The ecomoebel GmbH is network for the reconditioning and marketing of used furniture. Under the brand “ZweitSinn” (meaning second purpose) it has established a recycling design co-operation [business] that brings together waste managers and waste collectors, designers, furniture producers and sellers resulting in a successful co-operation.

The aim of the recycling design business ZweitSinn is to organise a platform where suppliers of used materials (old furniture, chipboards etc.), producers with the experience and ability to work with used materials, designers who have specifie...

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R.U.S.Z. (Reparatur und Service Zentrum – Repair and Service Center) is a special initiative in Vienna, where jobless people are trained to repair goods at affordable prices and disassemble electronic equipment so that hazardous and non-hazardous waste is separated. Items most commonly repaired are electronic and electrical household devices.

It created an enormous demand for repair services which sowed the seeds of the Repair Network Vienna, a network of some 60 private, profit-oriented repair companies and was followed by the creation of three other repair networks in Austria (w...

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In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland different regulations have been put into place to ban the use of disposable food and drink containers at large scale events and to establish a framework for the use of reusable crockery.

Description of one-way ban in Munich: On public land, since 1991, a by-law of the city of Munich forbids the use and sale of disposable tableware, cups, but also drink packaging on land owned by the city.

This obligation applies to all city facilities and events, such as th...

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