FabBRICK: Turning old clothes in to bricks to create furniture and partitions

Old clothes are being turned in to building materials to create furniture or insulating partitions by Paris-based startup, FabBRICK. The building material is made from recycled textiles that have been shredded and then combined with a bio-sourced glue before being placed in a mold and mechanicaly compressed. Each FabBRICK brick contains the equivalent of two T-shirts. Structural and insulating, FabBRICK can be used to create … Continue reading FabBRICK: Turning old clothes in to bricks to create furniture and partitions

Green Alley Award: Europe’s annual startup prize for the circular economy opens for entries

Europe’s first startup prize for the Circular Economy – Green Alley Award – is seeking businesses that are creating innovative new technologies and solutions for tackling Europe’s waste to apply in this year’s award. Entries are now open for the 2020 Green Alley Award, which is dedicated to three specific categories in relation to the circular economy – recycling, waste prevention, and digital solutions. The Green … Continue reading Green Alley Award: Europe’s annual startup prize for the circular economy opens for entries

Mexican engineers create vegan leather from mango waste for use in the shoes and textile industries

Mexican engineers have created a bio-material, vegan leather made from mango waste for use in the shoes and textile industries. The eco-friendly textile, manufactured by the Guanajuato-based Polybion company, is sourced from organic waste, like mango seeds and fruit skins. Known as Celium, the mango leather is a bio-textile grown from bacterial cellulose and agro-industrial waste such as mango puree that can be used for … Continue reading Mexican engineers create vegan leather from mango waste for use in the shoes and textile industries

Skavenji plug-and-play box empowering people to produce and use their own renewable energy on a small-scale

French start-up Skavenji has set out to make renewable energy autonomous and accessible with a simple box that can be plugged in at home, an office or classroom, allowing users to directly produce and consume small amounts of electricity. The Skavenji Box lets everyone contribute to a greener world by managing the personal production and efficient use of electricity. The boxes are designed to be … Continue reading Skavenji plug-and-play box empowering people to produce and use their own renewable energy on a small-scale

Gerrard Street: Circular electronics startup creating modular headphones and rethinking ownership

Anyone who has owned a pair of headphones are probably familiar with how fast they can wear, which is why Gerrard Street, an Amsterdam-based startup, have designed modular headphones that can easily be recycled or their parts reused. Gerrard Street, which rethinks ownership by focusing its business on circular consumer electronics, offer the headphones through a subscription model, where customers pay either a monthly or … Continue reading Gerrard Street: Circular electronics startup creating modular headphones and rethinking ownership

PHOENX: Modular carry-on suitcase features parts that can be easily replaced or repaired

London-based startup PHOENX has created a suitable carry-on suitcase, made from 95% recycled and regenerated materials, which is modular – so parts can be eaily repaired and replaced. The signature modular design allows each component to be sent in for replacement, enabling the PHOENX team to properly recycle each part. This benefits both the consumer and the planet by decreasing unnecessary waste and extending the … Continue reading PHOENX: Modular carry-on suitcase features parts that can be easily replaced or repaired

Young Peruvians design biodegradable plates from banana leaf

A group of young Peruvians have created biodegradable plates from banana leaves under a project known as Bio Plant. The banana leaf plates are also made with paper and cardboard cellulose, and can decompose by itself within 60 days. The disposable plates, which are designed to be an alternative to single-use plastics, are also resistant to various temperatures, liquids and any type of food. According to … Continue reading Young Peruvians design biodegradable plates from banana leaf

Circular economy “Learning Hub” launched

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched a new Learning Hub where people can discover more about the circular economy and implement it into their businesses. The Learning Hub tackles questions such as: What is the circular economy? What can I do within my business? How do I describe what the circular economy is to my colleagues, friends, and family? Using interactive multimedia content, Ellen MacArthur … Continue reading Circular economy “Learning Hub” launched

PermaFungi: Cultivating mushrooms from used coffee grounds and other products in a Brussels basement

PermaFungi is recycling used coffee grounds to produce mushrooms, natural fertiliser and even a biodegradable design material, while creating sustainable jobs for low skilled people. The Brussels-based social enterprise was born in 2013 based on two observations – the abundance of urban waste and the relatively high unemployment rate among young people. PermaFungi, which aims to contribute to urban resilience and fosters a circular economy … Continue reading PermaFungi: Cultivating mushrooms from used coffee grounds and other products in a Brussels basement

Corona Fit Packs: Smart stackable can solution does away with six-pack rings

Mexican beer brand Corona has created a screwable, stackable can in an innovative approach to tackle the problem and impact of plastic waste on the environment. The new Fit Packs involve screwable, stackable cans with screw threads at the top and bottom of each can, allowing up to ten cans to be stacked on top of each other with a simple twist without additional materials. This … Continue reading Corona Fit Packs: Smart stackable can solution does away with six-pack rings