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Interseroh provides reusable plastic boxes for fruit and vegetables sold at Aldi Süd stores

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Germany

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Interseroh provides recycling solutions for plastic packaging. For instance, it has developed a pooling system of reusable plastic boxes for fruit and vegetables sold at Aldi Süd, a German supermarket network.

Gr3n: chemical recycling of PET bottles and food containers is now possible at a reasonable cost

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Switzerland

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The Gr3n projects aims to contribute to the fight against plastic proliferation in the world by introducing an innovative process for profitable plastic recycling. This process uses microwave technology on a chemical reaction, and results in a ground-breaking, economically efficient chemical recycling process for PET.

Forall: reducing electronic waste by refurbishing technological items

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Portugal

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Forall Phones is a chain of stores, launched in Portugal, which focuses on refurbishing and reselling technological items.

Delt Papir: making toilet paper without cutting down trees

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Croatia

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Delt Papir is a Croatian manufacturer and supplier of paper products which produces items such as tissue and hygiene products for the consumer and professional care sectors. It contributes to the circular economy through its closed-loop recycling procedures, making toilet paper out of cellulose which would otherwise have cluttered up landfills.

Community composting in the city of Nitra

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Slovak Republic

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As part of the EU's Bioregio project, the Slovakian city of Nitra has developed a project for community composting by 50 households. The system produces compost, which can be used as a fertiliser by the community. The project aims to lower technical barriers to the reduction of bio-waste.

Entogreen: using biomimicry to turn organic waste into fish food

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Portugal

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EntoGreen aims to develop sustainable feed and organic fertilisers by using bio-based technologies to recycle nutrients from agricultural and food waste and reintroducing them into the food chain, thus closing the nutrient cycle.

By producing beer from surplus bread, Toast Ale saves on land, water and energy

Toast Ale

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United Kingdom

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Toast Ale was founded in 2015 to reduce demand for natural resources by replacing virgin barley with surplus fresh bread.

Recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles from Environmental Civil Society Organisations

Environmental CSOs' Recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles

Environmental CSOs' Recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles
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European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
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06/2021
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Belgium

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This joint position paper from the Wardrobe Change coalition contains recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles. It has been signed by 25 civil society organisations. The paper sets out recommendations structured around four overarching principles:

  • Make sustainable textile products the norm
  • Drive resource-sufficient textile consumption
  • Leave the linear business model behind
  • Hold the EU textile industry responsible for its role in the world.

The never-ending life cycle of a cotton gauze grocery bag

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The cotton gauze grocery bag provides a unique design turning an environmentally-friendly cheesecloth gauze fabric into a sturdy mass produced grocery bag that later can easily be used at home as machine-washable cotton napkins, reusable cleaning cloth and much more.

Rezero: campaigning for a zero-waste economy

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Spain

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Based in Barcelona, Rezero is a non-profit organisation that, in collaboration with social and economic actors in Spain, aims to push the model of production and consumption towards zero waste, including the Jo Soc Coco (#IamCoco) conscious consumption campaign.

Rezero creates knowledge and promotes innovative ideas, regulations and projects so that companies, public administrations and people can live without toxic materials or products left unused.

Its activities target:

  • Reduction of waste management costs for organic and food waste with social and environmental benefits
  • Engagement of private stakeholders (i.e. individuals, grocery retail sector, restaurants) in food prevention and recovery activities
  • Donation of uneaten and/or unsold food to charities or for animal feed.

BE O Lifestyle: From oil-based plastic to bioplastic

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Netherlands

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BE O Lifestyle is a Dutch company which has developed a form of plant-based plastic that it uses to manufacture water bottles. The bottles are made from sugar cane residue and are reusable, completely environmentally-friendly - and nice to look at!

Red Orka: a baby romper revolution

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Netherlands

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Red Orka is a circular babywear brand that aims to do better for people and the planet. Red Orka's product is delivered to people's homes on the basis of a subscription for a fixed amount each month. The baby rompers are made from 100% organic cotton and produced in the most sustainable way possible.

Organic glues and adhesives by Menichetti

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The Italian company Menichetti produces organic glues and adhesives intended for sustainable packaging. The raw material is obtained from leather and tanning industry by-products.

The Waste Transformers: Turning food waste into valuable resources on-site

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The Waste Transformers transforms organic (food) waste in an anaerobic digester called a Waste Transformer housed in 20-foot shipping containers into clean energy, water and high-grade fertiliser whilst also upcycling the waste into new raw materials for paper, textiles or soaps. They do this all on-site where the waste is produced. No transport, no CO2.

Nic&Mic: Upcycling waste while supporting employment

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Ocean Sole takes the world's most widely worn shoe, the flip flop, and turns it into art, and the Dutch company Nic&Mic sells it in the Benelux countries. Ocean Sole is Kenya-based and began with the desire to clean up beaches that were heavily polluted with plastic and flip flops. Ocean Sole has grown to employ 90 Kenyans.

EMMA Safety Footwear: Sustainable safety shoes

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Netherlands

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Back in 1931, EMMA was founded as a social enterprise for injured workers from the Dutch State Mines. Hence, social entrepreneurship is in the DNA of EMMA Safety Footwear. Today, EMMA still employs about 100 people who need some additional support in the labour market. Making sustainable safety shoes was, therefore, a logical next step in EMMA’s journey towards a positive footprint.

The Circular Economy in Granada, Spain

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OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE)
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05/2021
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France

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The COVID-19 may have hit the pause button on tourism, but it also highlighted the need to switch to the circular economy.

This report summarises the findings of a two-year policy dialogue with the city of Granada in Spain, and provides recommendations and a vision to transition to a circular economy. It draws on Granada’s own experience with the transformation of a wastewater treatment plant into a bio factory in 2015, which contributed to increased water reuse and the production of new material from waste. The report argues that the city of Granada can play a role as a promoter, facilitator and enabler of the circular economy. This will require a collective and coordinated approach across all stakeholders and levels of government.

Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy

Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy

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Vera Weghmann (Public Service International Research Unit)
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09/2020
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EU

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The circular economy promises a move away from a linear model of growth (extract, make, dispose) to a sustainable model (recycle, reuse, remake, share). This report, Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy, commissioned by the European Public Service Union (EPSU), focuses on the role of labour in the transition to a circular economy and, in particular, the health and safety of workers operating waste and wastewater management systems.

Biorizon: the profitable way to bio-aromatics

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Netherlands

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Biorizon has been co-creating technologies for the production of bio-aromatics at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom since 2013. Together with industrial partners, Biorizon creates and develops innovative chemical processes for the production of renewable aromatics from residual biomass. Their aim is to enable commercial production of bio-aromatic building blocks by 2025.

SNEW Telecom – Circular telecoms and IT equipment with a social heart

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Netherlands

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SNEW has developed a circular system reusing the raw materials in existing equipment. It aims to give business telecoms and IT equipment a second life. Companies which hand over their old ICT equipment get either maintenance for their current equipment or money for the old equipment.

Arapaha: Circular goods made out of advanced bio-based materials

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Netherlands

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Arapaha is a design company which develops and manufactures sustainable, circular household and sports items and clothing. It focuses on circular processes and uses biobased composites. Goods purchased in their webshop can be returned when no longer needed so that the components can be reused.

CuRe: Low energy molecular polyester recycling

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Netherlands

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CuRe has discovered a smarter and scalable technology for creating a fully circular polyester chain. It rejuvenates any type of used polyester by removing the colour and converting it into clear pellets with the same properties as virgin grade polyester.​ In July 2020, a pilot plant in Emmen (Netherlands) was opened for rapid scale-up.

FIBI-buffer: a sustainable alternative for protecting products during transport

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Netherlands

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FIBI-buffer is an eco-friendly alternative to Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or Polyurethane (PU) foam used to protect products during transport. It is a unique and patented product which offers high-quality protection, is universally applicable, is price competitive, can be reused again and again, and is biobased and 100% compostable.

Catalogue of Best Practices in Circular Economy

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The Catalogue of Best Practices in Circular Economy identifies good practices carried out in Spain which are transferable and scalable by other stakeholders.

Too Good to Go: the global food reduction app

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Too Good to Go is an app for reducing food waste. It's operated by a Danish company which seeks to inspire and empower individuals to do something to stop food waste.

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