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Germany - Sustainable Consumption and Production

Photo credit: Breeze Technologies UG / Anne Gaertner
11/05/2018
A pioneering German air-quality monitoring company has been named one of the EU’s most promising start-ups by the European Parliament. While Breeze’s sensor network solution focuses on being simple to use, it hides complex data-processing technology behind an equally complex problem. Air pollution...
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...
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...
Sustainable packaging from “mushroom materials”
22/05/2015
A US company has developed a successful line of “mushroom materials” that can be used as a compostable, biodegradable replacement for polystyrene and other packaging derived from hydrocarbons. The company, The company has developed a method of “growing” packaging materials from regionally...
Innovative filtration media promises cleaner treated water
11/02/2014
A circular-economy initiative just outside the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is making waves in water filtration by producing a highly efficient filtration media from recycled glass. The Active Filter Media (AFM), made by the company Dryden Aqua, has been so successful that its production now uses...
German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming
11/02/2014
A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013. The company,...
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...
Good for your health, the environment and business
18/12/2009
Innovations in energy harvesting are set to increase the sustainability of sport and recreation. Through these devices, users will be able to create electricity while they exercise. Tough environmental challenges are forcing people to address the sustainability of their homes and businesses;...
Driving Europe towards a greener future
03/10/2009
Major gas company Linde has developed an innovative process to produce hydrogen fuel from biodiesel by-product glycerine. A demonstration plant is under construction in Germany. Linde – the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants – has developed a process to produce hydrogen sustainably...

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