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Dear circular economy community,

First, and foremost, we would like to extend our thanks to you for making our 2019 European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference such a big success. Hundreds of you came together from across Europe and shared your success stories and challenges over the two days in early March. You can read more about how the day went in our news item, or on the conference webpage.

Second to that, we would like to thank all of you for your contributions to the website. With all of your good practices, circular economy strategies, voluntary commitments, reports, studies and news and events, you are helping to promote the circular economy and spread its achievements across Europe and beyond. So keep those Contributions coming and follow the Dialogue to our online forum, meet the community online and share experiences and opinions!

Before we get to the Country Focus, and all our new content and events, we would like to let you know that one of the ECESP Coordination Group members will hold a series of CE related events in Romania over the coming months. Therefore, IRCEM, the Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment "Ernest Lupan", seeks to invite experts willing to share their knowledge and expertise on circular economy, particularly those involved in relevant sector-related strategies. You can find out more about the events here, and contact IRCEM here.

Country Focus: Finland
As Finland prepare to take up the mantle from Romania to become the centre of Europe from July to December, the World Circular Economy Forum sets up the stage from June 3-5 in Helsinki. The programme will be packed with 17 plenary and parallel sessions, speeches, discussions and opportunities to continue the networking. The Forum will be followed closely by an EREK workshop in the city, on improving resource efficiency through industrial symbiosis.

It doesn't end there, good practices are thriving in Finland, with the Circular and Bioeconomy Centre established to help develop a more competitive business environment for companies involved in the circular economy; and the Metsä Group creating the first next-generation bioproduct mill concept. Shopping for reused and sustainable furniture is easier now with Kierrätyskeskus, and even the Christmas ham went circular (it's never too early in the year!).


News and events
4th Circular Change Conference
Taking place in Maribor, Slovenia from 16-17 of May is the 4th international Circular Change conference. This has grown in to one of the key European events dedicated to circular economy, with this year focusing on business cases on food systems, manufacturing industries, mobility and forest-based value chains. Find out more here.

SmaCE 2019 – 1st International Workshop on Smart Circular Economy
Santorini Island in Greece will play host to the first international workshop on Smart Circular Economy – bringing together scientists, researchers, industry and local communities to share and exchange their experiences, discuss challenges and talk research about ICT and the Circular Economy. Read more, and find the link to the programme and more here.

Deposit-refund systems for one-way beverage packaging
In March of this year, ACR+ published a report that explored deposit-refund systems (DRS) across ten European countries. DRS are often cited as a promising and useful tool for improving waste collection targets, and you can read more in the report by following online here.

Building Value: A pathway to circular construction finance
Earlier this year, Circle Economy in the Netherlands published a report that brought together information and experiences through a Community of Practice approach to help provide tools to unlock the potential of circular construction business models. Read about the five main lessons learned here.

More strategies and knowledge

Good practices
Can I have eco-responsible shoes?
According to Swedish company Kavat, I can! Kavat was one of the first footwear companies to acquire the EU Ecolabel, back in 2008. The company not only provides durable shoes made of sustainable materials to an eco-friendly manufacturing process, it also offers a repair service for its older model shoes. Read more about Kavat here.

And what about furniture?
Continuing the theme of good practices for the consumer, Italian eco-design brand Lessmore offers home furnishings that are ecological, recyclable, and designed to ensure maximum repairability with minimal environmental impact. Find out more about the designs by architect Giorgio Caporaso here.

More good practices

Should you have a good practice or any other contribution that you would like to share with the circular economy community, please share your contributions by providing the information necessary to publish them on the ECESP website.