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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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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

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

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

Ecodesigned fume cupboards save materials and costs

Safer labs, better environment! Lab specialist uses LCA and ecodesign principles to improve its production efficiency Analysis showed where material savings could be made and parts removed to cut...
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

Kivikko seat: sustainable, efficient design

Eco-elegance, by design... At Isku, responsible design means taking into account the environment in a product's whole life cycle The award-winning Kivikko seat is a prime eco-design example Isku is a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
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

Better building information modelling for material savings

More bam from your BIM! Building company introduces and extends its use of BIM to streamline processes and save Expected material cost savings of up to 15 % through integrated information control ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.2 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