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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...
Photo credit: Heising, FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt
11/05/2018
Acknowledged as essential for healthier living, better air quality in cities is now a priority across Europe. At the BreezeCleanAir4City hackathon, organised on 12-13 January 2018, participants were inspired to come up with new ways of using satellite data to measure and predict air quality. The...
Construction sector builds on eco-innovation
05/05/2016
The market for construction products offers a substantial opportunity for circular economy business models. Rather than being manufactured from virgin materials, many construction products – such as building and insulation materials – can be recovered and recycled from construction and demolition...
Pan-European project tests and values water technologies
09/03/2016
A project to test eco-innovative technologies that conserve and improve water resources is underway at five sites across Europe. In its second phase, the DESSIN project (“Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector”) will also calculate the additional economic value that...
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...
First commercial development of straw houses goes on sale following EU project
11/03/2015
A group of seven houses constructed from highly compacted straw has gone on sale in Bristol, United Kingdom, following extensive testing to prove the safety and environmental performance of the straw panels, which was carried out with assistance from a European Union-funded eco-innovation project...
Social networking for green SMEs  
21/10/2014
A new European eco-innovation platform is hoping to create the foundations for what could become an eco social network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project, One aim of the project is to build up a database of SME “solutions” that other SMEs can access. These cover a...
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...
Plan Bee creates a buzz
04/12/2013
A small Scottish company is showing that a business can be built on biodiversity, by installing and maintaining bee hives on the premises of corporate customers. Plan Bee, based in the town of Motherwell, which sits between Edinburgh and Glasgow,...
Socks from the sea
11/06/2013
Humanity faces many thorny environmental challenges, but one of the most difficult is how to clean up the seas, which have long been used as a dumping ground for waste. A pioneering initiative involving organisations in the Netherlands, Italy and Slovenia is showing how one type of waste –...

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