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Clusters dealing with circular transition in times of COVID-19

Cluster Excellence Denmark

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Kaspar Nielsen, Head of Development, Cluster Excellence Denmark, Merete D. Nielsen, Director, Cluster Excellence Denmark & President, TCI Network, Oliver Ziegler, Senior Project Manager, European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis
Publication Date: 
12/2020
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Denmark

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Across the world, cluster organisations have taken a leading role in the green transition. Cluster Excellence Denmark recently released a new e-book titled Towards a New Greener Normal – How Clusters are Dealing with Circular Transition in Times of COVID-19, exploring how this work has continued despite the current pandemic.

The e-book contains informative insights into how clusters are integrating the green transition and digitalisation, leading to brand new and innovative solutions with market potential.

Triade Electronique: recycling WEEE

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Veolia has developed expertise and built specific facilities to tackle the complex process of treating, depolluting and dismantling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This is a valuable source of recyclable raw materials: ferrous metals, plastics and precious metals can all be recovered and reused.

The SAWYER project: identifying skills and safety needs for the furniture sector's circular transition

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EU

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The SAWYER project aims to facilitate the transition of European furniture companies to a more circular economy. The project ran from February 2020 to March 2021, studying the main legislative and voluntary instruments that can facilitate this transition.

I:CO - a global waste collection network for textiles

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Germany

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I:CO is an international circular solutions provider for the collection, certified sorting, reuse and recycling of clothing and shoes. They aim to support innovative new recycling technologies which help close the loop of production cycles.

Sustainable Procurement Platform

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EU

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The Sustainable Procurement platform is managed by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability with the aim of disseminating information to the public with case studies, events, guidance, and other resources about sustainable and circular procurement at the world level.

According to the platform, circular procurement refers to a range of ways of acquiring goods and services, taking into consideration the whole lifecycle of products throughout their supply chain.

Through circular procurement, it should also be guaranteed that the products and services acquired get value for money and generate benefits not only for the buyer, but also for the environment, society and the economy.

Souji: transforming used cooking oil into an ecological detergent

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Spain

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SOUJI is a liquid based on minerals and vegetables that, when mixed in the correct proportions with used cooking oil, and after shaking the mixture for 1 minute, becomes a cleaning agent/detergent which is 96% less polluting than a common detergent. 

SIGUREC: Smart machines for recyclable waste

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Romania

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SIGUREC is the most advanced household waste collection service currently operating in Romania. It is a broad initiative, implemented following an official agreement between private companies and public authorities.

ResQ - finding a buyer for that leftover cupcake

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Finland

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ResQ Club is a Finnish company and mobile application, which also covers parts of Sweden, Poland and Germany. Its goal is to combat food waste by connecting sustainable restaurants, cafés and food shops with consumers who appreciate affordable quality food.

Remondis Aqua: extracting phosphoric acids from sewerage sludge

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Germany

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Remondis Acqua Group is a company specialising in systems for the production of high-quality water. They have developed new methods to protect raw materials and treat wastewater, with a new model of municipal sewerage treatment plant.

Relevance of Biodegradable and Compostable Consumer Plastic Products and Packaging in a Circular Economy

Relevance of biodegradable and compostable consumer plastic products and packaging in a circular economy

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Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd
Publication Date: 
03/2020
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EU

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In 2015, the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Action Plan to help stimulate the transition towards circular economy. The growing number of plastic products and packaging marketed as ‘biodegradable’ or ‘(home) compostable’ raises the question of the extent to which biodegradability and compostability of plastic is beneficial in the context of the transition towards a circular economy.

The study assesses this question, identifying conditions in which (home) compostability of products could be of added value, compared to reuse and other forms of recovery. The results indicate weak evidence in favour of beneficial agronomics associated with compostable plastic material. Choices of materials for products and packaging should prioritise recyclability over compostability.

Lassila&Tikanoja: collecting and processing waste oils

L&T

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Finland

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L&T organises the collection of waste oils, oil-contaminated water and a range of emulsions from industry. The collected materials are analysed and processed at L&T’s recycling plant.

Textiles - from waste to resource by 2030

IVA

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Elin Larsson
Publication Date: 
01/2020
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Sweden

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has issued a report on how to make the textile sector more sustainable. It provides proposals for a more resource-efficient and smart textile sector, covering topics such as challenges and definitions of solutions towards a smarter sector. It suggests, for instance, to introduce tax relief programmes and industrial parks for resource-efficient textile production.

This report is one of several sector reports from IVA project Resource Effectiveness and Circular Economy (ReCE). The purpose is to make Sweden more competitive in a future with finite resources in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The project has established platforms for dialogue between actors in the public and private sectors.

Fruta Feia or Ugly Fruit finds beauty in misshaped fruit

Fruta Feia

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Portugal

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The cooperative Fruta Feia (“ugly fruit”, in Portuguese) has been preventing the waste of so-called “ugly” fruit in Portugal, that are not usually sold in markets.

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.

Replacing single-use water containers with glass in the Basque Country

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Germany

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Mutualia, a social services and medical care provider in the Basque Country, Spain, has installed water fountains connected to the public water network to use tap water instead of buying bottled water.

Reducing packaging through procurement criteria

Cursa de la Mercè

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Spain

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See how circular procurement can help reduce waste in the Catalan La Mercè Race.

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