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EURATEX: Prospering in the Circular Economy

Textiles, circular textiles, fashion, circular economy, sustainbale fashion

In 2019 the European Commission set out a policy guideline to address global environmental challenges and circularity. EURATEX and its members welcome the ambition of the EU Institutions to change the old way and commit to engage with all relevant parties to deliver and implement a new Textile Strategy to boost the circular economy and be fit for the present and future generations.

This strategy by EURATEX is a starting point, with insights into solutions based on a 14-month consultation with members, involving over 100 companies and key stakeholders, focused on applied circular practices and future opportunities. It prioritises removing barriers to a large-scale uptake of circular economy in textiles, sets out 12 key points and puts forward 38 proposals.

EFIC Position paper: The Furniture sector and Circular Economy 2.0

The furniture sector and Circular Economy 2.0: the European Furniture Industries Confederation shares its views

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EFIC - European Furniture Industries Confederation
Publication Date: 
04/2020
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Belgium

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Furniture

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Gabriella Kemendi
Giorgia Murgia

From a “circular” point of view, the wide range of products considered to be "furniture" and the diverse use of materials in production (e.g. wood, plastics, textile, steel, glass, composites, foam) makes it a complex area to address.

The European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) has drawn up a position paper that identifies challenges and opportunities linked to the circular economy transition, covering the different phases of manufacturing from supply of materials to the end-of-life phase, and that provides sector-specific expertise on EU Circular Economy policies.

The European furniture industries are ready to work together with EU institutions to create suitable tools for the sector, enabling it to move in the right direction.

Source: EFIC

Impacts and Insights: Circular IT Management in Practice

Impacts and Insights: Circular IT Management in Practice

The report from TCO Development, the organization behind the global sustainability certification for IT products TCO Certified, explains how everyone who buys/uses IT products can implement circular practices. It sets out how circular economy (CE) helps solve many pressing sustainability challenges linked to IT products and contains 33 expert tips on circular IT management.

Key findings:

  1. Use IT products longer.
  2. Circularity helps maximize the value of IT investment.
  3. Market demand is key to accelerating the pace of change. 
  4. Circularity includes IT management throughout the life cycle. 
  5. Improved supply chain responsibility can speed up transition to CE. 
  6. Circularity is a team effort.
  7. Many circular solutions are already in place - just use them.

EUMEPS op-ed on the ‘Renovation Wave’

EUMEPS op-ed: Thermal insulation improvements in the EU building Renovation Wave also promote the Circular Economy

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Op-ed
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Association for European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (EUMEPS)
Publication Date: 
06/2020
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Belgium

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Flavia Ferri

The European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (EUMEPS) is the voice of the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) industry. It has published an op-ed welcoming the European Commission’s commitment to a Renovation Wave and the outline of its strategy shared in the roadmap published in May 2020. It believes that this initiative is a great opportunity for scaling-up current renovation rates and EU’s climate and energy efficiency goals.

EUMEPS agrees that increased renovation can be a key contributor to creating jobs and stimulating economic recovery in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It embraces the Commission’s finding that buildings are also critical for making circularity work and its objective to implement the Renovation Wave in line with circular economy principles.

15 Nov 2021 to 18 Nov 2021
Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021

This leading circular economy event will take place on 15-18 November 2021 in Barcelona.

Ecopreneur.eu: Circular fashion and textile producing countries

Ecopreneur cotton

Textiles and clothing play an important role in our everyday life. But the global fashion industry model is unsustainable. It uses large amounts of resources and has negative impacts on the environment and people. The global fashion industry, therefore, has to make a transition towards a circular model. In a ‘circular’ fashion economy, clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy to avoid becoming waste.

This research note produced by Ecopreneur.eu is a first inventory of the potential impacts of future EU circular fashion on non-European textile producing countries. It uses existing literature and input from four circular economy experts to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts. 

EuRIC - Plastic Recycling Factsheet

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EuRIC - European Recycling Industries' Confederation
Publication Date: 
06/2020
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Belgium

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Alejandro Navazas
EuRIC General Contact

Plastics represent a serious waste-handling problem with only 10% of the plastic waste generated worldwide being recycled. Plastics recycling is instrumental to close the loop of the circular economy by re-introducing into the economy high-quality plastic recyclates incorporated into new products.

The brochure highlights the importance of moving towards a circular economy for plastics in Europe. It identifies the most commonly used types of plastics and describes the current state-of-play, challenges faced by the European mechanical plastics recycling industry and key recommendations for overcoming them. Plastics recycling’s environmental benefits and economic importance are also touched upon.

Civil Society European Strategy for Sustainable Textile, Garments, Leather and Footwear

Civil Society European Strategy for Sustainable Textile, Garments, Leather and Footwear

A broad coalition of social and environmental NGOs has developed a Civil Society European Strategy for Sustainable Textiles, Garments, Leather and Footwear, looking at the social, environmental and governance implications of the textile sector in one forward-looking document ahead of the comprehensive EU Strategy for Textiles, expected in 2021.

The document aims to contribute to the upcoming comprehensive EU Strategy for Textiles, by providing recommendations on what such a Strategy should encompass in order to maintain a high level of ambition. It includes forward-looking proposals on due diligence, product policy framework, waste, unfair trading practices, international trade, support to producing countries, alternative business models and a multi-stakeholder platform.

Syctom Position Paper New Circular Economy Action Plan

Syctom Position Paper on the New Circular Economy Action Plan

Syctom is a French local public authority and a leading European operator in domestic waste management. It processes 2,3 million tonnes of domestic and related waste from around six million inhabitants of the Île-de-France region, including Paris, i.e. almost 9% of the French population. 

Syctom strongly welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) published by the European Commission.

In its position paper, Syctom highlights some elements in order to contribute to future discussions about the development of the new CEAP, in particular:

  • strengthening and extending ecodesign,
  • waste reduction,
  • stimulating the market for secondary raw materials,
  • waste-to-energy as a sustainable environmental activity and
  • strengthening education to promote prevention.

 

The Covid-19 recovery requires a resilient circular economy

The Covid-19 recovery requires a resilient circular economy

The coronavirus crisis has disastrous human and economic consequences, revealing our system's exposure to a variety of risks. As the pandemic forces us to adapt our daily lives in ways we would not have imagined, it is also challenging us to rethink the systems that underpin the economy.

While addressing public health consequences is clearly the priority, before the crisis, momentum had already been increasing around the need for a system reset, and the potential of a circular model.

Far from the pandemic pushing the circular economy agenda to the bottom of the list, this article by Jocelyn Blériot at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation highlights and reiterates that it is now more relevant than ever, and sets out to explore the wider possibilities for recovery.

Scaler Quick Guides – Helping industries increase efficiency through resource sharing

SCALER

SCALER provides mechanisms to accelerate the journey towards efficient and quick implementation of industrial symbiosis in the European process industry. They do this by developing action plans and adapted solutions to industrial stakeholders and communities.

SCALER works closely with a wide range of stakeholders including industrial networks, consultancies, researchers and policy makers at various geographic and political levels, to deliver practical tools and guidelines for industry actors engaging in resource efficiency, reuse and sharing.

To achieve this goal, SCALER is developing a set of reports and guides. They offer insights into how businesses can start industrial resource synergies with other companies to minimise their waste and create more value from their production.

Maltese business Frank Wrap reduces single use of plastic cling film

Frank Wrap

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Malta

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Frank Wrap® is a natural and reusable alternative for food storage. This natural food wrap replaces the single use of plastic cling film.

Circular Aluminium Action Plan: A Strategy for Achieving Aluminium's Full Potential for Circular Economy by 2030

The Circular Aluminium Action Plan is the aluminium sector’s strategy for achieving aluminium’s full potential for a circular economy by 2030. The action plan aims to ensure that all end-of-life aluminium products are collected and recycled efficiently in Europe to maximise the aluminium recycling rates and to keep the material in active use. It builds on the aluminium industry’s Vision 2050 and provides policy recommendations for the sector.

The aluminium industry has the potential to be a key driver in achieving Europe’s ambitions for a climate-neutral and circular economy. Aluminium is by nature circular and fit for multiple recycling: it can be recycled over and over again without losing its original properties (lightness, conductivity, formability, durability, impermeability).

Danish Strategy for Circular Economy

In 2018, the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food and the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs launched a Strategy for Circular Economy, based on recommendations by an Advisory Board for Circular Economy. The strategy will be implemented in the period 2018-2022. The government launched initiatives within six thematic areas:

  1. Strengthening enterprises as a driving force for circular transition
  2. Supporting circular economy through data and digitalisation
  3. Promoting circular economy through design
  4. Changing consumption patterns through circular economy
  5. Creating a proper functioning market for waste and recycled raw materials
  6. Getting more value out of buildings and biomass.

INEC publishes a study on identifying major circular economy networks in Europe

Circular economy (CE) appears everywhere in Europe to be an adequate response to the challenges of resource scarcity. Driven by the development of the European CE Package, many initiatives to accelerate the transition are emerging, both on governmental and private levels, but they lack coordination.

In the wake of the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission in March, the "Institut National de l'Economie Circulaire" (INEC) - member of the ECESP Coordination Group -  and Orée have co-authored a study identifying the major CE networks in Europe in order to strengthen the cooperation needed to achieve CE ambitions. By so doing they have pursued their common aim to develop and disseminate a vision of an inclusive and unifying CE.

Read the full study.

INDI - a bright new life for recycled paper, thanks to unique REPAPER technology

Lithuanian circular design company

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Lithuania

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INDI is a Lithuanian design brand founded by designer Simonas Tarvydas. The line combines its unique recycled paper technology – REPAPER – with original and contemporary designs for interiors. Because of their production process, all the objects can be recycled and reused as material for future designs.

European Parliament Study on Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Protection Legislation

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Bert KEIRSBILCK, KU Leuven, Evelyne TERRYN, KU Leuven, Anaïs MICHEL, KU Leuven, Ivano ALOGNA, BIICL
Publication Date: 
04/2020
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EU

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Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies

How can sustainable consumption and longer lifetime of products be promoted through consumer protection legislation?

This in-depth analysis investigates the contribution, or lack of contribution, of the current EU consumer protection legislation to sustainable consumption and longer lifetime of products. In addition, it gives an overview of the most relevant best practices at national and international level and provides recommendations on the future development and possible reforms of European consumer protection legislation with a view to more sustainable consumption and longer lifetime of products.

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).

Situational Analysis Report of Circular Economy in the Data Centre Industry

Situational Analysis of the Circular Economy in the Data Centre Industry

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WeLOOP, TND, LSBU, GreenIT Amsterdam, Wuppertal Institution, Team2, Operational Intelligence, Dialasheep, SIMS Recycling Solutions, Aliter Network
Publication Date: 
04/2020
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France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom

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Naeem Adibi
Carolina Szablewski
Nil Atmaca

The Data Centre Industry (DCI) is one of the most important pillars of current technological and economic developments.

In DCIs, more than fifty different materials can be found per product, including ferrous, non-ferrous metals, precious metals (PM), platinum group metals (PGM), rare earth elements (REE), plastics and/or ceramics, some being considered as Critical Raw Materials (CRMs).

This assessment aims to study DCI design and material composition (specifically servers and switches), as well as to analyse their performance in a circular economy and provide recommendations for ecodesign guidelines.

Promoting product longevity

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J. Scott MARCUS, Bruegel, Georg ZACHMANN, Bruegel, Stephen GARDNER, Bruegel, Simone TAGLIAPIETRA, Bruegel, Elissavet LYKOGIANNI, VVA
Publication Date: 
03/2020
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EU

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Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies

How can the EU product safety and compliance framework help promote product durability and tackle planned obsolescence, foster the production of more sustainable products, and achieve more transparent supply chains for consumers?

Product longevity can play a useful role in achieving the Paris Agreement goals – material efficiency is an important contributor to energy efficiency and is also important in its own right. The product safety and compliance instruments available at European level can contribute to these efforts, if wisely applied.

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).

Circular Fashion MOOC: Design, Science and Value in a Sustainable Clothing Industry

Wageningen MOOC

The fashion industry has a big influence on the global economy and is known for its social and environmental impact. This online course by Wageningen University & Research is an introduction to circular fashion, brought by 30 experts from academia and practice.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of sustainability and circularity in fashion
  • Understand the importance of design for disassembly and recycling
  • Evaluate new biobased materials for textiles and understand the change in production processes
  • Disrupt current thinking and mindset in the industry and manage the transition to circular fashion
  • Understand economic paradigms and new forms of value creation for circularity in the fashion industry

Read more and enrol.

The Circular Economy's Closed Loop and Product Service Systems: A Review and Appraisal

The circular economy's closed loop and product service systems for sustainable development: A review and appraisal

Author: 
Mark Anthony Camilleri
Publication Date: 
10/2018
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Malta, United Kingdom

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Mark Anthony Camilleri

This review paper of Mark Anthony Camilleri examines relevant regulatory guidelines, policies, and recommendations on sustainable development, where it traces the origins of circular economy (CE). It goes on to shed light on key theoretical underpinnings of CE's closed loop and product service systems.

The findings suggest that the CE's regenerative systems minimise the environmental impact as practitioners reduce their externalities, including waste, emissions, and energy leakages through the use and reuse of resources. Therefore, this contribution offers a critique on CE's inherent limitations and discusses about the implications of having regulatory interventions that are intended to encourage responsible consumption and production behaviours.

Promoting a Just Transition to an Inclusive Circular Economy

Chatham House report: Promoting a Just Transition to an Inclusive Circular Economy

Just Transition

Today, only 8.6% of the resources and materials in the global economy are reused or recycled.
A crucial transition to a circular economy is required to reach the environmental goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to achieve countries’ climate targets as set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

In this context, it is essential to ensure that the transition to a resource-efficient and circular economic model also delivers on social objectives.

This paper introduces the relevance of the circular economy in the international development SDG context. It also explores how a just transition approach can be successfully applied in the circular economy context.

Delivering a circular economy within the planet’s boundaries: An analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Delivering a circular economy within the planet’s boundaries: an analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan 2020
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Mia Pantzar, Timothy Suljada
Publication Date: 
03/2020
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EU

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Mia Pantzar

This analysis by IEEP and SEI assesses to what extent the actions included in the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission on 11 March 2020 may contribute to a more circular European economy within the boundaries of the planet.

The authors conclude that the action plan is a promising continuation of existing efforts, but ask for more concrete measures to address unsustainable resource consumption.

The authors make five recommendations to EU policymakers in this regard and emphasise the importance of EU Member States and the private sector showing leadership and willingness to innovate.

Overview Circular Flanders: a 2017-2019 retrospective

Circular Flanders

This retrospective report is a review of the plans set out by Circular Flanders in the Kick-off Statement.

The most important finding? A good deal more was accomplished than initially anticipated. For example, the opportunity to launch three Open Calls, permitting the funding of over 130 innovative circular economy projects. The Green Deal on Circular Construction was also an unprecedented opportunity, as was the complementary reinforcement of the OVAM team of experts in ecodesign and area-specific operations, allowing the scope to expand.

This retrospective report is an interactive PDF. External links to downloads or online resources have been embedded on each project page for easy accessibility.

RE4 project: designing solutions for circular buildings, integrating recycled materials from construction and demolition waste

The EU-funded RE4 project has developed prefabricated energy-efficient building concepts containing up to 85 % of recycled materials and reused structures from construction and demolition waste (DMW).

A French act of law against waste and for a circular economy

Loi anti-gaspillage

This French act of law contains about 50 measures providing for:

  • new obligations with the creation of new producer responsibility sectors to include new product families in the circular economy (toys, sports and do-it-yourself equipment, building materials, cigarette butts, sanitary textiles);
  • new prohibitions on single-use plastics and to fight waste of food and non-food unsold products;
  • new tools to better control and sanction offences against the environment (greater power for mayors to combat littering and illegal dumping), to support companies in their eco-design initiatives (bonus/malus-type incentives) and to assist citizens in new consumption practices (repairability index, information on environment and health impacts of products, harmonisation of info on sorting, etc.).

Luxembourg launches “Circularity Dataset Initiative” supported by major international industry leaders

Publication Date: 
11/2019
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Luxembourg

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Jérôme Petry

The Circularity Dataset Initiative by the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg develops an industry standard providing a regulated framework for circular data on products throughout value chains, from raw materials to finished products, from the use phase to re-usage and recycling.

The project addresses the difficulty for stakeholders to access reliable data on the circular properties of a product. Trade secrets are hindering transparency and reporting standards are lacking, forcing manufacturers to send out different data sets in diverse formats to customers and product platforms.

The objective is to save costs, increase value and enable circularity by developing a process and an internationally accepted dataset template, and data is verified through an auditing process.

 

Thanks to smart design, Stella Soomlais' leather bags can be re-cut and re-made as smaller items

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Estonia

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Estonian leather goods maker Stella Soomlais has come up with an innovative bag design that enables old or damaged leather bags to be turned into new leather goods, with little leftover material.

Adhesives industry: water-soluble adhesives facilitate return and reuse bottle schemes and end-of-life recycling

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Germany

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Türmerleim is a company that produces adhesives, including for reusable bottles. Its adhesives have a high level of alkaline solubility, making them easy to remove and so promoting the reuse and recycling of bottles.

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