Electronic waste recycling and REEGAINING the passion for Science in Czech Republic

Hello, my name is Martina and I am an IVY volunteer participating on REEgain project in Třeboň, Czech Republic. This project is trying to resolve the issue of R.E.E.s = Rare Earth Elements, which are chemical elements that are necessary for producing electronics. Literally every smart phone, every light bulb and every screen is made from rare earth elements, so they are incredibly important for our economy. However, the world supplies are slowly running out, and the import from eastern countries is heavily restricted. Therefore, recycling these elements from electronic waste is becoming the easiest way how to obtain them for producing new electronics. Moreover, it is also the best way how to

Once upon a time there were two Italians in Poland

Hi everyone! Here are Milena and Danilo, two young Italian Ivy volunteers (lost) in Poland. No, we didn't know each other before and we are not doing the same project. Actually we don't even live in the same city. But last week there was a very interesting event in Gdansk, the “Communication Training for project menager”, organized by the South Baltic Interreg, and we have met there. We couldn't stop to talk about our different experiences: I am an Interreg Project Partner the at International Permanent Secretariat Euroregion Baltic in Elblag, while Danilo is an Interreg Reporter at Joint Secretariat INTERREG SOUTH BALTIC PROGRAMME, in Gdansk. What does it mean? Well, in few words, Danilo is

Are we inhabiting a real living and circular planet?

During these last years the European Commission is trying to incentivize the Member States to adopt a new economic model – known as ‘circular economy’ – opposed to the ‘linear model’, this last is also defined as ‘take-make-dispose’ and mostly used by the Member States until now. What are the main differences distinguishing the circular economy from the linear economy? In first place, it has to be admitted that the circular economy takes as its starting point the concept of sustainable development. Secondly, this new economic model is based on the reduction of the waste of material and natural resources, as well as it implies the re-use of final products thanks to an innovative eco-design.

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