The circular economy concept is becoming increasingly widespread, but it is not easy to apply to the operational and everyday run of businesses. Indeed, by definition, the circular economy requires careful redesigning of a product life cycle. Its application has to overcome great barriers, especially in smaller companies due, on the one hand to partial awareness and knowledge of all different opportunities of saving, reusing, recovering and recycling of resources and materials; on the other, due to the difficulties in identifying and involving in this chain partners able to support the company in actions aimed at “closing” the loops, thus optimizing the use of resources while minimizing waste.  In this framework, the European Commission has intensified its commitment i...