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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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Plastic part manufacturer cuts material losses by...

​A big step in the right direction Plastep implemented Lean methodology in their entire production Lean has helped them engage personnel and continuously improve their processes As a result, material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Turning whisky distillery by-products into value-added...

The spirit of enterprise  Adding value to unavoidable whisky distillery by-products Opportunities identified to reduce waste and provide a business opportunity Penderyn Whisky Distillery is situated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Adding value to surplus soft fruits on the farm

Juicy profits from waste fruit Farm converts surplus strawberries into high-value fruit syrups, transforms a loss-making resource into a  profit-making product (over € 224 100 per year) 50 % losses...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

SME drinks company identifies market for leftover fruit

Giving wonky fruit a new lease of life Options explored for reusing waste from an SME drinks company New markets identified for surplus fruit Opportunities identified for 111 tonnes of apple pomace,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia

 Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy Measures covering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Material choices in eco-design

A better 'grada' of plywood for eco-design An ecological thermos-formable plywood material is made for ecological designs Benefits of the material include a faster manufacturing process and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Good practice

Engine manufacturer combines modular product...

As good as new... or better A Finnish engine manufacturer has maximised material efficiency by combining modular product design to remanufacturing Remanufactured engines can be better than the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Remanufacturing is a growing line of business for Valtra

Guaranteed gearbox returns... Finnish tractor manufacturer has built a profitable and growing new line of business from remanufacturing tractor gearboxes A deposit at point of sale guarantees...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Textile take-back for re-use and recycling to benefit...

Right time for textile take-back Major organisations like IKEA are exploring circular economy models in their commitment to community and environment A textile take-back scheme is successfully...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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Making use of leftovers - remanufacturing in the global fashion...

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)
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

Innovative procurement strategy to embed...

Flexible working environment, flexible furnishing City council explores innovative ways to re-use and refurbish existing furniture to create a new office environment Novel approach to procuring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon