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Toolkit

The following Toolkit aims to support businesses interested in taking the first steps towards circular economy innovation. The Toolkit draws from the Foundation’s report Towards the Circular Economy, in which we interviewed leading global businesses exemplifying aspects of the circular economy and ran a series of deep-dive case studies on signature products in the medium complexity goods sector. The Toolkit aims to promote open source advancement of business circularity and will be continually updated by the Foundation’s business innovation team.

The circular economy applied to the automotive industry

A case study of the Choisy-le-Roi Renault remanufacturing plant.

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In depth - Washing Machines

In some cases, shifting ownership could result in better performance at a better price.

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How to use the Toolkit

The Phase 1 Toolkit is just that – a way to make the first steps towards your business applying circular economy thinking.

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In depth - Light Commercial Vehicle

Light commercial vehicles account for USD 240 billion of the total annual market for vehicles on the road. How can businesses get extra mileage out of their material?

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In depth - case examples of circular products

Can the advantages of re-design for a circular economy match the advantages of products designed for mass production based on low costs and economies of scale?

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In depth - Mobile Phones

With 1.6 billion mobile phones produced in 2010, more phones are entering the market than there are consumers. How can businesses extract lasting value out of fashionable items?

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Principal value drivers

An outline of specific sources of core economic value creation potential in the circular economy.

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Efficiency vs Effectiveness

A key difference in establishing a synergistic relationship between ecological and economic systems.

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Schools of Thought and Innovation

The circular economy concept has deep-rooted origins and cannot be traced back to one single date or author. The general concept has been refined and developed by the following schools of thought, and each is a key driver for innovation.

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Key Terminology

A summary of some of the key terms use in the Business Toolkit.

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But does it actually work?

When explaining why these new business models would not work, manufacturers typically cite a number of key concerns – here we respond based on our own analysis.

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News

New CEO announced at the Ellen MacArt...
1st July 2014 – Andrew Morlet is announced as the new CEO for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014:...
1st July 2014 – Day 5 marked the last day of the Summer School and the time when Fellows would present ...
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27th June 2014 – Sessions included: Ask Ellen, learning from nature with Michael Pawlyn and discussing h...
Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014:...
26th June 2014 – Fellows and Mentors travelled to London for the Circular Economy 100 Annual Summit.

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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