Textiles – from waste to resource by 2030

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Type of document: Scientific, technical, research

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ project Resource Effectiveness and the Circular Economy has assembled more than 50 companies, organisations and public authorities around the vision of Sweden being the leading nation as a resource-effective, circular society. The purpose is to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness in a future with finite resources in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Textiles were chosen as one of five subprojects.

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This report will present analysis and observations from the Textiles subproject. The project has gathered representatives from the entire value chain to participate in individual work groups. They come from the private and public sectors and from the research community. IVA’s work is based on a scientific approach and draws from relevant research, but also involves critical analysis of other issues of relevance. Source references are included where appropriate. The project results come out of an intense programme of workshops and work group meetings involving a large number of people. The report includes action plans and recommendations for private sector, public sector and politicians.

Guide for reducing GHG emissions from vehicles and equipment purchases

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

Guide for reducing GHG emissions from vehicles and equipment purchases includes a fact sheet and a checklist to help the deciders make better and more sustainable choices.

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Guide for reducing GHG emissions from vehicles and equipment purchases includes a fact sheet and a checklist to help the deciders make better and more sustainable choices. The fact sheet outlines the specifications for managing the environmental, social and economic issues associated with the acquisition of corporate vehicles. It covers the purchase or rental of light vehicles used by companies such as service cars, vans and rental cars. The "GHG checklist" tool is intended to help organizations that want to acquire vehicles or service contracts including transportation. It also includes a list of responsible purchasing indicators based on ISO 20 400, ISO 14 000: 2005, GRI-G4 and LEED V4.

Directory of Canadian and International best practices of procurement from the social economy sector

Type of document: Best practices, case studies

This directory presents the best practices in terms of commitments (policies), legal texts (laws, guidelines) and tenders for social economy companies to access public procurement. These practices have been documented in Canada, the European Union as well as the United Kingdom.

Operational Purchasing Guide from Social Economy Enterprises

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

This project aims to provide an operational purchasing guide from SEEs to Quebec organizations that have committed to purchase from them. This guide serves as an inventory of good practices to be implemented at the key stages of the procurement process to ensure that the SEEs is taken into account. It focuses on buying from SEEs more than on the larger “social purchasing” concept.

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This project aims to provide an operational purchasing guide from SEEs to Quebec organizations that have committed to purchase from them. This guide serves as an inventory of good practices to be implemented at the key stages of the procurement process to ensure that the SEEs is taken into account. It focuses on buying from SEEs more than on the larger “social purchasing” concept. In addition to the good practices in the procurement process, this guide also offers a list of SEEs offering goods and services to business and institutions, as well as a list of effects and performance indicators (KPI) to measure purchases from SEEs. It also includes references to case studies in order to allow the reader to link theorical good practices to real life situations.

Responsible Purchasing Barometer

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

The Barometer was deployed so that organizations could have a practical tool to objectively identify their standing in terms of sustainable procurement.
It also gives them access to a personalized summary of their organization’s procurement performance to allow them to be able to assess how they measure up to the market compared to other organizations. Furthermore, it is simple and quick means to update your knowledge in regard to responsible procurement.

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The Barometer was deployed so that organizations could have a practical tool to objectively identify their standing in terms of sustainable procurement. It also gives them access to a personalized summary of their organization’s procurement performance to allow them to be able to assess how they measure up to the market compared to other organizations. Furthermore, it is simple and quick means to update your knowledge in regard to responsible procurement. Completing the Barometer is the first step in providing organizations with the needed information in order to start modifying and improving their practices. The Barometer is updated every four years in collaboration with research centers and practitioners (2012-2016). The 2020 edition will soon be available.

Total Cost of Ownership calculators

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

The Total Cost of Ownership analysis provides a sustainability assessment by taking into account the total life cycle costs of a project when analyzing various solutions. More specifically, it aims to extend the concept of price in the calculation of tenders to include various maintenance, monitoring and other related costs incurred during the possession of the product until its end of life.

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The Total Cost of Ownership analysis provides a sustainability assessment by taking into account the total life cycle costs of a project when analyzing various solutions. More specifically, it aims to extend the concept of price in the calculation of tenders to include various maintenance, monitoring and other related costs incurred during the possession of the product until its end of life. ECPAR has developed a checklist that allows the user to take into account total property costs, as well as several case studies to illustrate its usefulness. Furthermore, ECPAR has also developed the total cost of ownership calculators for the following eight products • Lighting • Accommodation • Printers • Office furniture • Computers • Cleaning products • Cellular phones • Workwear • Corporate vehicles These calculators are intended to provide buyers and applicants with key information in order to enable them to proceed with the responsible procurement of products. The Printers calculator is available free of charge via the ECPAR website.

Guide for the management and planification of construction sites

Type of document: Best practices, case studies

Its objective is to equip individuals in the construction sector with tools and knowledge in order to allow them to make profound and lasting changes in the way construction’s projects are planned and done, while responding to the circular economy principles.

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Its objective is to equip individuals in the construction sector with tools and knowledge in order to allow them to make profound and lasting changes in the way construction’s projects are planned and done, while responding to the circular economy principles. More specifically, it is allows to : -Bridge the knowledge gap by educating individuals in the construction sector regarding good source reduction practices; -Change industry-wide ways of doing business, from the designer to the contractor, site manager and workforce; -Document barriers and winning conditions for implementing good source reduction practices in Quebec's construction sites; -Highlight the financial, logistical and competitive benefits of adopting good source reduction practices in construction projects.

Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development

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Alimenta tu mente

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

Estilos de vida sostenible, producíon y consumo alimenticio. Organizadores gráficos y Modelo de Aprendizaje de Rutas Adaptado.

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Los conjuntos de herramientas de Imágenes y Objetos contienen una serie de recursos educativos centrados en el desarrollo de metodologías de aprendizaje activo. Su objetivo es promover actividades centradas en los estudiantes y fomentar que cuestionen su forma de pensar, sus valores y las decisiones que toman, en el contexto de una vida responsable y sostenible. Los estudiantes deben ser capaces de construir sus propias comprensiones, significados y valores, como parte constitutiva de la búsqueda colectiva de un futuro sostenible. Las metodologías de enseñanza y aprendizaje activos facilitan este proceso al ofrecer oportunidades de interacción entre profesores y estudiantes y entre los propios estudiantes; conectándolos directamente a los desafíos del mundo real y los problemas cotidianos. En todos los conjuntos de herramientas se utilizan imágenes y objetos para ayudar a transmitir, de una manera activa, experimental, interactiva, práctica y holística, estilos de vida responsables y sostenibles. Cada uno aborda un tema diferente relacionado con la vida sostenible y utiliza una teoría o enfoque de aprendizaje activo distinto. El desarrollo de esta serie comenzó hace más de diez años, basándose en la colaboración de profesores e in

Centre for Collaborative Living for Sustainable Development

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Food for Thought

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

Is the tenth in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and aims to strengthen learners' ability to deal with socio-scientific issues (SSIs) and Grand Challenges (i.e., urgent global problems) which relate directly to the pursuit of sustainable development.

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The Active Learning Methodology series is for teachers and facilitators interested in education for sustainable development. The toolkits include step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing Education for Sustainable Development activities by using images and objects, together with a starter kit of sample images.

Responsible purchasing cards tailored for Canada's context

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

To provide tangible support to requisitioners and purchasing agents seeking to make sustainable acquisitions, ECPAR has developed a series of sustainable purchasing sheets on common goods and services; eight of them are publicly available.

Designed to meet the needs of different types of users (buyers, sustainability team, final user), these sheets include those sections: before buying, sustainable purchasing, rationale and additional information and references.

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To provide tangible support to requisitioners and purchasing agents seeking to make sustainable acquisitions, ECPAR has developed a series of sustainable purchasing sheets on common goods and services; eight of them are publicly available. Designed to meet the needs of different types of users (buyers, sustainability team, final user), these sheets include those sections: BEFORE BUYING : best practices to rethink the need before purchasing, guidelines to respect the 3R-R hierarchy and some simple rules to reduce the environmental impacts and costs associated with the consumption of goods and services. SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING : sustainable purchasing criteria to incorporate relevant environmental, social and economic specifications into procurement processes. RATIONALE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : life cycles of the products and services, main impacts that arise in each phase and more information about the certifications. REFERENCES : sources that were used to produce the information sheet as well as a list of social economy enterprises that provide the goods and services discussed in the information sheet. *Note that the sheets were made between 2011-2013 and are currently in the process of being updated -2020

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