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Working together for a more sustainable Europe #4

We are always inspired to read about other projects that address sustainability and the 3Rs: Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle materials!

We have recently discovered three new interesting LIFE projects that focus on tackling critical issues such as food waste, sustainable clothing production and consumption and how to boost bottle re-use in the wine sector. Although they focus on three different topics the main and most important aspect is that they address sustainable resource management. Here they are:

LIFE-Food.Waste.StandUp (LIFE15 GIE/IT/000887)

This project is an awareness-raising campaign for food waste prevention and surplus food management. Unlike other initiatives that tackle this problem, the Food Waste Stand Up tries to draw attention to the different actors along the food supply chain and not only on the consumer side. More specifically the main objective is to raise awareness of surplus food management and food waste prevention among three key actors: the agro-food companies, food retailers and consumers. LIFE-Food.Waste.StandUp proposes anti-waste, cross cutting initiatives to address also this side of the problem.

Although their focal working point is in Italy the initiative wishes to have a Europe wide impact by disseminating information, strengthening awareness and knowledge and supporting strategies and incentives that tackle food waste. Read more about them here: ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.dspPage&n_proj_id=5825

LIFE ECAP - European Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (LIFE14 ENV/UK/000257)

Did you ever think about the impact of clothes, from production point to becoming waste? A report for the EU27 in 2009 revealed that 9.387 billion tonnes of textiles waste are either landfilled or incinerated. In the UK, textiles disposal is the highest by tonnage across the current EU28 countries. The global carbon footprint of UK clothing consumption alone is 38 million tonnes, or 1.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per household. Extrapolated across the EU, this is around 317 million tonnes of CO2 eq. This is why LIFE ECAP is pushing for a circular approach in the clothing industry, having several targets which will ideally divert 90 000 tonnes/year of clothing from landfill and incineration across Europe by March 2018, and deliver a more resource efficient clothing sector.

The project will achieve its aim by developing a sectorial approach, based on the principles of the proven UK Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), to provide an EU-wide framework to encourage circular business thinking and economic growth. Read more about the European Sustainable Clothing Action Plan here: www.ecap.eu.com/

LIFE-reWINE (LIFE15 ENV/ES/000437)

Although the name might trigger different thoughts reWine is a project that wants to boost bottle re-use in the wine sector of Catalonia. This initiative came after the conclusion that glass beverage waste, especially wine and Cava bottles, are not recycled enough. The region produces 180 million wine bottles and 200 million Cava bottles annually, but only 57% of this amount is recycled. Every year 63.3 million bottles are sent to landfill. The project is engaging a wide range of stakeholders, from wineries to recycling centres and restaurants, and will make use of existing management and technologic alternatives aiming to design and implement a system that will boost re-using glass bottles.

What’s more they will be at our final LIFE International Conference and EWWR Awards Ceremony in Barcelona, in 18 May, organising an interesting workshop where experts from three European countries will discuss about their experiences in the wine sector. Read more about reWine here: www.rewine.cat/ See you in Barcelona!

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