With its office furniture and office decoration Pami wants to make concrete moves towards a circular economy. Sirris and Agoria helped them put the pieces together for a step-by-step plan based on their own strengths. This definitely boosts the dynamics at the company.

Vaude, German manufacturer of strong outdoor shoes, redesigned the entire 2018 summer collection and hereby reduces the footprint of its products. In part, this is due to the use of (more) sustainable materials and innovative technologies, such as a seamless upper.

A test project has been started in Leuven that uses recycled cork to prevent weeds growing around the base of trees. The project arose from a development that Sirris was already involved in.

In order to cope with the complexity of their product range, Wuyts - a materials processing company and manufacturer of several products - is open to external influences and inspiration. The company intended to innovate and optimise their products, production and the company. Sirris lent a helping hand.

Shrinking raw material stocks, rising prices ... the figures prove it all, the need for a circular economy is growing. However, this change also brings some interesting opportunities.

The ‘factory of the future’ is circular. Whether it is to reduce material costs, anticipate new legislation, respond to changing customer requirements or reduce their ecological footprint, companies will evolve towards more circular business models. The learning network Circular Economy Connect wants to help you with this and starts the second cycle.

Nowadays cork is no longer considered as a disposable material, but instead as a valuable recycling material. Applications for recycled cork are currently being fully researched. Non-profit Vlaspit devised a natural ground cover for placing around the bottom of plants and trees.

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A ‘factory of the future’ is circular. Whatever the motives are - reducing material costs, anticipating new laws, responding to changing customer demands, reducing the ecological footprint - in the long term companies will definitely move towards more circular business models. The learning network Circular Economy Connect is here to help you out.

The use of lightweight components stands or falls by the choice of materials. Product value, product costs, production costs, development costs and risks are however difficult to estimate when talking about less well-known materials such as composites. Moreover, the wide range of materials and processes makes selection even more difficult.

Early 2016, Sirris devoted several papers to the recycling of plastics, the circular economy and bioplastics as a sustainable alternative to plastic waste. In this context, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) recently reported that biodegradable plastics are currently no solution to marine litter. In fact, it’s our waste management on land that should be improved in the first place.