Les Alchimistes helping to green French cities with its composting solutions

Les Alchimistes, a Paris-based social enterprise, is helping to green cities across France by collecting and composting urban food waste and recreating fertile soils for local use. The social enterprise organises the collection of food waste – from restaurants, supermarkets, companies, schools, canteens, and hospitals as well as company groups and private individuals – and transforms it locally into compost. Les Alchimistes identified that good soil … Continue reading Les Alchimistes helping to green French cities with its composting solutions

Waste turned into fashion textiles can create new supply chains in the UK, supporting the brand “designed and made in the UK”

A consortium led by the Royal College of Art (RCA) is working on a £5.4m project that includes transforming household waste, crops and old fabrics into new textiles. The aim is to reduce the amount of fabric sent to incinerators and landfill per year in the UK, as well as the amount that is imported. In a bid to make the textile industry more sustainable, researchers … Continue reading Waste turned into fashion textiles can create new supply chains in the UK, supporting the brand “designed and made in the UK”

France to introduce repairability rating index on electrical and electronic goods

France is set to introduce a repairability rating index for electrical and electronic equipment in an attempt to stop throwaway culture and to make consumers aware of the environmental impact of products they buy. Under the French Government’s plans, products such as smartphones and electronic and household appliances will have a new sticker on their packaging, indicating how long their estimated “life” will be. The new stickers, which will … Continue reading France to introduce repairability rating index on electrical and electronic goods

Concrete manufacturers develop eco-friendly alternative to concrete blocks made from recycled wood

French concrete manufacturers Alkern has turned its hands to an environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete blocks made from recycled wood. Known as Naturbloc Bois, the wood blocks, which function like concrete blocks and are fully weight-bearing, are made of wood aggregates produced from old pallets. Anticipating regulatory changes and wanting to reduce its environmental impact, the company began on an R&D approach with the aim of … Continue reading Concrete manufacturers develop eco-friendly alternative to concrete blocks made from recycled wood

IKEA launches “buy back” initiative in a move that will help it become “fully circular and climate positive” by 2030

IKEA customers who have tired of their flat pack furniture will now be able to sell items back to the retailer for resale as secondhand, in a “buy back” initiative which aims to help the retailer become fully circular and climate positive by 2030. Under the scheme, customers who want to sell their flat pack IKEA dressers, drawers, cabinets and tables back to the retailer … Continue reading IKEA launches “buy back” initiative in a move that will help it become “fully circular and climate positive” by 2030

H&M’s Looop garment-to-garment recycling machine spins old jumpers into new garments in efforts to show value in recycling

H&M will install a machine at one of its Stockholm stores that pulls old garments apart, spins them into yarn and knits them into a either a sweater, a baby blanket or a scarf. The fashion retailer, which aims to be carbon positive by 2040, will showcase the garment-to-garment recycling machine in one of its stores in the Swedish capital, where shoppers will be able … Continue reading H&M’s Looop garment-to-garment recycling machine spins old jumpers into new garments in efforts to show value in recycling

Levi’s launches SecondHand service and buy-back scheme in line with circular values

Levi’s has introduced a second-hand fashion service and buy-back scheme, as it looks to operate more in line with circular economy values.  Earlier this week, Levi’s launched Levi’s SecondHand, its first buy-back program allowing customers to purchase secondhand jeans and jackets on Levi.com while also giving customers the opportunity to turn in their worn jeans and jackets in Levi’s stores for a gift card towards … Continue reading Levi’s launches SecondHand service and buy-back scheme in line with circular values

PoEthic: Biodegradable plant pot offers a circular solution

PoEthic is a new plant pot made from from organic waste that breaks down into compost once planted in to soil, thereby closing the circular economy loop. The PoEthic® pot, created by the France-based startup Bioplasmar and SEDE, is made of bio-sourced and biodegradable materials from local resources. Intended for use in market gardening, horticulture and parks and gardens, the PoEthic pot is made from … Continue reading PoEthic: Biodegradable plant pot offers a circular solution

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