Help turn the linear into a circular economy with your green business idea and apply to the Green Alley Award, Europe’s first startup prize promoting digital circular economy solutions, recycling innovations and ideas for waste prevention. Applications including a customized pitch deck must be sent by 1st July 2018 at www.green-alley-award.com/apply. The offer: At the finals in
Circular economy is a great business opportunity to improve economic growth, produce substantial net material cost savings, create more jobs and increase innovation (click here to know more). Still, many barriers persist. Some companies managed to overcome them to take practical steps towards the transition. What is the circular economy? The circular economy is a system
ICEDE Research Group at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC) is contributing to the paradigm shift towards Circular Economy from research and university education. Within the R2PI project, the group is currently coordinating the consortium work related to case study development as well as leading investigation on two ambitious business models for Circular Economy
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