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Circular Futures - Austria's Circular Economy Platform

Start/End date: 
01/03/2018 to 31/12/2020
Country: 
Austria
City: 
Vienna

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The Austrian Circular Economy Platform Circular Futures was launched in March 2018 at the House of the European Union in Vienna.

MéGO! (France): from cigarette stubs to plastic secondary raw material

Collecting and recycling cigarettes' stubs

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France

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8 millions of cigarette stubs are generated each minute in the world, and 66% of them currently end up in the environment, where they take up to 15 years to decompose. In addition, chemical components in cigarette filters generate residual pollution.

MéGO! offers a pragmatic answer with a service for collecting, sorting and recycling cigarette stubs. 

CelluTex stimulates European research on sustainable cellulose-based textiles

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Sweden

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CelluTex is a Swedish advocacy platform that promotes needed actions to ensure production of cellulose-based textiles in Europe, utilizing forest resources and recycled cellulosic textiles, including cotton, as raw materials.

Upcycling the Oceans collects marine trash and turns it into quality yarn

fisherman holding upcycling the oceans trash container

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Spain, Other (Thailand)

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The ECOALF foundation has embarked upon its most ambitious project to date: Upcycling the Oceans, an unprecedented worldwide adventure that is helping to remove up to 200 tonnes of waste from the bottom of the oceans thanks to the support of over 3000 fishermen.

Unique wristbands that reduce 'ghostfishing'

Bracenet adriatic sea bracelet from discarded fishing nets

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Germany

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Bracenet collects discarded fishing nets, sends these to Norway to have them turned into fabric and then produces unique wristbands in workshops that provide employment opportunities to disabled persons.

Saint-Gobain's ISOVER is a pioneer in recycling glass wool

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France

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Glass wool is infinitely and completely recyclable. Regardless of the glass wool’s quality, age, density or other properties, the material is entirely recyclable and can be re-melted as many times as necessary, before entering into the composition of new insulating products, without having its final quality impacted. That’s the magic of glass, now brought to life in France by St Gobain ISOVER's new offer of recycled glass wool for construction.

Kalundborg Symbiosis: six decades of a circular approach to production

logo of Kalundborg industrial symbiosis

Kalundborg Symbiosis is a partnership between nine public and private companies in Kalundborg, Denmark.

Turin spurs social inclusion with projects reducing food waste and increasing recycling

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Italy

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Facing dramatic deindustrialisation and an uncertain future, the city of Turin implemented processes that paired physical redevelopment with strategic planning to promote citywide revitalisation and economic restructuring in the 1990s. While the transformation has been profound, current challenges call for more circular strategies and an inclusive approach.

Munich develops a secondhand store to kickstart its local circular economy

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Germany

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Munich has taken its ambitious waste reduction strategy to the next level by developing an innovative reuse lab and shop concept. Its Halle 2 municipal secondhand store not only enables citizens to take responsibility for living more sustainably, it also provides opportunities for job creation, educational programmes and voluntary activities.

Birmingham is working to reduce emissions and waste through Industrial Symbiosis

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United Kingdom

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Birmingham is Britain’s youngest and fastest growing city, boasting the highest quality of life of any English city outside London. The city also has the strongest economy outside the capital and is one of the first cities to adopt a proactive industrial symbiosis approach to develop a medium and long-term strategy for sustainable economic development. Often described as ‘the circular economy in action’, the projects born from the industrial symbiosis approach are part of Birmingham’s circular economy strategy.

Circular Fashion Policy Lab

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On the 24th of May, C&A Foundation, together with Ecopreneur.EU hosted a Circular Fashion Policy Lab in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee in context of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The purpose of the event was to bring together representatives from across the fashion industry to discuss what key policy measures could make a meaningful impact to boost the transition to a new green economy.

Paperchain: New market niches for the PPI waste in construction, mining and chemical sectors

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Spain

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The overall objective of PAPERCHAIN is to deploy five novel circular economy models centred in the valorisation of the waste streams generated by the Pulp and Paper Industry (PPI)

Development of deconstruction wood waste use as energy recovery in cement plants

Development of deconstruction wood waste use as energy recovery in cement plants

French cement producers plan to increase alternative fuels use from 44 % of the fuel mix to 50 %, by 2025. To support this initiative, they aim, in collaboration with construction and recycling trade organisations, to double the amount of wood waste used in the energy supply of cement plants. In this context, a Green Deal has been signed by the French Ministry for Environment, the French Ministry for Industry, and the project stakholders.

Circular Business Models for carpet tiles – Creating a climate fit for life

In 1994, Interface made a public commitment to become restorative by 2020. Since then, nature has been a mentor for Interface on its sustainability journey, driving the organisation to be more circular by applying biomimicry

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Netherlands

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In 1994, the carpet tiles company Interface made a public commitment to become restorative by 2020, eliminating any negative impact the company might have. As 2020 approaches and the organisation is on track, working towards 100% renewable energy in production, 100% recycled and biobased materials, having reuse and recycling options available around the globe.

Co-processing of waste in EU cement plants: status and prospects

Co-processing of waste in EU cement plants: status and prospects

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Belgium

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The EU cement industry supports the promotion of industrial symbiosis and the recognition of energy recovery as a waste management solution for non-recyclable waste. The use of waste materials in the cement industry with a simultaneous energy recovery and material recycling, referred to as co-processing, contributes towards achieving the objectives of the circular economy.

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

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Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

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Production of organic, natural, luxury mattresses, toppers and bedding, using 100% biodegradable material wherever possible.

Toss it in the bin: anti-littering-initiative by Altstoff Recycling Austria

Toss it in the bin
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Austria

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Founded in 2012‚ "Reinwerfen statt Wegwerfen"is a voluntary initiative of Austrian businesses, based on an agreement between Austrian social partners and the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism to improve the ecological performance of packaging (mainly beverage containers) by creating public awareness, preventing and reducing littering and promoting the separate collection and recycling of packaging.

Cement recarbonation

Cement Recarbonation

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Belgium

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Cement recarbonation refers to the process where part of the CO2 emitted during the cement production is re-absorbed by concrete in use through carbonation.

ProofPositive Tile: Creating a climate fit for life

The new Interface Proof Positive carpet tile prototype stores 2kg CO2 per square metre, compared to an average Interface carpet tile, which emits 7kg of CO2 per sq metre

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Netherlands

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Every day plants pull carbon out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis but release it when they decompose. Interface has taken specifically selected plant-derived carbon and converted it into a durable material that stores that carbon for at least a generation. The carbon is stored in the materials that make up the Proof Positive tile.

 

From construction waste to construction material: progressive recycled wood stone

Some end-use application of the wood stone manufactured by Destaclean®

Destaclean® Puukivi (Wood stone) is a progressive recycled material, of which the prepared products are ecological, lightweight, durable and easy to machine. The resulting wood stone is a composite of pure recycled wood fibre, rock minerals, cement and water.

Geocycle gives second life to C&DW through the cement manufacturing process

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Austria

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The cement industry and LafargeHolcim under the Geocycle brand, have developed strong expertise in coprocessing. This latter refers to the simultaneous recovery of energy and the recycling of mineral materials within one single industrial process: cement manufacturing. This waste treatment solution allows 100% of the material input to be recovered or recycled in the production process without any additional residue or impact on health and cement quality.

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