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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...

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