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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.

Engineering the Circular Economy

In this series, we will be looking at various aspects of engineering the circular economy, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view, by examining the thinking behind innovative systemic approaches and real-life applications.


Return on investment - business innovation from Rapanui

Read about the company’s latest radical offering: a take-back system for its recycled and repairable rucksack, designed from the outset to come back to its makers, to be disassembled and fed back to the loop.


Visualising a circular economy

The Foundation has worked with some of the UK’s finest talent in communicating the concept of the circular economy through animation. Hear how the creators themselves got to grips with this concept.


'How the B&Q youth board transformed the retailer's thinking'

Retail Week magazine provide extensive analysis into how the B&Q Youth Board have impacted on the company’s thinking.


Design Matters: for the Circular Economy

Chris Sherwin, of leading design and innovation consultancy Seymourpowell, gives an industry perspective on the circular economy.


The 30th anniversary of the 1982 Mitchell Prize competition

Read about the impact of this seminal essay on the performance economy by Professor Walter Stahel.


Walter Stahel on the Performance Economy

Professor Walter Stahel provides an insight into the opportunities posed by shifting towards a ‘performance economy’.


Point of view: Walter Stahel on taxation

“Taxing renewable resources is against the logic of a sustainable society. Human labour – work – is a renewable resource which has not been recognised as such by politicians so far.”


The circular economy in action in Wales

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has focused on Wales for a regional study into the benefits of the circular economy and how to unlock them.


18 Months of fast-pace progress

Since the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, through our work in education, catalysing businesses and through the media we estimate that we have touched over 100 million people with the idea of a positive, circular economy.


Project ReDesign launched today

The first Project ReDesign workshop has taken place on Tuesday March 1 in Glasgow. Over the next month Ellen and the team will challenge up to 1000 young people to re-think the future in a series of five hands-on workshops around the UK. A week’s …


Facing future challenges together

It often has been said that the European Union would give power back to regional authorities by minimising the effects of centralisation, as a natural knock-on effect of its supra-national reach. So maybe it’s not such a surprise to see regions fr…



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...
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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