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Caroline Beelen, Community Manager GO!-NH at GO!-NH, posted

Innovatiefestival Noord-Holland

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Op 27 oktober organiseert de provincie Noord-Holland het Innovatiefestival Noord-Holland! 

Het belooft een inspirerende dag te worden met onder andere: 

  • een keynote van Werner Schouten (directeur Impact Economy Foundation). 
  • een panelgesprek met Ilse Zaal, gedeputeerde van de provincie Noord-Holland voor Economie, inclusief onderwijs en arbeidsmarkt, Landbouw en visserij, Dierenwelzijn, Bestuur, Europa, Recreatie en Toerisme, Sponsoring.
  • ondertekening Waterstof Convenant met Jeroen Olthof, gedeputeerde van de provincie Noord-Holland voor Mobiliteit en Bereikbaarheid, Leefbaarheid, Gezondheid en Milieu, en Luchtvaart en Schiphol.
  • de presentatie van 25 duurzame ondernemers van GO!-NH met Rosan Kocken, gedeputeerde van de provincie Noord-Holland voor Financiën, Circulaire economie, Zeehavens, Sport, Cultuur en erfgoed.
  • De bekendmaking van de Noord-Hollandse Circulaire Innovatie Top 20
  • Tijdens de plenaire sessie staan de urgente, complexe en ingrijpende transitieopgaven centraal en hoe ondernemers met hun duurzame innovaties het verschil (willen) maken. We gaan in gesprek met:
    • Eva Gouwens (CEO, Fairphone)
    • Melle Schellekens (Creative Captain, The Good Roll)
    • Carrie Howe (CEO, 3DTI).

Wil jij je ook onderdompelen in alles wat met innovatie te maken heeft? Meld je dan nu aan voor het Innovatiefestival via Innovatiefestivalnh.nl/

Caroline Beelen's picture Meet-up on Oct 27th
Jasmyn Mazloum, Communicatie at Gemeente Almere, posted

Upcyclecentrum zoekt circulair ondernemers!

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Upcyclecentrum zoekt circulair ondernemers!

Het Upcyclecentrum bestaat uit drie onderdelen: een recyclingperron, het belevingscentrum en drie ondernemingen die circulaire producten ontwikkelen. Op het recyclingperron worden reststromen ingeleverd die de ondernemers mogen gebruiken als grondstoffen voor nieuwe producten! Nu zijn er in het Upcyclecentrum twee plekken vrij in het circulaire ontwikkelprogramma, voor bevlogen ondernemers met een circulair product of business concept.
 
Lijkt het jou interessant om de reststromen van het recyclingperron in te zetten als grondstoffen voor jouw onderneming? Dan is dat een mooie kans! Gedurende 2 jaar ga je aan de slag met een nieuw product, concept of business model. Hierin krijg je begeleiding door middel van een ontwikkelprogramma. Daarnaast krijg je de beschikking over een eigen ruimte van 35m2 waarin je kunt experimenteren of exposeren.
 
Voel jij je aangesproken of ken je een ondernemer? De deadline is 15 oktober! Lees er meer over of stuur ons jouw businessplan toe via almere.nl/upcyclergezocht

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NEMO Science Museum, posted

Stand up comedy - Comedy for Climate - 10 november 2022

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Comedy for climate

Klimaatopwarming is niet het meest grappige onderwerp. Toch proberen we daar door middel van een stand-up comedy avond voor één keer verandering in te brengen. Waarbij we lachen om onszelf en het klimaat. Met alleen een microfoon zetten de comedians van Het Comedyhuis zware klimaatonderwerpen om in luchtige grappen. Een lekker avondje lachen dus. Want lachen is gezond! Om daarna met goede moed en op volle kracht te werken aan de oplossing.

Locatie & tijd

De comedy avond start om 20.00 uur en duurt ongeveer 1,5 uur. Voorafgaand aan het programma kun je vanaf 19.00 uur de tentoonstelling Energy Junkies bezoeken.

De Studio van NEMO is een extra locatie van NEMO Science Museum op het Marineterrein in Amsterdam. De programmering is speciaal voor volwassenen.

Foto: Pixabay

NEMO Science Museum's picture Meet-up on Nov 10th
Isarah Teunissen, Opening doors to meaningful jobs in sustainability at Greenjobs, posted

Clean-Up Westerpark

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Hi Impactmakers!

Do you want to end the week off feeling satisfied? Then come join the monthly Greenjobs.nl cleanup in Westerpark at 15:00 - 17:00.

The sustainable jobboard of The Netherlands Greenjobs.nl has been organizing monthly clean-ups around Amsterdam to leave the city cleaner than we found it. Every month we find similar amount of trash on the streets as well as in the park (including Redbull cans, Coca Cola bottles, cigarettes and much more...). Do you want to contribute to a cleaner city? Then you are welcome to join Team Greenjobs on the 26th of August. We will provide the necessary equipment for you.

Do you want to join? Great! Please let us know via info@greenjobs.nl so that we can make sure we have enough equipment.

Meeting spot: in front of Conscious Hotels at 15:00 on the 26th of August.

See you there!

Meet-up on Aug 26th
Francesco Quaglia, Master degree systemic design (Politecnico Torino); degree in architecture (Politecnico Torino) , posted

Systemic design job

Hello everyone, my name is Francesco Quaglia and I recently graduated in system design at the Polytechnic of Turin.
I am looking for a job that will allow me to broaden my experience in the field of sustainable design.
Do you have some opportunities to share?
I enclose my latest projects carried out in the university.
Thanks for your attention, bye bye. :)

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Claudia Cuypers, posted

Regenerative Round Tables

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Recent is er vanuit het Centre of Economic Transformation
van de HvA een onderzoek gestart naar regeneratieve businessmodellen. Graag nodigen we bedrijven die (stappen zetten naar) regeneratief ondernemen
uit voor een ronde-tafel-bijeenkomst, waarbij we o.a. willen onderzoeken welke
vraagstukken en drempels er zijn om regeneratief te ondernemen –
natuurlijk met als doel om versnelling aan te brengen in deze manier van
werken.

 De ‘Regenerative Round Tables’ vinden plaats op donderdag 9
juni van 14.00-17.00 op de HvA Business Campus (Fraijlemaborg 133, Amsterdam).
We gaan in gesprek met regeneratieve ondernemers in de textiel,
landbouw/biodiversiteit, de bouw en de maak- en verpakkingsindustrie.

Meet-up on Jun 9th
Rene visser, External Affairs , posted

Meld je aan voor de 5G Hub Innovation Challenge 'the Sustainability edition'

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Help je mee om de wereld mooier te maken? Doe dan samen met ons mee aan de 5G Hub Innovation Challenge #sustainability editie. Je kan je aanmelden tot 25 april!

Na de selectieronde is er voor iedereen de mogelijkheid om persoonlijk in gesprek te gaan voor advies. Voor de winnaars hebben we dankzij onze fantastische partners met inspirerende juryleden hele mooie prijzen. Deze zullen later bekend worden gemaakt. Uiteraard zorgen wij ervoor dat de meest aansprekende #innovatie een volgende stap kan zetten in de markt.

Wil je meer informatie check de website: https://5ghub.nl/nl/5g-hub-innovation-challenge/ of stuur me een bericht. Uiteraard kan je je ook direct aanmelden via de website.

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Jasmyn Mazloum, Communicatie at Gemeente Almere, posted

WEEK VAN DE CIRCULAIRE ECONOMIE | Groen en gezond Almere

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Van 7 tot 12 februari 2022 staat heel het land in het thema van de Circulaire Economie. Ook in Almere gebeurt er veel op het gebied van circulaire economie. Dit willen we graag laten zien. Daarom hebben we een speciaal Almeers programma opgesteld voor de week van de Circulaire Economie. Zo kun je op online expeditie door het Upcyclecentrum en tijdens onze talkshow in een vogelvlucht mee langs een aantal belangrijke circulaire projecten. Ga met ons Praktijk- en Innovatie Centrum Circulaire Economie (PRICE) in gesprek over het belang van Circulaire hubs of bewandel onze kunstroute op de Steiger.

Nieuwsgierig geworden? Bekijk de activiteiten én meld je aan via onze website of volg ons op Social media, bijvoorbeeld op Linked In en Instagram.

Jasmyn Mazloum's picture Meet-up from Feb 7th to Feb 11th
Christoph Soukup, Circular Economy for SME's & cities at Circular Economy Club, posted

Circular City Challenge Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna

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The Circular City Challenge calls on innovators of the Circular Economy to find answers to the challenges of the transformation to a circular urban system.

To do so, @CircularBerlin, @CircularMunich, @materialkreislauf. und #circonnact  are going on a joint search for circular and innovative approaches to advance the Circular Economy in cities and to explore and implement promising solutions together.

Do you feel like this post was written for you? Are you working on an innovative solution that can support the transformation of cities to the Circular Economy?

Do you want to join a network full of innovators who share the same visions and interests? Do you want a real-lab where you can adapt your circular-enabled solutions as close to existing needs as possible?

Then we look forward to receiving your application for the Circular City Challenge!

By participating in the Circular City Challenge, you will advance both your own project and your local Circular Economy!

Through joining the challenge you will get  a unique chance to demonstrate the potential of your work directly to local stakeholders  within the Circular Economy. You will have the opportunity to interact with representatives of the cities to enable you to tailor your solution to the existing needs of the city.  On top of this, you will  benefit from the network of our established partners, which will contribute to and increase the reach and visibility of  your project.

For this,  your project should address at least one of the four key challenges of the Circular City Challenge: Resource Management, Digital Technologies, System Infrastructure and Consumption &  Awareness. We are looking for innovators who are motivated to help shape the local transition to a Circular Economy, be it local organisations, entrepreneurs or companies.

Did we pique your interest and now you want to be part of the Circular CIty Challenge? Then visit the Circular City Challenge website https://circular-city-challenge.com/ for more information on how to apply and to fill out the application form.

The application starts from 01.02. and runs through 31.03.22

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Caroline Beelen, Community Manager GO!-NH at GO!-NH, posted

GO!-NH Masterclass Innovatieversneller voor bedrijven

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Een intensieve en hands-on workshop waarin de mindset, skillset en toolset wordt geleerd van het versneld innoveren.

Er wordt ingegaan op de theorie van “Lean Start-Up” en gaan we verschillende waardeproposities opstellen, waarmee inzicht verkregen wordt in de unieke en onderscheidende factoren van jouw innovatie.

We gebruiken een gestructureerd proces en 'best practices' uit de markt en uit jullie eigen praktijk; om zo de risico’s aanzienlijk te verminderen en de kans op succes te vergroten.

Aansluitend op de werksessie maak je kennis met het GO!-NH programma en ondernemers (oud deelnemers van GO!-NH) die met baanbrekende innovaties en vernieuwende businessmodellen de markt veroveren. Zij vertellen over hun ervaringen, leermomenten en successen van hun innovaties en ondernemingen.

Tijdens de Masterclasses en introductiebijeenkomsten kom je meer te weten over GO!-NH en leer je wat de verschillen tussen de 3 programma’s (Accelerator, Growth en Scale). Vaak zijn de bijeenkomsten aansluitend aan één van onze masterclasses of events.

Aanmelden via de website van GO!-NH: https://go-nh.nl/agenda/

Caroline Beelen's picture Masterclass / workshop on Jan 20th
Caroline Oort, posted

Transform Single-use Waste Plastic into Valuable Products

On Thursday, November 4, 2021 you are most welcome to join the webinar about TRANSFORM-CE in English. The project team will then tell you what it is looking for and provide examples of business support opportunities.

Opportunity for your business?
Interreg NW Europe funded project, TRANSFORM-CE, launches the first in its informative webinar series on turning single-use plastic waste into valuable new products. It will introduce two innovative technologies, additive manufacturing and intrusion-extrusion moulding, which are facilitating the transformation of this common waste stream into the feedstock for countless applications, from roof tiles and decking to architectural models and 3D printed components.  This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses, manufacturers and government authorities interested in learning more about TRANSFORM-CE and the potential benefits of transitioning to a circular economy business model. The project partners also welcome designers, creatives and members of the public who are interested in exploring the potential of single use plastic waste.

New technologies for a circular economy of plastic?
TRANSFORM-CE is currently running two pilots to turn single-use plastic waste into raw plastic feedstock: an AM R&D centre in Greater Manchester (United Kingdom) and an IEM plastic factory in Almere (The Netherlands). A third AM facility, a prototyping centre, will open early 2022 in Belgium. Work has already begun, using the feedstock to manufacture products like outdoor furniture, building materials and even houses. Once the technology is scaled up, TRANSFORM-CE’s partners will have the potential to develop circular economy business models and stimulate new secondary material markets across North West Europe and beyond. Waste plastic can be re-purposed and revalued.

Who will speak?
• Rhiannon Hunt: Circular Economy Project Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
• Bram Peters: Owner of the Green Plastic Factory Almere and Save Plastics, the Netherlands.
• Malou van der Vegt: Researcher and Lecturer in the Circular Economy at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.
• Evert-Jan Velzing: Scientist and Lecturer at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.

David Greenfield will be the facilitator of the webinar. He is managing director and founder of SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd.

What will be preliminary programme?
14:00 Opening address and introduction to TRANSFORM-CE
14:05 Transforming single-use plastic waste into filament for additive manufacturing
14:15 Creating new products from single-use plastic waste using intrusion-extrusion
moulding
14:25 The business case for adopting circular economy solutions
14:45 Be a part of TRANSFORM-CE; opportunities for businesses
15:00 Q&A

Online event on Nov 4th
Camille Janssen, Sustainability Consultant , posted

Circular Week 2021 Partnership Event: Circularity in the Startup Nation

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How does Israel pave its way to circularity? Which actions are taken to accelerate the transition to a circular economy?

During this event, we will discuss the value of innovation and collaboration on the path towards a circular economy in Israel together with key figures in the circular economy and startup ecosystem. Next to that, we will present the first Israeli Circular aInnovation competition as a way for you to connect with industry leaders in Israel and help us accelerate the transition to circularity.

The event is a partnership event of Circular Week 2021: https://circularweek.org/.

Program
Welcome by Avi Blau, Director of Afeka Institute of Circular Engineering & Economy (AICEE)
16:00 – 16:10: Dr. Arik Ryvkin, Director of FoodTech and Circular Economy in the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry
16:10-16:20: Ari Siegmann, head of business development. Israel Innovation Authority
16:20 – 16:30: Rachel Barr, Vice President Sustainability UBQ Materials
16:30 – 16:40: Mino Negrin, CEO NUFiltration
16:40 – 16:50: Presentation of America Israel chamber of commerce Circular Economy Forum, and the first Israeli Circular Innovation Competition. Avi Blau & Camille Janssen
16:50– 17:00: Q&A

UBQ Materials
UBQ Materials has developed a conversion technology that transforms household waste into green thermoplastic material. The patented bio-based material can substitute for oil-based plastics in the production of thousands of everyday products.

NUFiltration
NUFiltration designs, manufactures, and distributes water and wastewater treatment systems based on its patented NUF technology. The technology enables the reuse of medical filtration devices in the field of water treatment.

The Circular Innovation Competition
As part of the AMCHAM Israel Circular Economy forum, the competition was launched that includes 24 challenges of leading companies.

https://www.circularsolutions.co.il/challenge-overview

Camille Janssen's picture Online event on Oct 12th
Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

CIRCO | Call for partners

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Impact Hub Amsterdam is officieel CIRCO Hub van Noord-Holland. Dit betekent dat wij CIRCO Tracks voor MKB’ers gaan organiseren om innovatie binnen diverse circulaire thema’s te versnellen.

Heb jij een suggestie voor een goed thema of onderwerp? Dan komen we graag met jou in contact! Denk aan producten in bijvoorbeeld sectoren als bouw, textiel, plastics en voedsel.

Wil jij voor jouw bedrijf en/of branche een stappenplan en nieuwe visie omtrent circulaire ondernemingskansen ontwikkelen? Neem contact op.

Meer informatie over CIRCO en contactgegevens vind je op onze website > https://bit.ly/CIRCOhub

Circo Hub Noord-Holland is een initiatief van Impact Hub Amsterdam, Circulair WestNoorderwind en Natuur en Milieufederatie Noord-Holland.

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Camille Janssen, Sustainability Consultant , posted

Students for a Circular Economy

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Let's tackle the most urgent challenges, together. On the 12th of August, we will bring together students from over the world from different domains to exchange knowledge, form teams and tackle circular economy challenges. This can be the opportunity for young individuals who want to use their skills for good to connect with leading companies and make a direct impact.

Looking for solutions.
Can you help Unilever create an operational model for the reuse of packaging? Do you have what it takes to help P&G reduce the environmental contribution of local product
customization? Can you help find Intel industrial symbiosis solutions for specific waste streams? These are just three of the 24 challenges that are part of the Circular Innovation Competition that are looking for a solution.

Explore all challenges at: circularsolutions.co.il

The Circular Innovation Competition.
The competition is open to anyone of any nationality above the age of eighteen - scientists, entrepreneurs, students, intrapreneurs, and other people with ideas. In short, we invite all types of innovators to submit a solution to the circularity challenges of the participating companies. Ten finalists will be selected by our jury, amongst them the President of Philips Israel and the Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners together with the challenge providers. Three winners will be declared, who will win up to 2.500 EUR together with the chance to participate in Afeka’s accelerator program for team members of the first two selected members.

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Anonymous posted

Ready to meet the winners of the No Wast Challenge and their ground-breaking ideas?

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Ready to meet the winners of the WDCD No Waste Challenge? Earlier this evening, a total of 16 ground-breaking ideas were selected for the top prize, representing a wide range of strategies for reducing waste and its impact on the planet. Each winning team will now gain access to €10.000 in funding and an extensive development programme designed to launch their ideas into action.

“The quality and range of entries we’ve seen in this Challenge is remarkable,” comments Richard van der Laken, co-founder and creative director of What Design Can Do. “In a turbulent year, it’s particularly inspiring to see that the creative community is willing and able to break away from decades of linear thinking and bad design. I’m hopeful that others in the industry will follow their lead.”

Revolutionizing the the taking and making
The winners were determined by an international jury who reviewed every project from a list of 85 high-potential nominees.  Among the ideas to take home the top prize are solutions that focus on the production process – aiming to revolutionise the taking and making of all the things we use and eat. Sustrato (Mexico), for example, combines traditional craft, contemporary design and waste from the pineapple industry to develop a range of sustainable bioplastics. Modern Synthesis (UK) makes use of a similar waste stream, this time from apple farms, to feed microbes that grow fully circular fibers for the fashion industry.

Adressing the underlying problem of consumerism
Meanwhile, other winners are unified by their desire to uproot entire value systems. These projects are looking to prevent waste by addressing the underlying problem of consumerism. Reparar.org (Argentina) for example, is a service which connects individuals to local cobblers and repair shops, working to promote a culture of care and the right-to-repair. Similarly, Project R (Japan), is a community centre that empowers citizens to learn about circular techniques and lifestyles. Together, these winners suggest inventive ways for us to reconcile what we want with what the planet needs. In doing so, they also help to redefine design as a tool that can be restorative and regenerative, instead of merely productive or destructive. Congratulations to all!

ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

What Design Can Do and IKEA Foundation launched the No Waste Challenge in January 2021, calling for bold solutions to address the enormous impact of waste on climate change. The competition was open to innovators everywhere, and offered three design briefs tackling different aspects of our take-make-waste economy. In April, the open call ended with an exceptional 1409 submissions from creatives in more than 100 countries. As part of the No Waste Challenge award package, sixteen winners will now enter a development programme co-created by Impact Hub, which will propel their projects through 2022.

Learn more about the No Waste Challenge at: nowaste.whatdesigncando.com

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Alternatieven voor Single Use Plastic en Plastic Verpakkingen

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Plastic verpakkingen, welke alternatieven en innovatieve oplossingen zijn er?

Om het toepassen van nieuwe innovatieve en duurzame oplossingen te bevorderen koppelen ABN AmroImpact Hub Amsterdam en TNW innovaties aan bedrijven tijdens het Impact Nation programma. Op 26 augustus doen we dit live bij CIRCL met verschillende experts op het gebied van plastic en verpakking. Tijdens het evenement behandelen we drie strategieën om met het plastic probleem om te gaan en bijbehorende innovaties:

1. Minder plastic: zoals ontwerpstrategieën die minder plastic materiaal vereisen
2. Beter plastic: ontworpen voor hergebruik inclusief retourlogistiek
3. Geen plastic: biobased of andere alternatieve materialen, verpakking weglaten.

Programma:
15:00 Welkomstwoord en introductie door Impact Nation
15:05 ABN Sector Banker David Kemps: B2B plastic
15:10 ABN Sector Banker Retail Henk Hofstede: B2C plastic
15:15 Expert presentatie: Minder plastic
15:30 Expert presentatie: Beter plastic.
15:45 Expert presentatie: Geen plastic.
16:00 Einde virtueel event.
16:00 Q&A met sprekers en publiek bij CIRCL.
16:30 borrel bij CIRCL

Sprekers
Minder plastic: Tim Brekers, Vytal
Beter plastic: Liz Madaras, PoliLoop
Geen plastic: Jan Berbee, Grown Bio

Voor wie:

  • MKB
  • Startups
  • Experts uit de plastic industrie.

Waarom meedoen?
Er zijn 8,5 miljard stuks plastics in de wereld, dat is 1000 kilo per inwoner. En er overlijden 1 miljoen mensen per jaar door gevolgen van plastic. Voor de toekomst is het nodig dat we met elkaar blijven werken aan slim ontwerp, hergebruik, retoursystemen en hoogwaardige recycling.

Locatie
Dit evenement vindt zowel online als offline plaats. Wilt u het event virtueel bijwonen? Kies dan voor het ticket Online bijwonen in de check-out. Daarnaast zijn er 50 regular tickets (Live bij CIRCL) beschikbaar om het event bij te wonen op locatie bij CIRCL, in Amsterdam.

Partners:
Dit evenement is een samenwerking tussen Impact Hub en CIRCL.

Note van ASC: Wil je net iets meer weten? Laat het weten in de comments.

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Camille Janssen, Sustainability Consultant , posted

Over 24 circular economy challenges of leading companies are looking for your solution.

We have carefully formulated the circular economy challenges of Israel’s leading companies. Now, it is time to work together to come up with solutions to stimulate the transition from a linear to a circular economy, in the first Circular Innovation Competition in Israel.

The competition is open to anyone of any nationality above the age of eighteen - scientists, entrepreneurs, students, intrapreneurs. In short, we invite all types of innovators to submit a solution to the circularity challenges of the participating companies.

Explore all challenges

Ten finalists will be selected by our jury, amongst them the President of Philips Israel and the Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners together with the challenge providers. Three winners will be declared, who will win up to 2500 EUR/10.000 NIS together.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Camille Janssen, Sustainability Consultant , posted

Learn more about the Circular Innovation Competition with Unilever, Intel and Dow.

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The Circular Innovation Competition is the place for innovators to tackle the circular economy challenges of HP Indigo, Intel, Unilever, Toyota and many more. The competition is created to collaboratively push the boundaries of what is possible and stimulate the transition to a circular economy in Israel and beyond. We are now looking for individuals who want to go on this journey with us.

The challenges
In the past months, we have worked to carefully identify and formulate over 25 circular economy challenges of 13 challenge providers. The solutions for those challenges require innovation and collective effort, therefore, we are offering all innovators the chance to think along and submit solutions to actively shape our future together.

Challenges can be submitted until August 31st, 2021. The three winning solutions will win up to 2500 euro.

Next up: talks with challenge providers
Can you help Unilever find a solution for its challenge on products as a service? Do you have what it takes to tackle Intel’s challenge on expired material? Can you help Dow with a solution to turn mixed plastic waste back into reusable circular feedstock?

Register and join us on the 29th of June and learn all you need to know to tackle the challenges of Intel, Dow and Unilever.

Note from ASC: Have a question for Camille? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Tessa Steenkamp, Spatial Interaction Designer , posted

Stem op De Buitenkans: van grofvuil tot spullen-ruil!

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De Buitenkans ordent grofvuilstapels, en beschermt spullen tegen de regen. Bewoners kunnen er hun spullen sorteren, tentoonstellen en onderling uitwisselen, voordat deze worden afgevoerd.

Ontwerpprobleem

Op de stoepen van Amsterdam Noord ligt altijd grofvuil. Dit wordt vaak gezien als gedragsprobleem, maar eigenlijk is het meer een ontwerpprobleem. Lokaal eigenaarschap kan namelijk wel: overal staan ruil-boekenkasten, vaak beheerd door bewoners. Hier en daar staat zelfs een rek met gratis mee te nemen kleren, of wordt een bushokje gebruikt om spullen uit te stallen.

Met De Buitenkans passen we dit idee toe op grofvuil ophaalpunten. Bewoners kunnen er spullen sorteren en beschermd uitstallen. De spullen behouden zo langer hun waarde, en worden makkelijker weer meegenomen door buren.

Net als de normale grofvuillocatie wordt De Buitenkans iedere maand geleegd. In de tussentijd worden er spullen en materialen geruild. Bekijk deze korte video, waarin we het concept verder toelichten.

Boost je buurt!

De Buitenkans staat nu in de finale van ‘Boost je Buurt’. Met jou stem kunnen we max €7.500 winnen. Daarmee willen we een prototype bouwen, zodat we kunnen testen of het werkt.

Stem op De Buitenkans - en bouw mee aan een circulaire buurteconomie!
Je kunt t/m 16 juni, 12:00 stemmen.

Note van ASC: Nog input of tips voor Tessa? Laat ze achter in de comments 💬

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Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

How plastics became a perfect example of the take-make-waste economy

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Every year, more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide, half of which are for single use. Only 10% of all plastics are made from recycled material. Their production contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste threats our health.

It could have been otherwise, and it still can as plastics are versatile materials which can be valuable parts of a circular economy.

Unilever leads the way in integrating plastics in a circular economy. Better late than never. The company currently produces 700,000 tons of plastic packaging and it intends reducing this massive quantity by a not-very impressive 100,000 tons in 2025. Moreover, the company wants that all its plastic packaging becomes recyclable, compostable of reusable, and that at least 25% recycled plastic is used in the production of new plastic.

Easier said than done

Recycling is easier said than done. Preventing plastics from entering nature requires a labor-intensive and costly system for collecting and separating waste and technology for high-quality recycling of the collected plastic waste. New machines limit this unattractive work thanks to artificial intelligence. They are able to separate 20 different types of plastics. But consumers must be willing to collect used plastics first.

One of the biggest hurdles in recycling plastics is its pollution, for instance because of added dyes. The Dutch company Ioniqa (now part of Unilever) can chemically reduce PET waste to virgin PET. Large plastic users like Coca-Cola intent to co-operate with Ioniqa. This video shows how chemical recycling works.

Reusable high-quality products

If plastic had been designed for a circular economy from the start, the emphasis would undoubtedly have been on reusable high-quality products, in combination with substantial deposits. Together with Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé, Unilever has joined Loop, a platform that develops refillable packaging. Supermarkets that deliver products at home can easily include them in their range. This video shows how the system works.

The ultimate solution

What about using sustainable raw materials like biomass? Unfortunately, biomass from reliable sources is becoming increasingly scarce. Moreover, most bio-based plastics are not biodegradable. If they end up in litter, the effects are as harmful as those of other plastics. Some types of biobased plastics are compostable and might be thrown in the green waste. However, expecting consumers to be able to discern which are and which are not is too much to ask.

Biologically degradable plastics are the ultimate solution. These are biobased materials, which are safely broken down in nature in short time. PHA for example. Unfortunately, years of research have not yet resulted in any viable application.

Ban some types of plastic

A recently opened pilot factory in Almere that cycles plastic waste that otherwise would be burned is a promising step. However, the collection of plastic waste is still inadequate, and a large proportion ends up in nature as visual litter and returns to our food chain as toxic plastic soup. This applies in particular to plastic bags, cups, trays for snacks and soft drinks bottles without a deposit. A ban seems to be the only way-out awaiting a solid system of reuse based on substantial deposits and an advanced system of waste collection and separation and subsequent high-level reuse.

I will regularly share with you ‘snapshots’ of the challenges of us, earthlings, to bring social and ecological cities closer using technology if helpful. These posts represent findings, updates, and supplements of my e-book Humane cities. Always humane. Smart if helpful. The English version of this book can be downloaded for free below.

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