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

Biopack: Egg carton that can be planted to sprout legumes, instead of recycling

An egg carton made out of cleared paper pulp, flour, starch and biological seeds has been developed so that instead of being recycled after use, consumers can plant and water it so the seeds that are part of the box itself can grow. The container, known as Biopack, was developed by Greek designer George Bosnas as an alternative to recycling. The Biopack, which holds up to four … Continue reading Biopack: Egg carton that can be planted to sprout legumes, instead of recycling

Circular Economy Academy: Ireland launches free mentoring programme to assist social enterprises

Ireland has launched its first Circular Economy Academy to assist social enterprises to develop successful businesses using circular economy models. The circular economy model is a perfect fit for Irish social enterprises and community organisations looking to establish a new project or expand operations whilst supporting climate action and environmental protection. It enables products to stay in circulation for longer through reuse, repair and innovation, … Continue reading Circular Economy Academy: Ireland launches free mentoring programme to assist social enterprises

Repurpose Schoolbags: Upcycled, solar-powered bags enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark

Repurpose Schoolbags are upcycled plastic bags featuring integrated solar technology which is enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark. Millions of school children in South Africa walk long distances to and from school on a daily basis. Once they return home, many of them are unable to study at night due to the absence of secure light sources. Repurpose Schoolbags brings together … Continue reading Repurpose Schoolbags: Upcycled, solar-powered bags enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark

FastFeetGrinded turning used sneakers into new products

The recycling and reuse of every product is possible and is imminent – right down to those used sneakers it appears. FastFeetGrinded collects used shoes, pulverises and separates them in a Netherlands-based factory and supplies the granulate as raw material to producers of playgrounds, outdoor sports fields, athletics tracks and sports shoes. The Netherlands-based business, along with local retailers, collects old shoes – running shoes … Continue reading FastFeetGrinded turning used sneakers into new products

BlueCity: Former waterslide park and swimming pool becomes a hub for sustainable entrepreneurs

A former waterslide park and swimming pool in Rotterdam has become a sustainability hub where  entrepreneurs are sharing their knowledge, expertise, and recycled materials – creating a world in which waste is valuable. The hub, BlueCity, has been described as a “playground for circular companies”. Located in the building which once housed Tropicana, a subtropical swimming pool and waterslide park along the Maas river, a range … Continue reading BlueCity: Former waterslide park and swimming pool becomes a hub for sustainable entrepreneurs

BeeBlue: Creating functional products – soap, beer and bicycle crates – from waste products

BeeBlue is an Amsterdam-based collective working to upcycle waste – including used coffee grounds, orange peel, bread and plastic – into products with a positive impact on nature, society and economy. Among BeeBlue’s products are Toost, a beer brewed from bread that had otherwise been thrown away, and Upcrate, a bicycle crate made of 100% plastic waste. But the most standout and the one gaining popularity is SOOP – … Continue reading BeeBlue: Creating functional products – soap, beer and bicycle crates – from waste products

Plastic Whale create whale-inspired circular office furniture from plastic fished from Amsterdam canals

Plastic fishing company, Plastic Whale have teamed up with office furniture designers, Vepa, to produce high-end furniture made from fished plastic from the Amsterdam canals. The Plastic Whale Circular Furniture collection consists of a boardroom table, a chair, lamps and acoustic wall panels – all made from plastic fished out of Amsterdam’s canals. Circularity was central to the team of designers at Vepa, who sought their … Continue reading Plastic Whale create whale-inspired circular office furniture from plastic fished from Amsterdam canals

UglyGood: Singapore-based startup transforming fruit waste into valuable products

Fruit pulps and peels are often discarded as waste, yet the pulps and peels have a multitude of uses. That’s where Singapore brand UglyGood come in – turning fruit waste into valuable resources such as natural cleaning products and animal feed for use by wildlife organisations. UglyGood is a startup that recycles and upcycles organic waste into quality products, with the goal of building a … Continue reading UglyGood: Singapore-based startup transforming fruit waste into valuable products