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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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News

Check out our 'Growth Within' circula...
9th July 2015 – Get the key figures and findings from 'Growth Within' with our handy infographic.
New book 'The Circular Economy: A Wea...
3rd July 2015 – The Foundation's latest publication 'The Circular Economy:A Wealth of Flows' by Ken Web...
Now we have a plan: Ellen MacArthur p...
29th June 2015 – Ellen MacArthur featured on TED.com this week following the video launch of her circula...
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launch...
26th June 2015 – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today launches the results of its latest research which ...

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

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