The mission of the Green Alley Award is simple: helping Europe’s most innovative businesses in the circular economy to flourish in the market. We are Europe`s first startup prize for innovative ideas on how to turn waste (back) into a valuable resource and want to give these promising businesses the visibility they deserve. With our
The textiles industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals, human exploitation, and the high levels of textile waste are just a few examples of the impact the industry is having on the environment. Especially fast fashion, focusing on speed and low costs, is making the textile industry wasteful. People buy more clothes of less quality and don’t keep them as long as they used to. Moreover, due to the international expansion of fast fashion brands, the problem occurs on a global scale.
The adoption of a circular model by fashion companies is extremely important, given the relevant environmental impact of this industry. However, due to the complex supply chains and the high level of competitiveness in this industry, changing from a linear to circular business model is challenging. The R2π project is conducting research in this industry, in order to provide insights that can help this transition.
For the textiles industry, the R2π project focuses on two interesting companies. Dutch jeans company MUD Jeans and the Spanish multinational clothing company Inditex, the biggest fashion group in the world.
The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Deloitte have jointly carried out research on barriers to the Circular Economy (CE) in the European Union. For this research, a survey with 153 businesses, 55 government officials and expert interviews with forty-seven thought leaders on the circular economy from businesses, governments, academia and
The Green Alley Award is given annually to European founders and start-ups from the circular economy. On November 9th, the Green Alley Award took place in Berlin, here’s what Christina from Green Alley is telling us: Those following our actions – as for example the news on the finalists – know: it was a really tough
On 25th Oct 2017, some of our researchers travelled to Geneva to attend the World Resources Forum 2017, where they delivered a workshop: “How to Transition from Linear to Circular” and here’s what they’re telling us: The shift towards a circular economy has undisputed benefits for the world and its citizens. It is a clear
UEAPME has certainly been keeping busy while it strives to stay as involved as possible in all EU committees and working groups. The main reason for this representation is to ensure that SMEs’ interests are kept into consideration during the discussions of these bodies and that SMEs can express their opinion on the different issues
Objective no.5 of R2PI project is: “To translate the knowledge gained throughout the project into policy package concepts tested on real-world conditions (Policy Packages) for use by policy makers (on a national and EU level) and other stakeholders for a resource efficient economy based on the concept of circular economy (This will be delivered in
“Systemic circular economy solutions for businesses” is a series of debates organized by the Institute of Innovative Economy and economy Coalition in Warsaw, Poland. The following debates have taken place so far: on circular economy package on the 10th of May 2017, on food waste on the 8th of June 2017 and on packaging on
To get us started, we have our first cross sector deliverable! This deliverable consists of three papers reviewing the literature, definitions and concepts in the key areas of the R2Pi project: A Review of the European Union’s Circular Economy Policy, Report on State-of-the-Art Research in the Area of Circular Economy and Defining the Concept of
R2π – Transition from Linear to Circular is a European Union Horizon 2020 project focused on
enabling organizations and their value chains to transition towards a more viable, sustainable and
competitive economic model.
The mission of the project is therefore to identify and develop sustainable business models and
guidelines that will facilitate the circular economy, and to propose policy packages that will support
the implementation of these sustainable models.
A core part of this project is to work with organizations who are on the journey towards developing
circular economy business models, as well as those who have the ambition to do so but haven’t yet
We are conducting case study projects with approximately fifteen selected