EU Officials Firsthand Visit to a Re-use Centre Before Next Commission Mandate

On June 27, RREUSE organised a site visit to a major Belgian textiles sorting facility owned by the social enterprise “Les Petits Riens”. The site visit attracted about 20 representatives from the European Commission, including from the Department for Employment (DG EMPL), Environment (DG ENV), Market, Industry & SMEs (DG GROW) and the European Economic and Social Committee. While EU officials approached the end of their mandate, they nonetheless left […]

A circular tour through Vienna

The role of social enterprise in a circular economy was a key theme throughout a major three-day event in Vienna which saw the launch of a new Austrian Circular Economy Stakeholder platform as well as ministerial discussions on Austria’s current and future waste prevention strategy. Local social enterprise initiatives were also awarded Vienna’s prestigious Environmental Prize. Over 20 social enterprises representatives and entrepreneurs from 12 countries met in the Austrian […]

Quality labels to encourage shoppers to buy second-hand

Quality labels to encourage shoppers to buy second-hand

Although the majority of European citizens are open to buying second-hand, much needs to be done to dispel the notion that second-hand implies lower quality. In order to address the issue many social enterprises active in the second-hand industry are taking action and creating quality labels, showcasing a highly professional approach to re-use and the commitment to creating employment for those struggling to find a job. One such example is […]

European re-use actors from the social economy meet in Brussels

Mid-March the first RREUSE network meeting of this year was held in Brussels attended by 16 members from 10 countries. Discussions about the current policy work were encouraged by the European Parliament vote in the plenary that strengthened the role of re-use and social economy in the European waste legislation. Another positive of the meeting was an admission of Emmaüs Europe as a new member of RREUSE. RREUSE is happy […]

Leading young people to make a circular economy happen

RENEW2020 is a European project that gives young people and people from disadvantaged groups entrepreneurial skills which encourage them to seize the opportunities of the circular economy related to re-use, repair and upcycling. A group of 25 students takes part on training sessions across Europe and visits local social enterprises, design studios and waste management companies. Through an online learning platform and direct consultations they get first-hand information about waste […]