Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Today, the EU Commission published its much-anticipated Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Mathieu Rama, Senior Policy Officer at RREUSE, shared the following reaction: “A comprehensive upstream approach ensuring products are durable, repairable and re-useable is timely. Whilst tackling design of electrical products remains a priority, we welcome indications that other product categories such as textiles and furniture will also be addressed within a new Sustainable Product Policy”. Addressing our soaring […]

2LIFES Partnership Discuss Re-use Initiatives from the Public Sector

2LIFES Partnership Discuss Re-use Initiatives from the Public Sector

On 20 February 2020, the European Interreg project, 2LIFES, met in Brussels to discuss re-use initiatives from the public sector. Organised by RREUSE, this Workshop for Capacity-Building Building aimed to train and inform the partnership about the best re-use practices worldwide. Focusing on current re-use practices in Belgium, Yannick d’Otreppe from Bruxelles Environnement, a public authority, detailed Brussels’ regional project “Be Circular” which pushes for re-use within the building and […]

France to create a Solidarity Re-use Fund (and other re-use friendly measures)!

France to create a Solidarity Re-use Fund (and other re-use friendly measures)!

Member States have until the 4th of July 2020 to transpose the updated Waste Framework Directive. After a final vote in the Senate on the 30th of January, France is now the first to validate its transposition law. Among other ambitious proposals, the text will trigger the creation of a Solidarity Re-use Fund, a re-use and preparing for re-use target, a ban on the destruction of unsold goods, re-use corners […]

Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular

Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular

Each EU citizen consumes a staggering 26 kg of textiles per year on average with the textile supply chain responsible for 15 % of primary raw material consumption of EU households[i]. The ‘fast fashion’ phenomenon shapes the way we consume clothes and has soared per capita sales[ii]. Overconsumption and insufficient regulation on circularity has led to increased volumes of low quality textiles, unfit for re-use let alone recycling. With textiles […]

A Green and Inclusive Deal?

The newly released “European Green Deal” contains a palpable sense of support for improved social inclusion in a green and just transition but lacks urgency and detail on exactly how the EU proposes to implement such change. The deal, referring to “new business models”, fails to explicitly mention the role of existing sustainable entities such as social enterprises active in re-use and repair already providing up-skilling, jobs and training to […]

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

After having persistently pushed and advocated for measures facilitating repair[1], the RREUSE office optimistically welcomed the European Commission’s newly adopted EU Ecodesign regulations on 1 October 2019[2]. As of 2021 and for the very first time, the measures require manufacturers to produce longer-lasting products and provide professional repairers with spare parts up to 10 years after the purchase date. Added to that, spare parts will need to be replaceable using […]

Why we need to tackle food waste and what social enterprises are doing about it

With 88 million tonnes worth of food wasted annually in Europe,[1] there are strong reasons for the new Commission to keep the fight against food waste at the top of its agenda. By 31 December 2023, the EU Commission will establish food waste reduction targets for Member States, including guidelines to ensure that targets are met by 2030 in line with SDG 12.3. As part of Member States assessments, the […]

RREUSE meeting in Bologna: Four days on bio waste, textiles and social inclusion

In late May, the RREUSE network gathered in Bologna to attend conferences, network meetings and visit local social enterprise initiatives. The programme started off with a workshop on bio waste and more specifically, focused on the transformation of used cooking oils into new products such as biofuels, candles or detergents. The following two days were dedicated to sessions on the various work areas of the RREUSE network which included detailed […]

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy: A story of Community, Resilience and Innovation 23 – 24 November 2017 Charleroi, Belgium    Pour la version française, cliquez ici   Download the final agenda in English here (pdf) Speaker profiles (pdf)   Extending product lifetimes through re-use and repair has tremendous social and environmental impact and is at the heart of a circular economy vision. […]

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

The European Parliament’s Industry committee has backed several changes to the proposed Circular Economy Package which could boost re-use and repair and enhance the role of social economy actors involved in activities covered under the EU’s Waste Framework Directive. However, the suggestions are only advisory as the Environment committee has the lead role in the Parliament’s negotiations on the new laws. According to the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee, […]