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Croatian project promises reusable water from textiles manufacturing
26/01/2016
A wastewater treatment facility on the site of a Croatian textiles factory could be the first in the European Union to have the capability to recover and reuse up to 100% of the water that the plant consumes. The facility was inaugurated in November 2015. The factory, at Osijek in northeastern...
Textile sustainable innovation award goes to new denim treatment technology
10/01/2016
A garment-finishing technology developed by an Italian company has scooped the first ever Industry Excellence Award for sustainable innovation from ITMA (Internationale Textilmaschinen Ausstellung), the world's largest exhibition dedicated to textile machinery, held every four years under the...
Small companies blaze a trail for modular design and longer gadget lifespans
10/01/2016
There are signs that the trend towards eco-innovative modular design of electronic gadgets is increasing, to the extent that modular design is starting to become mainstream. Today, the design of most mobile phones, computers and other devices means they are not easily repairable; if one component...
Project studies supply chain sustainability
19/11/2015
A European Union-supported project has just finished a two-year study on the potential for small and medium-sized companies to use a web-based decision-making tool that could help them improve the sustainability of their supply chains. The PrESS (Promoting environmentally sustainable SMEs) project...
Bank banks on eco-innovation
21/10/2015
One of the United Kingdom’s main banks is working on a scheme that allows entrepreneurs to use its head office to showcase their eco-innovations. The scheme could help entrepreneurs test and refine their eco-innovative products and ideas, and could help them to scale-up and find new markets. The...
Fuel from waste gas technology to be rolled-out in Belgium
06/10/2015
Multinational steel-making giant ArcelorMittal is experimenting with a process to turn an industrial byproduct from its operations into ethanol that can be used in transport fuel. The initiative, which will be rolled-out by the company at its steel plant in Ghent, Belgium, could reduce carbon...
Belgian fish farm takes up the sustainable aquaculture challenge
22/09/2015
Over-exploitation of the oceans means that meeting current demand for fish by taking from the wild is unrealistic. To sustainably produce fish there will have to be more reliance on aquaculture. The scale of the challenge was illustrated by a 2014 World Bank report 1 that found that by 2030, 62% of...
REBus project facilitates development of circular economy business models
22/09/2015
A European Union-backed project working in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom is helping small and large organisations to make their circular economy ideas more concrete, by assisting them in developing new business models based on more sustainable principles. Most recently, the LIFE REBus...
Planet Mark promotes continuous carbon footprint reduction
23/06/2015
A United Kingdom sustainability certification scheme is extending its impact beyond the companies that it certifies to provide support to the The Planet Mark is a collaboration between London-based sustainability consultancy Planet First and the Eden Project, which opened in 2001 in Cornwall,...
Hackerspaces offer bottom-up approach to the circular economy
22/06/2015
Hackerspaces or makerspaces are local community clubs or networks that offer a location for people to meet and share tools and expertise related to the repair and design of products – usually consumer electronics. Hackerspaces have emerged in response to concerns that electronic and electrical...

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