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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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Family-run bakery's investment in waste recycling

Invest now, save for decades! Benefits of waste recycling go beyond simply reducing waste It also decreases the amount of raw materials used and this saves money and helps the environment Every day...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 100% 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Reusable packaging, returning customers

At least 20 uses... A Finnish company provides reusable packaging for online stores The innovative circular economy business model has led to several awards For customers, advantages include short...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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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
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Collaborative workplace is inspirational and sustainable

Inspired ideas... green results! Public health body creates a unique workplace, embedding sustainability as a core principle Innovative approach to procuring re-used, remanufactured office equipment...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
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

Big savings by optimising waste management and reducing...

More than a pebble story... Joint waste-sorting and resource conservation efforts yields good results for the company, environment and staff Material losses reduced by 264 tonnes (saving € 53 000 a ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 0.6 Year(s)
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Re-used and re-manufactured office furniture

Foresight for office furniture ... who would have thought! Foresighted procurement ensured successful bidders could not only new office furniture but solutions for re-using items Total project C02 ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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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
Good practice

Electrical reuse service

A wee scheme with big impacts Smart scheme diverts waste electrical and electronic equipment for re-use In this example, 5 tonnes of WEEE were diverted, saving € 15 500 and 109 tonnes of CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Material audit improved reuse of residue fibres

Weaving savings from non-wovens Expert audit reveals ways to improve processes and better use waste materials Annual material savings of around 3 % of net revenue Suominen Kuitukankaat Oy is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 3%
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Reusable materials tackle waste in food production

Upstream solution to a downstream waste problem Raw materials supplied in large returnable containers Recuced waste by 4 tonnes per year Handling time and workload reduced  Marie is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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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