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France - Recycling

Shoes as a solution to ocean plastic
05/12/2016
German sportswear giant Adidas has set itself the goal of producing 1 million pairs of UltraBOOST Uncaged sports shoes by the end of 2017. It might not sound unusual that Adidas is producing large numbers of sports shoes, but these shoes are different – they are made from plastic recovered from the...
Company turns insect-based biorefining into reality
10/10/2016
A French company that farms insects has gone from incubation in 2011 to the construction of a full-scale demonstration biorefinery in late 2015. On the way, the company, Ynsect, has collected a number of eco-innovation awards and serious financial backing, including a €2 million investment from...
Investors to assess climate risk in France
30/05/2016
Large companies are increasingly required to report on their greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. But a new law – an amendment to France's Energy Transition Law – makes France the first country to introduce mandatory climate reporting for investors, though similar ideas have...
Slovenian company specialises in new windows from old
05/05/2016
A Slovenian company that emerged from a farming cooperative to become a manufacturer of windows is leading a move away from synthetic window frames to a new generation of recyclable frames made from wood and aluminium, which are suitable for passive and low-energy houses and applications. The...
Innovation prize boost for bacteria-based eco start-ups
23/02/2016
A French start-up that plans to use natural bioluminescence in street lighting and shop-front displays has scooped an eco-innovation prize from the city of Paris Innovation Grand Prix. The award, which was handed out at a ceremony in Paris in December 2015, earned the small company, Glowee, a prize...
Slovakian company finds profit in auto industry waste
07/10/2014
A Slovakian company is increasingly finding new uses and markets for its innovative product - which is made by recycling a waste stream from the auto industry. The company, Stered PR Krajné Ltd, grew out of a project involving the Textile Technology Institute in Bratislava, the Chemical Fibres...
Clothing project to explore the circular economy for textiles  
18/03/2014
The garment sector is becoming seriously interested in the recycling of textile fibres to make new clothing. A denim-recycling process was developed as long ago as the mid-1990s by Armani. More recently, the collection of old clothing as a raw material for new products has become highly organised...
Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea
30/09/2013
A Dutch architectural practice has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces. The firm, WHIM Architecture, believes that the concept could be useful in low lying countries – such as the...
Waste not, want not
10/12/2012
A Portuguese company has been recognised for its waste management software – an example of how modern technology can make environmental services more efficient. Compta Emerging Business, headquartered in historic Évora in southern-central Portugal, received in September a Green Projects Award...
Incentivised recycling
13/11/2012
A small British company is developing an innovative business model that will encourage the recycling and reuse of domestic appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, in exchange for loyalty points that can be used with up to 300 online retailers. EEESafe, based in Swansea, Wales, is...

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