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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...

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
Resource category:
  • 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
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-25% 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Supermarket reduces food waste by selection management

K's choice ​Targeted software and methods allow a Finnish grocery store to substantially reduce food waste in all departments Thousands of euros saved by reducing food waste over only a couple of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Longer opening hours reduced food waste at Lidl Finland

​Peak planning, peak performance... Extended opening hours reduce demand fluctuations, resulting in better forecasting New system monitors demand and improves forecast-based planning and food-waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
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
Resource category:
  • 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
Resource category:
  • 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
Resource category:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Meant to be tasted, not wasted

Retailer reduces food loss with customers on-board Finnish grocery stores actively communicate to customers about their food waste management efforts, encouraging them to reduce household food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resource category:
  • Materials
  • Waste
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
Resource category:
  • 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
Resource category:
  • 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
Resource category:
  • 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
Resource category:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost