Elen Macarthur Foundation


The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works in education, business innovation and analysis to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy.

The circular economy is a generic term for an economy that is regenerative by design. Materials flows are of two types, biological materials, designed to reenter the biosphere, and technical materials, designed to circulate with minimal loss of quality, in turn entraining the shift towards an economy ultimately powered by renewable energy.

  • Be part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival

    Join us for this global online event 20th October - 14th November 2014 #thinkDIF

  • New report and project announced

    Vol. 3 in our report series, out now: Towards a circular economy: accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains Project MainStream is a global, multi-industry initiative to scale up the circular economy.

  • The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

    An international fellowship programme for postgraduate students and their university tutors on creative and innovative thinking around the circular economy. The programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach with input across design, engineering and business.

  • Circular Economy 100

    Some 50 organisations have already confirmed their membership of the CE100 - a global alliance designed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

  • Videos

    Over 60 lectures, animations and case studies on the circular economy and related topics.

  • Business

    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to support a two-way development between education and business, helping to catalyse and showcase examples of innovation through the framework of a circular economy.

  • Education

    Working with schools and universities to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future



Handling Collection - apply now
11th April 2014 – A limited edition of hampers with hands-on teaching resources designed to help you guide your students thro...
Re-thinking Progress: event summary
4th April 2014 – Find out more about our first open-house education event held at the re:centre, University of Bradford in M...
Wild Card winner brings Latin American perspective to glo...
24th March 2014 – In January this year, the SMF Wild Card Competition was launched to find one exceptional postgraduate stude...

The Economics

The first macroeconomic report series into the size of the prize for business in the transition to a circular economy


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