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The Principles

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…


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…


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…


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…


New report: Towards the Circular Economy vol. 2

The Foundation releases a new report on the economic opportunity for the consumer goods sector.


Towards the Circular Economy

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches a new report, featuring analysis from McKinsey, that makes the case for a faster adoption of the circular economy, quantifies the economic benefits of circular business models and lays out pathways for action.


Rethinking the Economy

Roland Clift and Julian Allwood outline how industrial ecology, applying chemical engineering thinking to the management of material flows in the economy, can point the way to an economy that can work long-term.


Why waste should be food.

The idea that recycling is a ‘good thing’ pretty much pervades the formal schooling system, but it may be due for a long overdue rethink. Recent scientific investigations around recycled cardboard packaging made from old news papers has thrown up…


Europe needs to embrace the closed loop model, says Belgian EU Presidency

As part as Belgium’s Presidency of the council of the European Union, Flemish Environment Minister Joke Schauvliege…


Services, not Goods

Rethinking our economic model does not only involve a re-organisation of manufacturing processes, the change goes as far as redefining the relationship between objects and consumers.



The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launch...
26th June 2015 – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today launches the results of its latest research which ...
Circular economy would increase Europ...
25th June 2015 – This major report by Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey Center for Business and En...
New circularity assessment tools laun...
12th May 2015 – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Design have launched new indicators which, fo...
Latest insight and circular economy n...
24th April 2015 – Circulate, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's new hub for circular economy news, editoria...

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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