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EREK database of resource efficiency

Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Making use of leftovers - remanufacturing in the global fashion industry

Pre-consumer textile waste in the cloth manufacturing sector is currently estimated at around 20 %. However, research suggests this figure could be much higher if all cutting scraps, production...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Technology

Enzymes for finishing cotton fabrics

Resource-friendly fabric finish Biopolishing is a textile finishing process using cellulase enzymes to modify the surface of cotton fabrics. Pilling (lint balls on the fabric) is reduced, colour...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-25% 0 Year(s)
Technology

Enzymatic treatments in textile wet processing

The wet processing of textiles is energy and water intensive, as well as requiring the use of numerous chemicals. Wet processing steps, depending on the textile product, can include sizing, desizing...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Improving fabric use in clothing production

Fabric utilisation depends directly on marker efficiency. Markers are usually paper consumables showing the outlines of the pattern for making cutting and making clothes. CAD design tools are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Sustainable procurement to deliver sustainable housing

The right stuff ... partners in affordable housing Cardiff Council sought the right partners to build affordable and sustainable housing that delivers benefits to the economy and community Expert...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Surplus food redistribution

Food redistribution is where surplus items, which would otherwise end up as waste, are made available for other uses and consumption. Companies, charities and individuals can all benefit from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Recycled and repurposed rubber materials save money

Welcome ... to recycled rubber mats Welcome mats using recycled rubber, as good as new but 10-15 % cheaper to make Circular economy player before the notion existed The Belgian firm Verimpex has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-15%
Good practice

3D printing for next-generation eye-wear

Eyeing off the future in glasses Inspiration led to eye-wear frames made in metal and plastic using 3D printing  Unique and tailored designs are possible Unprecedented material efficiency; almost no...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

New yarns from discarded fishing nets

Collaborative solution to ghost fishing ... Collaborative programme for gathering and recycling old nylon fishing nets makes a business case for saving vulnerable marine environments  80 387...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

SOUL, sustainable packaging for eggs

Heart and soul of green packaging Packaging specialist worried about large volumes of sludge containing reusable fibres New egg carton design leads to reduced waste and annual savings of € 20 000...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Saving materials and waste through battery remanufacturing

Lithium-ion batteries get a second life Battery-maker investigates the cost and benefits of different remanufacturing scenarios Conclusion: remanufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is technically and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste