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CICLO: New platform for the development of basic circular economy skills

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Through its eight modules, the CICLO platform aims to upgrade, free of cost, the opportunities for up-skilling and re-skilling of long-term unemployed and low-skilled workers, in the field of the evolving circular economy market:

  1. Circular Economy: What’s in a name?
  2. Recycling Management
  3. Materials Reuse and Remanufacturing
  4. From Products to Services (Servitisation)
  5. Soft Skills for the Circular Economy I and 21st Century Skills
  6. Soft Skills for the Circular Economy II
  7. Good Practices
  8. How to Approach a Transition Towards a Greener System.

The material could be included in educational services offered by Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers, Training Centres, Higher Education Institutions, NGOs, SMEs, public services relevant to EU labour force, etc.

CIA: putting coffee husks to good use

Reuse and valorisation of coffee peels

The Italian company CIA has found that the most appropriate way to reuse coffee husks is as a fertiliser and soil conditioner by composting them in organic farms.

Dienpi: applying research to materials for fashion accessory production

Dienpi

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Italy

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Dienpi S.r.l. produces labels, tags and packaging for fashion brands. The production of tags and packaging for luxury brands whose production processes are not traditionally linear involves considerable amounts of innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.

Rice for architecture by Ricehouse

Risehouse

Ricehouse natural mortars are obtained by expertly mixing aerial lime with rice husks, a agricultural by-product derived from husking raw rice.

CleanBags: A machine for disinfecting medical bags for recycling

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CleanBags machines empty and internally disinfect bags used in healthcare facilities. The disinfectant used is chlorhexidine digluconate which has a broad spectrum of action, meaning that it acts on bacteria and viruses, even COVID-19.

Fiusis: energy and fuel from pruning olive trees

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Italy's Puglia Region has large expanses of olive groves. Pruning these trees yields around 800 kilotonnes of residual biomass each year and Fiusis uses this biomass to produce energy.

Wasted bread: New culture medium for growing starters from bakery waste in the fermented food industry

Bread Waste
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Michela Verni - Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy, Andrea Minisci - Valle Fiorita Catering S.r.l, Ostuni, Italy, Sonia Convertino -Valle Fiorita Catering S.r.l, Ostuni, Italy, Luana Nionelli - Valle Fiorita Catering S.r.l, Ostuni, Italy, Carlo G. Rizzello - Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy
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02/2020
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Italy

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Through fermentation, bread scraps can produce chemical compounds for the pharmaceutical and food industries, fuels and enzymes. The starters (which kickstart the fermentation process) obtained by this project confirm the huge economic and technological potential of a growing substrate obtained from low-cost matrices.

The protocol includes homogenisation of the waste bread (leavened bakery products), with the addition of enzymes and final sterilisation.

The culture medium can be liquid (broth), solid (agar) or dehydrated. The substrate can be used for cultivating lactic bacteria, yeasts and moulds (for the food industry).

About 10% of the bread waste produced monthly can be used to yield a culture medium for bacterial starters.

Ristorazione Sostenibile 360°: how to make catering wholly sustainable

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Ristorazione Sostenibile 360° is the first voluntary certification programme for regional catering, suitable for any type of restaurant in the Emilia-Romagna Region (IT).

Recovering critical fertilisers such as phosphorus from sludge treatment

How to recover phosphorus through the agricultural use of digestate produced by co-digestion of sewage sludge and other organic waste.

Officina Naturae: a plastic-free choice for a plastic-free sea

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All products (detergents and cosmetics) at Officina naturae are conceived to be safe and effective for humans and the environment in the name of sustainability, eco-design and circularity.

Renycle: from scrap to new nylon

Renycle

Renycle® is a product obtained from recycled nylon 6, a highly valued material because of its excellent resistance, dyeability, softness and versatility.

Azienda Agricola Mannu: mushrooms and fertiliser from coffee grounds

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Coffee grounds contain many nutrients which are excellent for growing mushrooms. This secondary raw material is even ready for use, having been sterilised at 80 to 90°C by the coffee machine. What's left once the mushrooms have been collected is a good fertiliser.

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.

RiceRes research project: reusing waste from rice production

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The RiceRes research project, launched in 2016 by the CNR (National Research Council) and the Universities of Milan and Pavia and financed by the Cariplo Foundation, aimed to make the most of waste materials from processing Italian rice.

Thanks to Eco Veneta, construction and demolition waste goes back to construction sites for a new adventure

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Eco Veneta specialises in the collection and recycling of waste from construction and demolition sites in the Italian provinces of Verona, Vicenza, Padova and Rovigo.

Mapei: recovering unused concrete from mixer lorries

Mapei

The Italian company Mapei has come up with a product which brings leftover cement in mixer trucks back into the production cycle.

Milan: Collaborating to change local food systems

Milan food policy

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The Municipality of Milan, with the Cariplo Foundation, has decided to commit to making its food system more equitable and sustainable by adopting its own Food Policy.

Vaia: giving storm-hit trees back their dignity

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Italian startup Vaia has developed a passive loudspeaker for smartphones by using - as raw material - exclusively wood brought down by storm Vaia that badly hit the Dolomite mountains in Northern Italy in 2018.

RE-sign: today's cities, tomorrow's mines

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RE-sign has marketed an app matching up supply and demand for reclaimed construction materials.

Confindustria's circular economy project

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Confindustria has developed an initiative which targets opportunities provided by the circular economy model, encourages knowledge-sharing and raises awareness about good practices being implemented in Italy.

BIOCOSI: developing BIOdegradable and COmpostable packaging

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The Italian project BIOCOSI (BIOdegradable and COmpostable packaging for sustainable, circular and smart industry) has come up with a revolutionary solution to the problem of wastewater in the dairy sector.

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.

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