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Since 2013, Bulgaria has made efforts to improve in its eco-innovation performance through the implementation of several Operational Programmes, including Strategy for smart specialization, initiatives on waste management and recycling, energy efficiency, environment, transport, science and education, and innovation and competitiveness.

The main challenges for eco-innovation in Bulgaria are related increasing domestic and foreign investment opportunities in eco-innovation and circular economy, promoting efficient use of resources by achieving high energy efficiency (especially in homes and building infrastructure), further developing renewable energy sources, and improving sustainability practices within the transport sector. Increased national investments from government and industry would significantly encourage more support for eco-innovation and circular economy initiatives. Furthermore, the legislative framework needs further improvement to encourage more investment in the sector.

Nonetheless, several significant drivers of eco-innovation exist, such as rise in awareness from both business, citizens and government on the benefits of green products and technologies, high skilled human resource and knowledge capital and Bulgaria’s leading regional position in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector .

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Bottling of water

The DEVIN bottling company introduced an innovative technology which allows reducing the amount of discarded plastic in nature. This is achieved through  reducing the weight of the bottle cap of 0.5 and 1 liter and is another step in the development of the eco-production of the  company.  In 2008 DEVIN Ltd.  makes its first steps toward environmental practices by reducing the weight of the bottles by about 15%. With current reduce in  the caps's  size  the  total weight of each bottle decreases by about 2.5 grams, which means approximately 250 tons of plastic per year (and for the past three years, the calculations show an impressive 750 tons!).

The DEVIN bottling company introduced an innovative technology to  reduse the size of caps of water  bottles of 0.5l and 1l  and  reducing the weight of the bottles by about 15%. With the change of  the caps, total weight of each bottle decreases by about 2.5 grams, which means approximately 250 tons of plastic per year.
The company  operates in continuous cooperation with "Ecopack Bulgaria" in the separate collection, recycling, and converting waste into useful materials. Thus it aims at turning waste into new products.
In 2009 the company won an award for environmental responsibility "Eco-innovator" for the introduction of lightweight 15% bottle. The goal of "Devin" is to continue its trend of application of innovation and strictly follows international best practices.

Barriers and Drivers
Barriers are small public awareness on the recycling issues and  lack of information about the recycling process of the products.
Drivers are improvement of the environmental status while collecting and recycling materials and  the economy of  materials'reuse.

Economic Performance
- The practice shows  a geat potetial of material savings, thus improving company's economic performance.

Social Performance
- good design along with contribiuting to a healthy environment
- increased public awareness about recycling
- the initiative became an example to be followed in Bulgaria

Environmental Impact
Drastic reduction in raw material consumption, zero waste and reduced emissions

Further Information

http://www.devin-bg.com/en/

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