Revision of the Monitoring Framework for the Circular Economy

Revision of the Monitoring Framework for the Circular Economy

RREUSE calls for a more comprehensive monitoring framework for the circular economy (MFCE). While the environmental, economic and social benefits of re-use are well documented, re-use is inexplicably not covered in the MFCE adopted in 2018. Hence, the revision of the MFCE is a much-needed opportunity to include re-use and preparation for re-use indicators, in line with the waste hierarchy and following the Commission Implementing Decision laying down a common methodology and a format for reporting on re-use.

RREUSE feedback on the Sustainable Products Initiative

RREUSE feedback on the Sustainable Products Initiative

RREUSE welcomes the revision of the Ecodesign Directive through the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) as a major opportunity to enhance product sustainability and to pave the way for a transition towards sustainability within European markets.

RREUSE’s response to the Commission’s consultation based on the Staff Working Document “Scenarios towards co-creation of a transition pathway for a more resilient, sustainable and digital textiles ecosystem”.

RREUSE’s response to the Commission’s consultation based on the Staff Working Document “Scenarios towards co-creation of a transition pathway for a more resilient, sustainable and digital textiles ecosystem”.

Aiming at accelerating the green and digital transitions of the EU industry, the European Commission has prepared a Staff Working Document to outline possible scenarios for a transition pathway for a more resilient, sustainable, and digital textiles ecosystem. RREUSE reflected on the issues and possible output scenarios for 2030 that were presented in the Staff Working Document, and put together the response below.

Research study on developing re-use networks in Europe

Research study on developing re-use networks in Europe

RREUSE is delighted to announce the publication of the “Research study on developing re-use networks in Europe”, which aims to analyse networks of social economy re-use operators in Europe. RREUSE was selected by Kierrätyskeskus to conduct the study and draft the report in the framework of CIRCWASTE, a seven-year LIFE project aiming to promote the circular economy in Finland.

Let’s get talking: Exploring social value in the circular transition with Virginijus Sinkevičius

Let’s get talking: Exploring social value in the circular transition with Virginijus Sinkevičius

RREUSE and EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius had a conversation on the social value in the circular transition, as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of RREUSE. This discussion was the third part of a conversation series, the first two parts of which included meetings with Lakshmi Narayan, Co-founder of the trade union Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), and Adam Minter, Columnist with Bloomberg Opinion and author of Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale and Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade.

Let’s refurbish consumers’ rights: For an extension of legal warranties that benefit both consumers and independent repairers

Let’s refurbish consumers’ rights: For an extension of legal warranties that benefit both consumers and independent repairers

To complement the extension of the scope of the Ecodesign Directive, which should in the future apply to other types of products than electronics and pay particular attention to making products more durable and repairable, the Commission has recently launched a public consultation on the “Sustainable consumption of goods – promoting the right to repair and reuse”.

Re-Use Targets: why they matter and what initiatives already exist in the EU

Re-Use Targets: why they matter and what initiatives already exist in the EU

Re-use and preparation for re-use targets are essential to implement the principles of the waste hierarchy and promote job creation. The current practice of combining preparing for re-use and recycling targets undermines the waste hierarchy, as countries without separate re-use or preparing for re-use objectives usually favour recycling.

Ingenuity and Resilience: Social Enterprises during the COVID-19 crisis

Ingenuity and Resilience: Social Enterprises during the COVID-19 crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most social enterprises active in the circular economy faced significant challenges. However, RREUSE members stayed proactive in contributing to a fair and green recovery where possible, and offered all kinds of social and environmental services to help those most in need, with a strong focus on re-use, repair and recycling.