Many of our products contain copper which is lost when we throw them away. The products end up in a waste to energy incinerator which leaves bottom ashes as residue. In these bottom ashes, many small fractions of copper are available, which are not being recovered. Typically, the bottom ashes of the incinerator end up
Washing your car in a car wash street consumes up to 500 liters of water, creating a lot of waste water. The water can contaminate the soil and groundwater. In Australia, where water is scarce, an eco-friendly car wash method has been developed using a special wax instead of water. Bclean2 has developed a user-friendly
Why spending so much money on staying in fashion with your jeans, when you can lease a new pair each year. Mud Jeans started the Lease a Jeans concept in 2013 and are now also launching their Lease a Fleece brand. They are using green crowdfunding platform Oneplanetcrowd to gather enough orders to submit their
Buying light hours instead of lamps, sit hours instead of chairs and washing cycles instead of washing machines. Renting the use of products instead of owning them is an essential part of the principles underlying the circular economy. Dutch startup Turntoo wants to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by transforming products into services.
An extensive study of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reviewed more than 36 residential smart metering and feedback programmes internationally. They concluded that to realise feedback-induced savings, the smart meters must be used in conjunction with online or in-home displays and well-designed programmes that successfully inform, empower, engage and motivate people. Dutch startup