Plastics in Construction Industry

Plastics in Construction Industry
- Concrete ways to act

The building and construction sector consumes around 10 million tonnes of plastics in Europe each year, which accounts for 20% of all plastics consumption. This means that there is a huge potential for circular economy.

We wanted to find out what concrete ways there are to both reduce the use of plastics and increase reuse and circularity of plastics. Together with Premico, Lujatalo and Ara, Municipality Finland and the Ministry of Environment we deep dived into one residential construction project called Metsäkissa and collected concrete ways to act. We want to share these learnings across the Nordics to encourage everyone to take action, as circular economy is an ecosystem game.

Besides our own learnings, we also want showcase a startup taking giant leaps in making the construction industry more circular and invited RETEX Panels to share how they are closing the loop for plastics in construction industry. RETEX is the first company to utilize reprocessed textile, plastic and rubber waste in making construction materials on a large scale.

And of course we want to hear what you have to say about this. Join us in a LOOP webinar to share insights and concrete ways to act with other the players in the construction ecosystem.


19th May 2021
9 to 10 CET


Learnings from Metsäkissa project – Reducing the Use of Plastics in Housing Development Projects
Moona Pohjola, CEO, Verona Growth
Case Retex Panels – Closing the loop for plastics in construction industry
Toomas Allikas, CEO, Retex Panels
Insights from the audience
What are the most interesting solutions?
What other new actions or innovations can and should be taken?

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Circular design workshop

Circular Design workshop

Sustainability designers Linda Glad and Maria Klint from Antrop offer an introduction to circular design. You get access to our way of going from strategy and ideas to action. The webinar is aimed at those of you  curious about circular economy and who want to get started and make changes in your organization.

In the 30 minute webinar you will learn:

  • Why transition to circular economy is necessary
  • What circular design means
  • How we work with circular design and business development
  • Concrete steps, how to get started
10th February 2021
8:30 to 9 CET

Please note that this event is hosted in Swedish. More info and sign up details via the blue button!


Maria Klint

Service Designer at Antrop
Creative UX and service designer specializing in behavioral design and sustainability.

Linda Glad

Sustainability Designer at Antrop
Sustainability designer with a background in retail.

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Webinar: Courage, Innovation & Circularity

Courage, Innovation & Circularity

- Two inspirational cases from forerunners in circularity -

Moving to circular economy requires unconventional thinking, bold moves, new types of partnerships and a lot of courage. To inspire you to take the steps towards the circular business models, we have invited two inspirational speakers to share their stories.

Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of Terracycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. But as Tom says himself, recycling is only a short-term solution and it doesn’t solve the root cause. This is why Tom founded the Loop Store, a completely opposite approach to Terracycle.

Loop Store is founded on the idea; What if you could get your everyday essentials delivered to home without creating any waste? Also, could this kind of way of selling products make business sense? Some of the world’s biggest consumer brands embarked on this a year ago, when they started selling everyday products like shampoo in reusable, returnable packaging instead of single-use plastic to see if customers would buy it. This was a radical step to test the fundamental changes on how they package and deliver products.

Our second keynote speaker is creative entrepreneur Carla Cammilla Hjort, who is the visionary behind Space 10, Ikea’s innovation lab in Copenhagen. Space 10’s mission is to investigate the future of urban living by detecting major challenges that will impact people on a global scale, and explore possible solutions. The overall goal is to create opportunities for a better and more sustainable way of living in the future.

10th December 2020
14:00 to 15:30 CET

We want to encourage you to take actions, so join us to listen to how Tom and Carla have transformed businesses!



Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 20 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

In May 2019 TerraCycle launched Loop, a circular shopping platform that enables consumers to shop for household products in durable, reusable packaging. Loop is available in Paris, France, the UK and the 48 contiguous U.S. states, and is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single- use’ consumption. In 2021, Loop will become available in Canada, Japan and Australia.



Creative entrepreneur Carla Cammilla Hjort is the founder and director of Space 10, a future-living lab and exhibition space in Copenhagen dedicated to finding global, sustainable solutions to the major challenges of modern urban living. Space 10 works in collaboration with a host of people from all over the world to stage talks, workshops, exhibitions and other collaborative projects on the topic of future urban living.


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