Leisure activities have a growing impact on the environment. The tourist industry has developed infrastructure that relocates more than 8 percent of the world’s population every year, and currently accounts for around 10 percent of the world’s gross national product. And our free-time activities are not limited to travel.

Modern second-hand with humans in mind

Most people agree that we should reuse more, but selling leftover things is often a cumbersome process. The second-hand concept of Busfrö keeps the circular economy spinning - and makes it easy for consumers to shoulder their new responsibility as suppliers.

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A green performance at the opera

GöteborgsOperan (the Gothenburg Opera), sustainability is not just a fancy green backdrop, but the recurrent leitmotif - from the solar panels and beehives on the roof, to life cycle assessments of entire productions.

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A new deposit system for packaging

PantaPåsen wants to close the loop for packaging. To provide a financial incentive, the company is launching a deposit-return system. The system is managed via a digital platform, making it easy to use for both consumers and brand owners.

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Kestrels, flowers and golf

As the members of Österlen's Golf Club would tell you, there is no inherent conflict between golf and nature preservation. Their sustainability and biodiversity efforts have recently been rewarded with Simrishamn's county's environmental award.

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A cure for poor bathing water quality

Bathing sites near urban areas frequently have problems with poor water quality caused by waste water discharges. Kemira's disinfectant DesinFix cleans bathing water quickly with no hazardous substances remaining in the water.

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A sharing economy in the garden

Many products are only used occasionally. Husqvarna Battery Box is a new sharing service where homeowners can rent electric gardening tools when they need them, using an app. The tools are picked up from an unmanned, connected tool shed placed in the neighbourhood.

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The Second Hand Effect

A new report - The Second Hand Effect - attempts to estimate the environmental advantage of the second hand market. In 2016, the Swedish digital marketplace Blocket alone contributed to carbon savings equivalent to Stockholm's transport emissions for one year.

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The world’s first Svanen jeans

For garments, the Swan Ecolabel requires that the entire product lifecycle fulfills strict requirements - from the cotton field to the recycling. The Swedish fashion brand Velour by Nostalgi now presents the world's first jeans to carry the Swan Ecolabel.

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Discarded clothes: a new lease on life

re:newcell, a Swedish company, has developed and patented textile recycling technology. “Our process converts cellulose fibers from cotton and trees (rayon) into a pulp to produce new. The technology is unique and is based the pulp industry methods,” says Gunnar Henriksson, professor of wood chemistry and co-owner of re:newcell.

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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