understanding the potential wider environmental impacts of this transformation. Furthermore, we are largely unaware of the untapped potential of industrial facilities in sectors covered by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) to contribute to the circular economy.

The study aimed to provide an initial overview of the potential wider environmental impacts of industry's transition within the scope of the IED to a low carbon economy, and to gain a better understanding of how IED facilities could contribute to a circular economy.

White paper on Pathways for Extended Producer Responsibility on the road to a Circular Economy

Pathways for Extended Producer Responsibility on the road to a Circular Economy

Utrecht University
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W.J.V. Vermeulena, C.W. Backes, M.C.J. de Munck, K. Campbell-Johnston, I.M. de Waal, J. Rosales Carreon, M.N. Boeve
Publication Date: 
03/2021
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Netherlands

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The Circular Economy and Society Hub of Utrecht University has prepared a white paper analysing the key strengths and weaknesses of the way in which Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is organised in the Netherlands. Based on this analysis, it then sets out three pathways for improving EPR with a view to enabling it to contribute to the circular economy goals:

  1. Optimising EPR as an instrument for post-user circularity
  2. Re-designing EPR as an instrument for circular economy transformations
  3. Beyond EPR: other means of support.

 

 

Fil&Fab transforms disused fishing nets into pellets to create new plastic products

Fil&Fab

Fil&Fab has developed a technique to transform disused end-of-life fishing nets into plastic sheets, which are then used to create a series of new plastic products.

Fab City Global Initiative for self-sustainable cities

Fab City

Fab City Challenge is an initiative launched in 2014 by the then mayor of Barcelona, “challenging” cities to become self-sustainable by 2054. Since then, the project has expanded to a global network of 28 cities and one country (Georgia), cooperating with each other to improve, implement and exchange their urban practices.

The end-goal is for each city to produce everything they consume. In order to reach its objective, the Challenge vividly promotes increased collective action and co-designed solutions for the common well-being of the planet. That is the main idea of its Manifesto, which contains 10 guiding principles for promoting sustainability and liveability – with actions at local and regional levels.

Fibracat: an absorbing use for waste paper

Fibracat

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Spain

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Fibracat has developed cellulose-based absorbents from paper for use in the cleaning and industrial hygiene sectors.

Espigoladors - food waste prevention and job creation for groups at risk of social exclusion

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Spain

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Espigoladors is a social enterprise focused on preventing food waste and empowering people prone to social exclusion.

Bio2Materials creates 'leather' from apples

Apples

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Poland

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Bio2Materials is a company which makes a 100% biodegradable 'leather' from apples – the main type of fruit grown in Poland.

Amorim Cork group: recycling, reusing and reinventing the use of cork

Cork

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Portugal

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The Amorim Group is among the cork industry’s world leaders. It has a business unit focused on recycling, reusing, and reinventing the use of cork - alone or mixed with other raw materials - in the generation of new products and applications (construction, footwear, aerospace, railways, etc.).

SHAREBOX - secure management platform for shared process resources

Sharebox

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The Horizon-2020 SHAREBOX project promoted industrial symbiosis by developing an online platform providing information on waste resources (i.e. energy, water, residues, etc.) that could be used to replace primary resources, to plant managers and other decision-makers.

Som Mobilitat: promoting green transport in Catalonia

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Sustainable mobility cooperative
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Spain

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Som Mobilitat is a non-profit cooperative working for a more sustainable mobility model. It seeks to promote the use of public transport, cycling and walking.

The cooperative also offers an electric carsharing service if none of the other options are available for certain routes. The cooperative is structured around communities where the shared electric vehicles can be used by individuals and private and public organisations.

Alchemia-nova: treating waste water using green walls

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Alchemia-nova, the Institute for innovative phytochemistry and closed loop processes, has colloborated with vertECO, GRETA and LooPi to develop three types of green walls, which treat wastewater to service water standards and create plant biomass and fertiliser.

Pack, Wrap and Store with Beeswax Wraps by Malu

Beewraps by Malu

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Poland

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Beewraps by Malu is a food packaging material designed and produced by a Polish family company  to replace food foil, aluminum foil or disposable plastic containers with a biodegradable and reusable alternative.

reWINE: reusing wine bottles

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Spain

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reWINE LIFE is a Catalonian project, running from 2016 to 2020 and co-financed by the EU's LIFE Programme. It sought to demonstrate the viability of reusing glass bottles in the local wine industry.

Veolia: recycling PET bottles into new food packaging

PET bottles

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Germany

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Veolia has been extending the useful life of plastic bottles using a PET (Poly Ethylene Terephthalate) plastic recycling process. A mechanical and chemical recovery process transforms the PET flakes into a product suitable for use with food.

Vanheede Environment Group: collecting packaged food waste to produce alternative fuels

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Vanheede Biomass Solutions processes packaged or unpackaged food items that, for various reasons, are no longer fit for human or animal consumption. Fermentable residue is gathered and processed at a bio-methanisation plant in order to generate green energy.

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