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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...
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...
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...
Let the train take the strain
14/09/2012
The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the railway operator in the Netherlands, is improving the environmental performance of 50 of its intercity trains through a retrofitting programme that will be completed...
Biodegradable inks enable eco-friendly printing
24/11/2011
A Delhi-based company is at the forefront of eco-innovation in ink production. Its biodegradable inks allow for eco-friendly printing and high-efficiency recycling of printed paper. When university graduates Sidhartha Bhimania and Krishna Gopal Singh set up EnNatura in 2007, their ambition was...
Cutting-edge technology puts glass-recycling company ahead of industry
12/11/2011
An innovative dry cleaning process offers advantages to glass recyclers - and, by extension, glass producers - through waste reduction, energy savings and increased product quality. G.R.L.-Glasrecycling in Lummen, Belgium processes glass like no one else. At the heart of its operation is a...

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