Eco efficiency and circular production: cases from the Netherlands’ eastern region

F.A.G. den Butter, H.A.A.M. Webers

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This chapter discusses three case studies of circular production in the eastern region of the Netherlands, where the Dutch Hanse tradition of craftsmanship and family business links up with modernity and care for the environment. The main goal of the firms in our case studies is to prevent waste and to use recycled and non-fossil resources in their own production processes. Moreover, attention is paid to the circularity of the whole supply chain by acting as orchestrator of that chain. Government should support these firms by facilitating knowledge spill-overs, providing proper education and internalising the positive externalities that the strategies of these firms bring about in terms of the circular economy and sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFactor X, Challenges, Implementation Strategies and Examples for a Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
EditorsHarry Lehmann
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319500799
ISBN (Print)9783319500782
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameEco-efficiency in industry and science
ISSN (Electronic)1389-6970


  • Hanse tradition Circular economy Sustainability Eco efficiency Waste reduction Supply chain orchestration Recycling and reuse

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