Global innovators to join leading circular economy consortium

12 innovators have joined the CE100 Network to inspire and enable new circular economy based partnerships and practices.

The CE100 Network, or Circular Economy 100 Network, is designed to provide a pre-competitive space for innovators to share circular economy based knowledge. This consortium includes opportunities to attend acceleration workshops, Co.Projects and annual summits.

Who is joining CE100?

The ever-growing consortium includes industry giants such as Unilever, Google and Microsoft. The new members of CE100 have a focus on both packaging and technology.

Packaging based members include:

  • Apeel Sciences, which is bases in USA, has developed a plant-derived protective layer that can be applied to the surface of fruits and vegetables, reducing both plastic waste as well as food waste.
  • The Spanish company Cadel Deinking has also joined CE100. Cedel Deinking developed a ‘deinking’ process which removes printed ink from plastic surfaces, allowing for high quality recycled plastics.
  • Based in the UK, Garçon Wines makes flat wine bottles from recycled plastic, these bottles are lighter, more cost effective and easier to transport.
  • UK based Mimica reduces food waste with the innovative Mimica Touch, a temperature based food expiry cap that tells consumers when food is still fresh.
  • MIWA Technologies is a reusable packaging company based in Czech Republic. MIWA Technologies’ packaging has RFID/NFC technology for the distribution of dry and liquid products, which works in tandem with electronic dispensers based in shops.
  • French packaging company Pandobac distributes reusable crates as an alternative to disposable packaging, ruling out the need to have cardboard boxes, wood crates and polystyrene.
  • A shopping platform available in USA and France, named Loop, delivers products in reusable packaging, which is then collected by Loop, cleaned and sent back to brands and placed back in circulation.

Technology based members include:

  • Lizee is a French company which develops e-commerce and logistics solutions to allow retail brands enter the sharing economy.
  • Optoro is a company based in USA which works in reverse logistics, putting returned and excess goods to a secondary use, which helps to build circular business models and eliminate waste.
  • Omocom is a Sweden based insurance solution that meets the needs of the sharing economy. Omocom enables the growth of key players in the circular economy.
  • Resortecs, based in Belgium, manufactures disolvable stitching thread used in fastenings for the easy disassembly of clothing for later recycling.
  • American company Sourcemap builds software for the development of sustainable supply chains for the implementation of circular practices.

What does the CE100 have to offer?

Membership of the CE100 allows access to a pre-competitive space to share knowledge and test ideas. By offering access to:

  • Accelerator workshops: Accelerator workshops allow members to take advantage a pre-competitive space to share knowledge and further develop products.
  • Projects: As a formal enabler of collaboration, Co.Projects are driven by three or more participating organisations for the collective benefit of those involved.
  • Annual summits: Events in which key circular economy actors can engaged with other members are held every year.
  • Learning resources: CE100 allows members access to a myriad of professional learning resource from universities and external learning providers.

The CE100 was launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Launched in 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by offering learning and initiatives to circular economy related businesses.

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