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The eco-innovation landscape in Finland has been remaining quite stable over the last years. Importantly, Finland is still ranked as one of the most innovative countries in the world. Finnish eco-innovation continues to benefit from a well-developed innovation system, open economy, and close collaboration between industry, academia and national research organisations.

Energy efficiency and circular economy have been established as key high-level policy priorities, and related national and regional initiatives are manifold. Both start-ups and established companies generate technologies, products and services in several sectors relevant to eco-innovations and the circular economy. Applications range from a mobile app designed to rescue leftover food from restaurants to pioneering energy management solutions and transformative products based on material recycling.

One of the most important policy developments is the inclusion of circular economy as a priority in the Strategic Programme of the Finnish Government from 2016 onwards. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy also published the Strategy to Promote Cleantech Business in Finland in 2014, which continues to guide policymaking and business initiatives. Other important strategies and programmes relevant to eco-innovations and the circular economy include the Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy (2014), the Finnish Material Efficiency Programme (2014), and the new Circular Economy focus area (2016) in Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.

The main challenges for eco-innovation in the country are associated with the weak national economy and decreasing public and private research and development  (R&D) spending .

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Finland

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Marketing innovation – Waste flows turned into high quality fashion

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DesignGlobe Hope Ltd. has created a design concept by turning existing (waste) materials into individual design clothes, accessories and textiles, and thus reduces the use of resources. The production relies on sustainable development; hence the aim is to offer ecological and sustainable choices for consumers. Furthermore, the main goal is to design goods that are aesthetic, functional and innovative. The company was established in 2001 and the first collection was launched in 2003. (Globe Hope 2010; Sitra 2007a; 20.)

All the products are made of recycled materials such as hospital & army textiles, worker uniforms, advertisement banners, flags, recycled sails, seatbelts and vintage home textiles (e.g. sheets, curtains, and tablecloths) (Globe Hope 2010.) Globe Hope has managed to develop a green brand for markets by designing fashionable clothes and creating an appealing alternative for fast-paced textile industry with its disposable trends.

Determinants

Barriers

  • Dependency on the consumers’ will to recycle/ think green

Drivers

  • Interest of the media on environmental issues
  • Increasing trend towards more environmentally-friendly attitudes and values

Sustainability effects

Globe Hope reduces material flows by turning waste into new raw materials by design byre-cutting, re-sewing, re-dying and printing. In addition, the production aims at industrial quantities in order to keep the production costs reasonable, which also enables reasonable prices of the end-products for consumers.

Furthermore, since the headquarters are close to the production facilities and factory outlet, also the emissions are kept as minimum as possible.

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