Find circular economy business opportunities in Helsinki, and lead the way towards solving global sustainability challenges.
Circular economy is an efficient tool to tackle climate change. It is also an important part on Finland and Helsinki’s path in reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. Finland was the first country in the world to put together a circular economy roadmap including essential measures and actions for the government, cities, businesses and residents. This, and Helsinki’s own roadmap paves the way for new sustainable business.
Finland has taken an active role in driving change both locally and on a global level. Government programs, EU agreements and new ecosystems are being created to back the existing supportive governmental policies, active R&D scene and lively local actors and networks.
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Finland has a long and successful history in textile manufacturing and design. While the production nowadays relies on small, trendy brands, the ecosystem around new innovation is booming. Finland has ambitious goals in reaching sustainability targets ahead of EU timelines, and the way forward to lowering the sector’s carbon footprint is outlined in the roadmap to carbon neutral textile industry.
Finland is number one when it comes to the quality of research and development. Our target is to reinvent COVEROSS® and our company, and Helsinki is a great location for that.
Telaketju is a cooperation network that forwards textile recycling. The project includes developing the collection, sorting out and refining processes of end-of-life textiles.
Visit telaketju.turkuamk.fi for more info
Synbio Powerhouse promotes the full power of biotechnology in sustainable industrial processes. The ecosystem includes companies, investors, scientists and students from several disciplines as well other stakeholders and offers opportunities for partnering and co-creation.
Visit synbio.fi for more info
The Finix project produces new scientific research on sustainability aspects of textile systems. Based on that Finix helps co-creating resource-wise textile business in Finland in ways that promote global sustainable development.
Visit finix.aalto.fi for more info
ExpandFibre is a joint R&D programme launched by Fortum and Metsä Group, focusing on upgrading pulp fibre from renewable and sustainable sources of straw and northern wood into new bioproducts. Its ambition is to meet the growing demands for sustainable textile fibres and other added value biomaterials.
Visit expandfibre.com for more info
In a world first for the fashion industry, this three-year multi-stakeholder project will harness cutting edge chemical recycling technology to pilot and scale circular fashion within garment production.
Visit newcottonproject.eu for more info
Finland has created a national plastics roadmap to reduce the harm caused by plastics, avoid unnecessary consumption, increase the efficiency of plastics recycling and find alternative solutions. This roadmap introduces actions to use plastics in a sustainable way.
Package-Heroes is a research project which studies and develops packaging solutions, which address simultaneously food protection and the global and constantly increasing concern of plastic packaging waste.
Visit packageheroes.fi for more info
The goal of the Closed Plastic Circle project is to get all recyclable plastic in the Helsinki metropolitan area and Lahti to circulate more efficiently. An ecosystem made up of actors in the private and public sectors is developing impactful actions to help reach the common goal.
Visit smartclean.fi for more info
As the country responsible for the development of European research of battery recycling, Finland offers exceptional opportunities in the circular economy of batteries. In Helsinki, the largest city of Finland, companies gain access to advanced R&D partnerships, international networks, talent, and IPR investment opportunities.
Batteries from Finland program by Business Finland is aimed at growth-oriented companies and research organizations that work with battery materials, batteries, cells, battery applications or their recycling services. Participants receive internationalization and innovation-funding services and networking opportunities.
Visit businessfinland.fi for more info.
European Battery Alliance (EBA250) promotes a strong, complete pan-European battery value chain, mandated by the European Commission. Its members get access to e.g. regulatory insights, business development opportunities, and market intelligence.
Visit eba250.com for more information.