Recent Case Studies

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Value in resource efficiency
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-04-18 15:04:06 UTC
Chief Financial Officers typical expect energy saving projects to have an average internal rate of return of investment of about 20%. A recent research of the Carbon Trust, a UK non-profit organisation, among 1000 british companies showed however that the …
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Fairphone; a great designed smartphone putting social values first
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-04-11 14:11:45 UTC
Fairphone is opening up the supply chain of smart phones to make its processes, pricing and practices transparent and fair. The electronics industry is famous for its lack of fair treatment of labour, think about the suicides and scandals at FoxConn and …
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Bambu; the practices of a sustainable business in kitchenware
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-03-14 07:09:34 UTC
bambu is a renewable ideas company. Building interest and appeal in renewable materials through original designs and material innovations, and through imagination. Striving lessen the impact on the planet’s limited natural resources. And take a socially …
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Building facade provides energy, heat and biomass with integrated micro algae reactor
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-02-24 04:59:41 UTC
I was at an interesting presentation by Jan Wurm, Arups European Research Leader, organized by Materia at the international Building tradeshow “Bouwbeurs” in the Netherlands. He talked about the smart material house Arup is developing …
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Influencing consumer behaviour
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-02-17 14:55:18 UTC
Marcel Wanders designed an energymeter for Innovaders.The Wattcher consists of a sensor, a sending unit (both placed in the meter closet on any electricity meter) and a display which tells you how much energy you are using at this moment, during a day or …
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Lease a jeans or fleece
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-02-05 08:35:24 UTC
Instead of buying a jeans and, after hopefully years of use, throwing the jeans away, these jeans are returned and turned into new jeans. When buying the jeans at MUD the customers pays a deposit of 20 euro’s and 5 euro a month lease. After a year one …
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Giving mattresses a second life
by: Mirjam Visser, 2014-01-20 14:12:00 UTC
Recyclers usually are not keen to recycle low density materials like mattresses. However about one quarter of the disposed mattresses in the Netherlands are now, fully mechanically, recycled and 96% of their material re-used. So far the only material not …
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Borrowing and renting stuff from and to your neighbours
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-12-19 10:21:54 UTC
Peerby was set up because there was no working peer to peer sharing platform existing in the Netherlands. Peerby believes that neighbourhoods should be places where the residents know and interact with each other. Their goal is to (re)establish this connection …
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Life cycle analysis to increase customer value
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-12-16 07:38:25 UTC
Long before sustainability became popular, 3M was regarded as a leader in enviroonmental excellence due to its 3P, pollution Prevention Pays Program lunched in 1975. Based on the belief that it is better to prevent than clean up both in environmental as …
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Lead free solder
by: Mirjam Visser, 2013-12-09 10:58:37 UTC
The USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well the IKP, University of Stuttgart, have performed a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of the environmental impacts of lead-free and tin-lead solder, as used in electronic products. For bar solders, when only …

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