30/04/2012 - According to sustainability experts involved in the Olympic Park construction programme, London 2012 organisers have missed a significant reuse opportunity. A lack of specific reuse targets meant that contractors were not incentivised to reclaim certain materials such as brick and steel from the demolition process. Furthermore, despite a commitment to a zero waste Olympic games, shops and suppliers at London 2012 will be able to hand out plastic bags to visitors.

215 buildings needed to be demolished on the site of the Olympic Park, including warehouses and gasworks, be...

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16/03/12 - Unlike recycling which processes used materials into new products, remanufacturing aims to preserve an end-of-life product and to return it to like-new or better performance, often with a warranty to match. It differs from repair and refurbishment in that it is the only option that requires a full treatment process, involving more effort, time and cost. Since remanufacturing however guarantees the same or even better performance compared to new, it is the gold standard for the reuse of products.
Recommerce, or 'reverse commerce', refers to t...

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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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