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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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Waterless urinals

The best solution to reduce water consumption for urinal flushing is to install waterless urinals. They operate using chemical-impregnated plastic pads, or a spring-loaded trap and a floating layer...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 - 3 Year(s)
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

Bioethanol and animal feed from bread spill of grocery stores

Bread salvagers Bread surplus from a Finnish grocery trading cooperative is used to produce bioethanol and animal feed Leftovers are collected from over 50 stores and bakeries in and around Helsinki...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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

Priorities in managing food waste

Retailers should set a list of priorities to optimise how they manage food waste. The highest priority should be to sell to the customer before the use-by date, but sometimes this is not possible or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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
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

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
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Preventing spoilage and waste in the food retail sector

Food retailers tread a fine line when it comes to having enough stock to satisfy their customers but keeping spoilage and waste to a minimum. Some best practices can help retailers prevent food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low 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