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.

  • The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

    An international fellowship programme for postgraduate students and their university tutors on creative and innovative thinking around the circular economy.

  • Circular Economy 100

    Some 90 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



Project MainStream launches three new programmes
23rd January 2015 – Today sees Project MainStream launch a new project outline containing three programmes to accelerate the tr...
Download the DIF 2014 Report
23rd January 2015 – We are pleased to reveal our DIF 2014 Round Up Report, which is now available to read and download on the F...
Re-thinking Progress, save the date: 14-15 April 2015
12th January 2015 – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is pleased to reveal the dates for our second Re-thinking Progress event at ...

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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