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 […]

Social and Circular Outlook 2020-2025

RREUSE’s vision is a Europe that supports the role of social enterprise in the transition to a circular economy, prioritising activities in re-use and repair. Actions under the European Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0 and future Action Plan for the Social Economy must ensure a job-rich, just and inclusive circular transition focused on the wellbeing of all individuals. Click here for the PDF version Cliquez ici pour la […]

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 […]

RREUSE comments on the European Semester

RREUSE comments on the European Semester

The European Semester provides a structure to coordinate the economic policies of the European Union. In this framework, EU countries discuss their economic and budgetary plans, while monitoring their progress throughout the year. The European Semester consists of an initial policy guidance phase, secondary to a country specific phase, followed by an implementation phase and finally a preparatory phase which consists of both analysis and fulfilment.RREUSE comments on the European […]

European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

A “change towards a greener, fairer and more inclusive future” seems high on the European Council’s new strategic agenda for the next five years [1]. The agenda promotes inclusive labour markets that provide opportunities for all and help tackling inequalities and different forms of exclusion. In order to achieve this, the Council underlines the need to invest in people’s skills and education, support entrepreneurship and innovation. It also stresses the […]

Social enterprises in Austria launch project to help re-use construction materials

Social enterprises in Austria launch project to help re-use construction materials

Following the introduction of new regulations in Austria to promote re-use of construction and demolition materials, the Austrian social enterprise sector umbrella Repanet has launched project Baukarussell, a pilot initiative to help develop a market for the goods. The main challenges for Repanet, and five other national partner organisations, will be to match the available components with demand, ideally without a need for intermediate storage in a model known as […]

Irish re-use and recycling social enterprise

In mid-October the RREUSE network met in Dublin hosted by the Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI). RREUSE members from nine European countries and the USA dedicated three days to getting to know the Irish re-use scene through participating in a conference on Making Reuse and Recycling Happen, site visits and discussions with the Irish colleagues. Apart from learning about the numerous waste prevention initiatives funded by the Irish EPA, the […]

Repair truck ‘Tour de France’

Repair truck ‘Tour de France’

In October Envie France, a nation-wide federation of regional and local social enterprises active in re-use and repair of electronics, organised an awareness raising campaign on repair by sending a repair truck to eight French cities. The aim of the project was to encourage people to repair their broken devices and to explain the importance of keeping their products in working order. The repair truck visited eight major French cities […]

The Dutch re-use flagships at anchor around Amsterdam

At the end of June RREUSE held a members’ meeting in Amsterdam attended by representatives from eleven member organisations and nine European countries. The meeting, hosted by bKN, a Dutch network of re-use social enterprises, provided a forum for discussion about current issues facing the re-use sector and an opportunity to visit three re-use centres in the Netherlands. The invited keynote speakers broadened the perspective on the topics of re-use […]

The Flemish way around the circle

10-11th March, twenty four representatives of social enterprises from 10 countries across Europe met in Ghent, Belgium, to exchange best practices in the re-use sector and discuss the European Commission’s Circular Economy policy proposals. The RREUSE event, hosted by Komosie, the network of social enterprise re-use centres in Flanders, better known as “de Kringwinkel”, also included a site visit to one such enterprise, Ateljee. Ateljee performs a wide spectrum of […]