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Fater, a joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Angelini group is a manufacturer and marketer of leading absorbent hygiene product (AHP) brands – such as Pampers nappies, Lines sanitary towels and pantyliners, Tampax tampons, Linidor, Dignity and Lines Specialist adult incontinence products, etc. – in Italy. In 2013 Fater acquired the ACE brand, thus adding leading bleach and home cleaning products to its product line-up. Today, Fater is an international company, which markets ACE and Neoblanc brands in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and CEEMEA, and personal hygiene absorbent products in Italy. Fater has chosen sustainable innovation and circular economy as a total commitment challenge, which involves the entire organization and becomes the core of the business model in order to create new competitive advantages and keep growing responsibly.
Leader for Work Package: WP3 WP8



Legambiente: founded in 1980, is the most widespread environmental organization in Italy, with its headquarter in Rome, 20 regional branches, 1000 local groups in the whole country and more than 100.000 members and activists. Its mission is to make the environmental culture at the centre of a new kind of development and diffused well-being, towards a wise use of natural resources and the construction of a more balanced relationship between human beings and the nature. The association works on awareness and education policies addressing different kind of stakeholders, in order to influence scientific knowledge, cultural approaches, collective and individual responsibilities on legal, productive and educational levels.
Legambiente works in close cooperation with public institutions and with the private sector, in order to foster new and innovative governance as well as economic models.
Its main intervention sectors are: sustainable waste management, energy, biodiversity, civil economy, agriculture, mobility, freshwaters, air and sea quality.
The association has been working on waste management since 1990 and since 2017 focused its activity on the circular economy, dealing with the prevention, recycling and use of second raw material, with the aim to reduce waste, to increase and improve the separate collection, to increase products’ lifespan, to impose standards for goods’ recyclability and reparability. Legambiente is deeply committed and driven to build a framework of regulations at European and national level about circular economy.
Leader for Work Package: WP6



NOVAMONT is an Italian industrial company worldwide leader in the sector of bioplastics and in the development of bioproducts through the integration of chemistry and agriculture, by starting up biorefineries in the local areas and providing application solutions that ensure efficient use of resources throughout their entire life cycle, with advantages for the social, economic and environmental system.
Its model of development aims at building bridges between different sectors and creating new value by collaborating with all the stakeholders in the value chain: from agriculture to research, from industry to waste management, from local institutions to civil society.
NOVAMONT promotes a bioeconomy model based on the efficient use of renewable resources and on the regeneration of local areas, revitalising industrial sites that are decommissioned or no longer competitive to create new industries, new products and new jobs.
MATER-BI is the innovative family of bioplastics obtained from renewable resources developed by NOVAMONT research. It is biodegradable and compostable according to the European standard EN 13432 and other international standards.
Besides being an industrial company, NOVAMONT is also a research centre which covers a wide range of expertise and specialisations, with equipment and facilities ranging from laboratory scale activities to innovative pilot plants. Over the years NOVAMONT has developed four proprietary and integrated technologies for the production of bioplastics and bioproducts, creating synergies between the different areas of study (Bioplastics, Biotechnology, Agronomics and Organic Chemistry).
Leader for Work Package: WP2



Contarina is responsible for the waste collection management of fifty municipalities in the Province of Treviso (Italy) through an integrated system involving waste from production to collection, treatment and recovery, generating a positive impact on the environment as well as on the lives of the citizens. Recognized by the EC as European best practice, where a per capita residual waste generation of 55 kg/inh/year and a recycling rate of 85% have been achieved. In February 2016 European Commissioner Vella mentioned Contarina as an example to be replicated. The company’s daily objectives aim to increase the percentage of separate collection, to reduce the amount of waste produced, to raise the quality of the collected recyclable material, and to improve the service offered, optimising the costbenefit ratio. These objectives are pursued by a commitment to raising awareness in citizens with regards to environmental protection and sustainable development. Contarina SpA is considered an innovator in the development and implementation of solutions for the environment and its protection. In the interest of citizens and municipalities (50) to stimulate the communities to re-examine their relationship with resources and reduce waste production to a minimum.



The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains 69 institutes and research units. The majority of the 24,500 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 2.1 billion euros. Fraunhofer IWKS is a newly established strategic research group, formally part of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC) with its distinguished expertise in applied material science. Three major research fields are pursued by IWKS: (1) resource strategies, foresight studies, modelling, lifecycle analysis (LCAs) (2) recycling technologies, and (3) substitution for/of critical materials. With respect to economic feasibility and environmental aspects the Fraunhofer IWKS develops intelligent, cost- and resource efficient products, processes and services. Our research areas cover the whole value chain, from the recovery of valuable substances in fluids, recycling strategies and substitution. The project group participates in a large number of national and international research programs and focusses on bridging the gap between academic research and industrial application. The group develops a holistic view on the problem of criticality of mineral resources and plays an active role in consulting politics and industry in this matter. Associated with document Ref. Ares(2017)2113893 - 25/04/2017 59 Working closely with commercial partners, the IWKS is developing innovative separation, sorting and processing procedures to extract secondary raw materials, which can meet the high demands of industrial production. The substitution of scarce resources is an integral element of the IWKS strategy. The IWKS comprises a wide range of instruments for physical and chemical characterization of materials at high resolution and is tightly connected with the research facilities of the TU Darmstadt and the University of Gießen, which enables us to use additional facilities. Also chemical and microbiological laboratories for hydrometallurgical and bio-leaching extraction experiments are available.



CIRCE Foundation (Centre of Research for Energy Resources and Consumption) was established in 1993 as an independent Research Centre to create and develop innovative solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and to transfer them to the business sector in the field of energy. CIRCE’s mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R&D activities and formative actions, thereby contributing to a sustainable development. Over 190 professionals with a broad variety of profiles compose the team of people working at CIRCE. Since 1993, CIRCE has participated in more than 1.000 R&D&I projects at national and international level and has trained more than 1.850 professionals from 47 countries within the postgraduate courses CIRCE promotes. In year 2001, CIRCE was recognized as National Centre of Innovation and Technology. CIRCE maintains a national leadership position in the field of Energy Efficiency, being the 3rd national research centre getting more projects in competitive calls during period 2004-2007 in Spain. The main research topics in CIRCE are: energy efficiency in construction, infrastructure and industry, renewable energy integration (wind and solar power), natural resources and biomass use, smart-grids and storage, thermal power systems and emissions reduction, sustainable mobility and energy socioeconomics.
In addition, CIRCE participates and collaborates with representative bodies and networks at a national and international scale, what makes it possible become familiar with the sector’s needs. CIRCE is also a very active actor in the R&D and Renewable Energy integration projects at the Spanish and European levels. As a proof of its experience in international projects, currently CIRCE is involved in 23 FP7 projects (being the coordinator of 6 of them) and 19 H2020 projects (being the coordinator of 6 of them).
Leader for Work Package: WP5

Edizioni Ambiente

Edizioni Ambiente

Founded in 1994, Edizioni Ambiente is the leading publisher in Italy about sustainable development and environmental issues. Since its foundation Edizioni Ambiente has been partnering with the most relevant italian stakeholders in the above mentioned fields, in public & private sectors: NGOs, big companies and SMEs, utilities, municipalities, local and national gov., Foundations, associations, consortiums.
Beside the publication of the italian versions of many groundbreaking books and studies, Edizioni Ambiente propose a wide range of information services for professionals, managers and public officials. Courses, masters and seminars are part of its core business.Waste and energy management and technologies, environmental law and regulations, are the main topics.
Since 2014 Edizioni Ambiente is strongly focusing its activities on the Circular Economy, with the international magazine Renewable Matter, books, conferences and events like the 1° italian National Forum on Circular Economy, organised as side event to the G7 Environment meeting (June 2017). Edizioni Ambiente is co-founder of the Centro Materia Rinnovabile (Renewable Matter Centre), advisory about circular economy.
Leader for Work Package: WP7



Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world's leader in the recycling and reuse of non-recyclable postconsumer waste, operating in 21 countries around the world. TerraCycle works with hundreds of major brands and retailers across the globe to recycle used packaging and products (i.e. baby food pouches, biscuit wrappers, coffee packaging, pens, air fresheners, cigarette butts etc.) that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new eco-friendly materials and products. TerraCycle launched in the UK in September 2009 (www.terracycle.co.uk). Currently almost 2 million people across the UK have signed up to collect with TerraCycle raising over £500,000 for schools, charities and non-profit organization.



Procter & Gamble is the largest consumer packaged goods company in the world (as measured by market capitalization) based in Cincinnati, Ohio (US). It operates in about 70 countries and P&G brands are sold in more than 180 countries, with sales of around $ 65 billion in the fiscal year 2016/2017.
P&G has 21 brands with annual sales of $1 billion to about $10 billion, and 11 brands with sales of $500 million to $1 billion – many of those with billion-dollar potential: Always, Ariel, Bounty, Braun, Charmin, Crest (AZ), Dawn, Downy (Lenor), Febreze, Fusion, Gain, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Mach 3, Olaz, Oral B, Pampers, Pantene, SK II, Tide, Vicks. At P&G, everything we do starts by winning with consumers and shoppers. Our aspiration is to serve the world’s consumers better than our best competitors, in every category and every country where we choose to compete — creating superior shareholder value in the process. P&G operates through ten business units that include products like absorbent hygiene products, cosmetics, laundry and cleaning products, oral hygiene products, personal health care and shaving products.
P&G has been a leader in environmental sustainability for decades and continues to make strong progress — meeting our 2020 energy, transportation, waste, and water goals ahead of schedule. We’re committed to continuing to innovate in these areas.On environmental sustainability we are focusing on the areas where we believe we can make the biggest positive difference - Climate, Water and Waste. P&G is a partner in the EMBRACED project as it well fits with the Company focus area on waste. In Italy, P&G has been present since 1956. It employs approximately 1500 people and sells brands that are in the homes of millions of Italian families. P&G operates two production sites in Italy: In Pomezia (near Rome), the plant produces mainly laundry detergents and is the distribution center for south-central Italy, and in Gattatico (Reggio Emilia region) P&G produces household detergents.
Leader for Work Package: WP1



Saponia is leading regional producer of detergents and personal care products with history of over 120 years. Respect for the principles of sustainable development has always been part of the Saponia's business culture. Our own mission "improving daily living by developing a culture of cleanliness and health as a lifestyle" is based on the principles of sustainable development. When developing new products and services we are always trying to get the maximum benefit for the consumer with minimal environmental impact. This is achieved by carefully listening to the needs of our customers and monitoring developments in the field of new, environmentally friendly raw materials, packaging methods and participating in development of new sustainable products and services. R&D Institute was officially founded in 1964 and is since performing developing, formulation testing, validating and compatibility testing of soaps and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, and toilet preparations. Over 300 products are available on domestic and export markets.



For 160 years, water, sanitation, waste collection and recovery activities and services have been essential. SUEZ draws on the expertise it has been developing since the late 19th century to help people constantly improve their quality of life by protecting their health and supporting economic growth.
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery the Netherlands is primarily focussed on waste management, building new resources from both municipal and commercial waste by intiating sorting installations for household & industrial plastics, wood, construction & demolition waste and other ways to create new products from waste. SUEZ has over 40 locations in the Netherlands and services more than 200 municipalities in the country.



Fertinagro Biotech S.L., hereinafter FERTINAGRO, is a Spanish company, based in Teruel. It was founded in 2001 with the name of Agro-Industrial Initiatives Teruel, SL (INAGRO) which in 2007 merged with Turol-Química, SA, in a process for the reorganization of the structure of various agrochemical companies group (looking for synergies and efficiency gains) and to strengthen our market position. FERTINAGRO is a company belonging to the business group Tervalis Desarrollo, which is a leader supplier of fertilizers for agriculture in Spain, with production plants in Spain - Teruel province (Teruel, Utrillas, Escucha, Sarrión), Castellón and Huelva, and in France –Misson-. The group's strength lies in the experience, professionalism and availability of a technical sales service team that provide training, consulting, sales support and field trials, in order to create a common added value, besides the strong commitment to R & D that is being done by the Directorate. FERTINAGRO has a triple activity. On one side, directly supporting the manufacture and/or the commercialization of its 10 productive centers. In turn, from its trading department manages alternative raw materials which improve its competitiveness and on the other side, taking part in 9 subsidiaries.



Wittenburg BV is a part of the privately owned Wittenburg Group based in The Netherlands. Wittenburg BV is a qualified medical compounder designing and manufacturing soft thermoplastic elastomers and speciality engineering plastics compounds to ISO 13485 under the brand name Cawiton®. We currently have production locations in the Netherlands and China. For over 100 years, Wittenburg BV has built a strong international reputation when it comes to technical achievements, innovation, quality and reliability. The company is based on a strong Research & Development ethos. This allows us to deliver technical solutions for highly regulated and risk-averse markets such as medical devices, pharmaceutical packaging, food packaging and drinking water.
Leader for Work Package: WP4

This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 745746