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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...
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...
Innovative Finns find cash in waste management
23/02/2016
A young Finnish company claims to be revolutionising the way waste is collected from public areas by using data from sensors to alert authorities to overflowing rubbish bins and recycling containers. The company, Espoo-based Enevo, has secured major backing from investors and is expanding in Europe...
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...
Austrian procurement of wastewater system earns praise
09/02/2016
Austria's Federal Procurement Agency has gained Europe-wide recognition for innovation-friendly use of public procurement. In October 2015, the agency picked up a Public Procurement of Innovation award from the Procurement of Innovation Platform. By using their purchasing power to choose...
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...

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