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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
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

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

Capping materials and emissions at cap manufacturer

Putting a lid on energy losses Spanish firm discovers a whole world of ways to save energy, materials and costs  Its resulting measures earn it a prize at the European Business Award for the...
Good practice

Nordic Swan ecolabel underpins Estonian print company

Remember to read the 'green print'!  Printing company with a robust eco-philosophy reeps benefits in Nordic market Natural inks, oils and recycled paper are a key part of the green printing approach...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Early engagement at design stage generates material savings

Get the specs right from the outset... and save! Assumptions about materials and processes can lead to over-specification and end up costing more Matching real requirements to specifications can save...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Lightweight glass containers in brewery

Shedding some weight New lightweight beer bottle designs prove popular with customers while saving on material costs Lightweight packaging and containers can also cut transport costs and carbon...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Biodegradable, handmade mattresses

Natural materials 'embedded' throughout! Bedding company improves its all-natural offer through involvement in pilot project Its recycling and 'take-back' scheme delivers 81 tonnes of material for...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Sustainable packaging in food and drink industry

Packaging is a major part of the food and drinks sector. As awareness grows of the need to minimise the environmental impact of packaging throughout the product life-cycle, innovative companies are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Energy efficient hand dryers

High-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers have become an industry standard today, thanks in large part to better technologies and improved performance. Modern dryers boast 10-15-second dry times and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 90% 0.5 - 2.5 Year(s)
Measure

Applying sustainability requirements to packaging suppliers

Sustainable packaging may include packaging made from recycled (e.g. paper, plastic) or bio-based materials, reusable packaging, take-back schemes, etc. In order to save resources in line with...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 15-30 % 1.2 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Production of recycled paper products

Greening the paper trail  A company providing paper, visual communication and packaging decided to improve its CSR strategy It developed an eco-analysis tool to communicate the benefits of recycled...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste