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Circular Economy

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation believes that the circular economy provides a coherent framework for systems level re-design and as such offers us an opportunity to harness innovation and creativity to enable a positive, restorative economy.

Here you will find a series of articles to help familiarise yourself with the circular economy model, its principles, related schools of thought, and an overview of circular economy news from around the world.

The circular model - an overview

The linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model relies on large quantities of easily accessible resources and energy, and as such is increasingly unfit for the reality in which it operates. Working towards efficiency—a reduction of resources and fossil ene…

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The circular model - brief history and schools of thought

The circular economy concept has deep-rooted origins and cannot be traced back to one single date or author. Its practical applications to modern economic systems and industrial processes, however, have gained momentum since the late 1970s lead by…

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Interactive system diagram

A circular economy seeks to rebuild capital, whether this is financial, manufactured, human, social or natural. This ensures enhanced flows of goods and services. The system diagram illustrates the continuous flow of technical and biological mater…

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Cradle to Cradle - products, but also systems

If the “closed loop” model is easy to understand from a theoretical standpoint, implementing it seems quite daunting – yet it has seduced major companies and elements of the philosophy have been adapted in the architectural and t…

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Resource Magazine

Bradford University has announced that from July, it will offer the ‘world’s first’ circular economy Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree.

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European Commission

The European Commission Online Resource Efficiency Platform: “Circular Economy 100 Programme launched to form innovative global business alliance”

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BBC News

The BBC’s Roger Harrabin asks ‘Should we be owning our washing machines?’

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European Commission

Janez Potočnik: “the potential of moving towards a truly circular economy – where materials are used again and again instead of going on a one-way trip – is truly phenomenal”

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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 ...
Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014:...
27th June 2014 – Sessions included: Ask Ellen, learning from nature with Michael Pawlyn and discussing h...
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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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