European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast

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Resource productivity in the EU grew by 20% between 2000 and 2011. And another 30% is expected by 2030, resulting in an additional 2 million jobs.

The circular economy in Europe is growing fast. Products are remanufactured, reused, repaired and recycled.

Closing the Loop – from waste to raw materials.

It’s great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

The benefits are clear: more jobs and a healthier environment.

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Unilever needs no landfills anymore

Unilever products world wide

It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach.

Since 2015, Unilever is reusing all regular waste from more than 240 factories in 67 countries worldwide. This saves the company 200 million USD. 

Unilever- multinational food and non-food – reports that they are the first industrial group of this size, avoiding landfill on this scale. It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach. Read More

Ellen MacArthur: We need to switch to the circular economy

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To reuse or recycle a material, we need to know where materials are located.

During her world tour sailing Ellen became aware how important good material management was.

At sea, good materials are the difference between life and death.

Ellen started to think about the use of raw materials in our world economy. 

Her circular economy based on the principles of cradle-to-cradlewas born.

 

 

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Stop E-waste: urban mining saves 60 billion

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Germany estimated the value of the waste that is adapted to generate energy, at sixty billion!

There’s gold in our waste. Literally.

The recovery has launched a new global industry billions. Is called the Urban Mining and it’s hot.

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E-waste as Art

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Michael Jordan’s art is famous. All from e-waste

Waste is a lack of imagination. We can win raw materials from electronic waste, but you can also recycle and upgrade it into art.

These artists show you there art from electronic waste in order for your awareness. Most of our electronics are replaced because there the market offers new stuff that’s better, more beautiful and faster.

As a consumer, you do have to ask yourself: is this product of no use any more for me? Read More

Climate Change Initiatives from Geneva 2015

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45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos

194 countries reached an agreement on climate change in Geneva last February 2015. This blog is about highlights and hundreds of initiatives from all over the world.

 

And – a global award will be given in November 2015 to the most scalable and replicable project that helps tackling climate change. Maybe yours? Read More

Plumen 001 Lightbulb uses 80% less energy

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This Plumen Lightbulb uses 80% less energy and lasts eight times longer

Help your office members to a better quality of light! The Plumen 001 is an eco-friendly and (yes!) attractive alternative to the incandescent light bulb.

This lamp uses 80% less energy and lasts eight times longer than traditional light bulbs. This design-conscious, twisty bulb screws into any standard bulb fitting—and gives off a light that’s bright and pretty, both shaded and bare. Read More

Is the Market Ready for Small-Scale BioRefinery Plants?

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The processing of the protein-free juice stream should be centralized (fermentation of C5 and C6 sugars and cellulose)

The West of the Netherlands produces annually over 200,000 tons of plant residues.

The remains of tomatoes and peppers together account for 170,000 tons.

At this moment, these residual materials now are composted.

But residual materials also have potential as a new raw material, if the chemical industries are interested. Read More

E-waste – recycling optimization

Valuable materials like copper, silver, gold etc. can be recycled from electronics like computers, cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Valuable materials like copper, silver, gold etc. can be recycled from electronics like computers, cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Sims Recycling Solutions provides the most efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible electronics reuse and recycling services possible.

Electronic waste (e-waste) can be recycled to valuable materials  like copper, silver, gold, metals and recycled plastics. 

This video showcases sophisticated shredding and separation technologies that offer unsurpassed recycling capabilities. Read More

Mexicans reduce 50% footprint recycling plastics

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Beautiful carpet from old Filippines plastic fishing nets

A new green technology has been developed to avoid water waste when recycling plastic that doesn’t require liquids, according to Mexican recycling company, AK Inovex.

The proces will be patented by Marco Adame, founder of  this great new recycling proces.  Read More

Roadmap with proven integrated and sustainable water resource approach

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Sustainable water management cycle

Water is world wide a fundamental resource challenge.

Also for California – with its very fast growing cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Water planning and management is a critical underpinning of California’s economy and environment.

This roadmap ensures an integrated and sustainable water resource approach.

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5 Easy Steps to Reduce Water in Industries

 

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Industries: decrease your water footprint

Out of 3% water water is consumed for industrial purpose. The increasing world population will also increase industrial water consumption.

Experts think of 15-20% by 2030. But we are running short of water, world wide. So what can industries do to reduce their water consumption? Read More

Tokyo nr. 1, water stressed cities of the world

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Nr. 1 water stressed metropool Tokyo. Picture of the Skyline of Tokyo, with Mount Fuji in the backyard

Want to know which cities suffer from water stress? The Nature Conservancy has published a list of the top 20 of cities with water stress.

Over 500 cities around the world were investigated. In (big) cities like Tokyo, Shanghai and LA, a large number of people in a relatively small area puts a lot of pressure on water supplies, especially during times of drought.  Read More

Sao Paolo upgrades a water treatment plant for industrial reuse of water

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Sao Paolo waste water treatment plant

The Aquapolo project was initiated to address new government regulations to restrict industrial use of potable water in São Paulo.

Aquapolo will supply the Capuava Petrochemical Complex of Mauá, located in São Paulo’s ABC region, thereby conserving enough drinking water to continuously supply a population of 300,000 people. Read More

The costs of water – video with Philippe Joubert

Philippe Joubert, Senior Advisor, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Johann Clere, Global Director, Veolia Water are talking about the true cost of water.

 

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Is the Melbourne water infrastructure example for Sao Paulo?

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The West Werribee project will provide high quality recycled water to 20,000 homes when complete in 2014

A record $182.2 million has been invested by City West Water in vital water infrastructure in theMelbourne (Australia) in the 2012-13 financial year. 

Total water purchased for the year was 103.2 billion litres, with average residential consumption per customer remaining relatively low at 157 litres of water per person. Is Melbourne an example for Sao Paulo Brazil? Read More

Cities Loose Water From Failing Infrastructure

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It’s time cities fix their water leaks

It’s time cities fix their water leaks. Water loss from failing infrastructure, faulty metering and flat-out theft costs money, and often means lost revenue for utilities and higher rates for consumers. Between 1996 and 2010, the cost of water services in the U.S. rose by nearly 90 percent! Read More

Water storage in cities

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Rotterdam car-park, which doubles as one of the Netherlands’ largest underground water storage facilities, capable of holding 10 million liters

The construction of additional water storage facilities and water plazas, and the provision of incentives for green roofs, all help to preserve the optimal quality of life in the city despite the drastic climate change. Read More