Case Studies

Case Studies

There are many excellent examples of the circular economy in action in Edinburgh – just read some of our case studies below to find out!

  • Vegware

    Vegware supplies the food industry with compostable, plant-based packaging and disposables as well as operating a composting collection service and an environmental consultancy, winning over 60 awards for sustainability - twice winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This success has led to the company frequently featuring as one of the UK’s fastest growing, with regular reports of double digit turnover growth.
  • Carbogenics

    Every year Britons have to bin 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups because the plastic coating that stops their precious brew leaking out also makes the cups impossible to recycle. Now, thanks to research at the University of Edinburgh and a new start, spin-off business called Carbogenics, we could soon see a complete reversal. The company has discovered a process that uses pyrolysis – decomposition through high temperatures – to turn mineral-rich organic waste, like disposable coffee cups and paper waste sludge – into high-value carbon composite materials.
  • The Edinburgh Remakery

    The Edinburgh Remakery is a perfect example of the circular economy in action – and all the bene-fits that virtuous cycle can bring. This social enterprise, Edinburgh’s first ‘re-use hub’, is part of a drive by Zero Waste Scotland to transform the scale and economic impact of re-use shopping in Scotland and enable more people to learn key repair skills. The Edinburgh Remakery aims to create jobs, help reduce landfill and help cut the city’s carbon footprint, while upskilling and providing some of the Capital’s most vulnerable citizens with free resources.
  • Intellidigest

    An innovative business that aims to transform the way we manage food waste believes commercial funders should be bolder in backing commercial spin outs born from Scotland’s world-class university biotechnology research. IntelliDigest, spun-out by academics from Heriot Watt University, is itself going through a funding process to get its ground-breaking work to full commercialisation by this time next year. The company has tackled a major issue. Currently, we only recycle 43-44% of our food waste, leaving over 6 million tonnes to rot, and emitting Greenhouse gases.