RREUSE Feedback on EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles Roadmap

RREUSE Feedback on EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles Roadmap

On 5 January 2021, the European Commission published its roadmap on an EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles. With over half of RREUSE’s 27 members working with used textiles, garment, leather and footwear (TGLF) and collectively managing 257 000 tonnes across Europe annually, the EU Strategy for Textiles is highly anticipated. Undoubtedly, this initiative will also please the 75% of EU citizens who view sustainability as very or extremely important when […]

Joint statement on the European Council Conclusions on public procurement of 25 November 2020

Joint statement on the European Council Conclusions on public procurement of 25 November 2020

Getting the most out of public money in support of Europe’s recovery As representatives of social, environmental, business and trade union organisations, we welcome last week’s Conclusions from the European Council on how efficient public procurement rules and practices, combined with increased public spending, can accelerate the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and lead to a sustainable and more resilient EU economy. To maximise the ‘transformational power of public […]

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a tool placing responsibility on producers, importers and retailers to financially and/or physically manage the post-consumer phase of certain goods. EPR aims to prevent the unnecessary production of waste, manufacture better designed goods and participate in the achievement of waste collection, prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling targets. Various EPR models have developed organically across European countries, including France which covers the largest amount of […]

Social enterprises to help put new EU Circular Economy Plan into action

Social enterprises to help put new EU Circular Economy Plan into action

On 11 March 2020, the European Commission published one of the main pillars of its Green Deal: the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Within days of publication, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered an unprecedented health, economic and societal challenge. The crisis underlines the pressing need for systemic change that the circular economy can offer, notably through more re-use and repair. Aiming to transform the EU’s take, make, use and dispose […]

RREUSE feedback on Empowering the consumer for the green transition

RREUSE feedback on Empowering the consumer for the green transition

RREUSE welcomes the release of the inception impact assessment “Empowering the consumer for the green transition”. Tackling greenwashing and premature obsolescence is essential to improve the quality of products placed on the EU market and, in the long run, of second-hand products too. This is also highly anticipated by consumers who, in the aftermath of Covid-19, wish to possess durable and repairable goods on which they can rely in times […]

RREUSE responds to the new European Digital Education Action Plan

RREUSE responds to the new European Digital Education Action Plan

Learning from the COVID-19 crisis: teaching, learning and technology in a changing world was the theme of the public consultation which gathered the views and experiences of all citizens, following the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, the related switch to distance and online learning, and their vision for the future of digital education in Europe. ‘As an initial contemplation, while areas such as ‘social’ and ‘ecological’ are seen as converging areas, ‘digital’ is in many ways […]

Activity Report and Impact Infographic 2019

Activity Report and Impact Infographic 2019

RREUSE’s mission is to ensure that policies, innovative partnerships and exchange of best practices promote and develop the role of social enterprise in the circular economy. Read more about our network and the policy work, campaigns, events and projects we undertook in 2019. Download the report here (PDF) Download the impact infographic here (PDF) Design © AdGrafics Design Studio

RREUSE input to the public consultation on the development of the renewed sustainable finance strategy

RREUSE input to the public consultation on the development of the renewed sustainable finance strategy

RREUSE represents social enterprises working in environmental services with over 30 European members and one from the USA. RREUSE welcomes the opportunity to give feedback on the renewed sustainable finance strategy, initiated in April 2020 and extended till July 2020. RREUSE’s main points address: Social and circular activities in finance strategies Historic reference to the Social and Circular economy Creation of green and inclusive jobs through future investments Public Procurement […]

Ensuring the EU Renovation Wave is Social and Circular

Ensuring the EU Renovation Wave is Social and Circular

RREUSE is pleased to provide comments to the ongoing consultation on the EU Renovation Wave Initiative. There exists significant opportunities for environmental improvement and job creation linked to this initiative which must be tied directly to EU social and circular priorities in order to maximise EU impact. This briefing highlights a number of ways in which the Renovation Wave can reinforce the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan, Implementation of the […]

Product Life Extension as a cornerstone of future Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) on Raw Materials 2021-2027

Product Life Extension as a cornerstone of future Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) on Raw Materials 2021-2027

The EU’s New Industrial Strategy calls for a shift from linear production to a circular economy. From 1970 to 2017, the annual global extraction of materials grew from 27 billion tons to 92 billion tonnes, while the annual average material demand grew from 7 – 12 tons per capita. In order to support the SIP’s aims of ‘securing raw material supply’, it is essential to focus on strategies that reduce […]