|Name of Applicant Organisation
||Amount Sought from CEIGS
|Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI)
||ReMark Readiness: Building consumer confidence in line with national circular economy branding
||Community Resources Network Ireland (CRNI) is applying for funding to support its members, which are primarily social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations, as well as private sector and other actors to address the lack of consumer confidence to invest in circular products or services. Quality marks are used throughout Europe to provide consumers with confidence to buy from reuse organisations. ReMark is a quality mark already developed and piloted by CRNI for the Irish reuse sector thanks to EPA Green Enterprise funding. The proposed project would involve updating and improving ReMark by applying lessons learned from the pilot research and making it more accessible and efficient in preparation for national and possibly an all island roll out.
|Irish Green Building Council
||Construction Materials Exchange (CMEx)
||The CMEx project addresses the Construction and Demolition Waste theme of the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme (CEIGS) through the creation of pilot scheme to demonstrate a feasible, transparent, fair, user-friendly system for the reuse of construction materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream. The project will identify and track resources through the supply chain; identify the potential value of matching materials; and apply these insights to steer organisational processes towards supporting a circular economy. We will identify materials from the waste stream with the potential for diversion to reuse and develop mechanisms to enable reuse through an online platform that generates materials passports, facilitates material matches, and utilises blockchain technology to document transactions.
||Reuse Revolution for 3rd Level Institutions
||Implementing a Reuse Revolution in Ireland’s 3rd level institutions with a full range of reusable food and beverage packaging with potential to scale into 2nd level and all other closed loop settings. The objective of this project is to work with up to five Green Campus locations to completely transform the dining experience in educational establishments so that we create new social norms in how we interact with food packaging and increase awareness around conscious consumption. COVID led to a default to single use. It’s now time to embed Reuse as the norm and change behaviours at scale with a “Reuse System” that has been proven internationally.This project will enable Ireland to meet its commitments set out in the Irish Government’s Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy and the Single Use Plastics Directive in terms of consumption reduction targets for Cups and Food containers.
|Thriftify Technologies Ltd
||Thriftify - The Online Charity Shop. Mobile Application Development
||At Thriftify we’re using digital technology to power the future of sustainable fashion, by connecting charity shops with consumers who care. Over 94% of Ireland's charity retailers are currently using our platform to sell their donations online. However, they are doing this on their PC's. Our charity partners receive over 300 million unique garments each year. In order to enable them to list more items for sale online faster, we are going to launch a mobile application with powerful technology to truly enable them to make fashion circular.
||The project aim is to develop the technology capable of sustainably recycling all of the marine litter and discarded/used fishing nets. This will require significant research into the types of polymers and other materials being used and what technology will be required to wash, seperate, sort and repelletise the materials for re-introduction to industry as a viable non-fossil fuel based virgin alternative, saving valuable resources but also assisting in cleaning our oceans.
||The Composting Collective - reuse and reduce food waste going to landfill while creating jobs
||"The Composting Collective" will use raw food waste (fruit and veg) and reuse grounded coffee beans to produce compost. This will reduce waste coffee going to landfill while providing jobs for people who are distanced from the labour market due to historical criminal records. The Composting Collective will also provide a road-map and operations manual to share with other social enterprises to scale the project nationally.
|Cork Environmental Forum
||The Cork Urban Soil Project : a year-long trial of a community-scale circular food system in the heart of Cork City.
||The Cork Urban Soil Project is a community project that models a community-scale circular food system. Organic waste from local food businesses is composted to then grow plants which support urban growing initiatives. CUSP also educates, creating an outdoor classroom in which to learn the theory and practice of the circular economy through food and nature.
|AM Acoustic Materials
||Certifying AM Ecoboard, and other waste-based products, as low carbon and circular-economy, for use in construction and manufacturing
||AM Ecoboard is a ‘closed-loop recycled’ construction board made from 100% post-consumer waste, which is also recyclable at the end of its useful life into another version of itself with no loss of performance. AM Ecoboard is currently manufactured in Slovakia and it is our goal to establish manufacturing in Ireland using material from Ireland’s recycling market. Acoustic Materials has a contract with the Slovakian inventor of the technology giving us sole rights to the UK and Irish Markets. Funding required for testing and Life Cycle Analysis.
|Marine Applications Ltd T/A Verifact
||Net 360 - Reuse of end of life commercial sea fishing nets in the manufacture of clothing and accessories
||The commercial fishing industry uses multiple types of fishing nets made from plastic every day. The fishing nets have a life span ranging from one to four years after which they typically end up in landfill. The material the nets are constructed from is suitable for repurposing as fashion wear and accessories. Verifact proposes to provide ICT services to the net purchasing and manufacturing supply chain giving full traceability of the product from manufacturer through to users to become raw material for fashion items. Verifact will provide the verification to consumers through smart labelling on the items to confirm the origin and history of the raw material.
|Grow it Yourself - GIY Ireland
||Wasted - food waste reduction in commercial food settings
||Wasted is a scalable, national, data-driven food waste education programme for chefs and food service teams (based on the EPA’s food recovery hierarchy with a closed loop approach). It will focus on prevention (through minimisation of food surplus and avoidable food waste) as the most successful solution to reducing food waste. What makes this food waste reduction education programme unique is the learning GIY will bring about the role of food growing in solving this issue.