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Check out our 'Growth Within' circular economy infographic

Get the key figures and findings from ‘Growth Within’ with our handy infographic.


New book 'The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows' by Ken Webster

The Foundation’s latest publication ‘The Circular Economy:A Wealth of Flows’ by Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, provides a stimulating overview of the emerging framework for prosperity reinvented.


Now we have a plan: Ellen MacArthur presents the circular economy at TED

Ellen MacArthur featured on TED.com this week following the video launch of her circular economy presentation from TED Global 2015 in Vancouver.


The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches “Delivering the circular economy – a toolkit fo...

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today launches the results of its latest research which provides, for the first time, an actionable toolkit for policymakers who wish to embark on a circular economy transition.


Circular economy would increase European competitiveness and deliver better societal ou...

This major report by Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, with financial support from SUN (Stiftungsfonds für Umweltökonomie und Nachhaltigkeit), offers a vision for a circular economy in Europe, and argues …


Disruptive Innovation Festival 2015 announces first speakers

The first speakers for the online Disruptive Innovation Festival, 2-20 November 2015, are confirmed. Headliners who will share their insights on the future economy with Festival participants, include Michael Braungart, Hunter Lovins, Jeremy Howard…


New circularity assessment tools launched

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Design have launched new indicators which, for the first time, enable companies to assess how well a product or company performs in the context of a circular economy.


Latest insight and circular economy news on Circulate

Circulate, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new hub for circular economy news, editorial and insight, is now live.


Top speakers confirmed for Re-thinking Progress 2015

We are pleased to reveal the latest list of confirmed speakers and sessions for our annual event at the University of Bradford this April. Make sure you have the dates saved to your calendar: 14-15 April.
Now in its second year, Re-thinking Progr…


Ellen MacArthur joins the TED2015 line-up

We are thrilled to announce that Ellen MacArthur will join the line up of speakers at TED2015, which will be held next month in Vancouver, Canada.


Project MainStream launches three new programmes

Today sees Project MainStream launch a new project outline containing three programmes to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. These three new programmes usher in the first stage of MainStream’s implementation, which involves over thir…


Download the DIF Roundup 2014

We are pleased to reveal our DIF Roundup 2014 which is now available to read and download on the Festival website. Collated by the DIF Team, the report is a collection of insights, figures and feedback from this year’s Festival.


Re-thinking Progress, save the date: 14-15 April 2015

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is pleased to reveal the dates for our second Re-thinking Progress event at the University of Bradford’s award-winning re:centre to be held on the 14th and 15th of April 2015.

The education event will be free and …


Our year in review, by Ellen MacArthur

Read about our highlights and milestones in 2014 at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


New CEO announced at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Andrew Morlet is announced as the new CEO for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014: Day 5

Day 5 marked the last day of the Summer School and the time when Fellows would present their responses to the Summer School Challenge in the groups they had been working with all week.
The challenge this year was based on Detroit, a city which ha…


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014: Day 4

Sessions included: Ask Ellen, learning from nature with Michael Pawlyn and discussing higher education opportunities for future collaborations.


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014: Day 3

Fellows and Mentors travelled to London for the Circular Economy 100 Annual Summit.


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014: Day 2

Looking at the Business Case for a circular economy.


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014: Day 1

The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship held its annual Summer School at Cranfield University in the UK, one of twelve partner universities in the programme.


The Healthy Seas Initiative: Turning Fishnets Into Sportswear And Carpets

Fishnets are being returned to life as garments and carpets, thanks to what nylon manufacturer Aquafil has been doing for the past year in conjunction with two partners, the ECNC Group and Star Sock. This operation is already working on a pretty …


Open Mic Competition announced for the Disruptive Innovation Festival

Become the first official Open Mic session to be announced for the Disruptive Innovation Festival 2014 and win two tickets to our Circular Economy 100 Annual Summit in June.


Handling Collection

A limited edition of hampers with hands-on teaching resources designed to help you guide your students through the circular economy in the classroom.


Re-thinking Progress: event summary

Find out more about our first open-house education event held at the re:centre, University of Bradford in March 2014.


Wild Card winner brings Latin American perspective to global Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

In January this year, the SMF Wild Card Competition was launched to find one exceptional postgraduate student to join the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship 2014 from any university in the world.


Disruptive Innovation Festival 2014

1. Register for updates on the Disruptive Innovation Festival
2. Take part in our Hashtag Project. Follow us on Twitter @circulareconomy and Instagram ellenmacarthurfoundation – #thinkDIF
3. Nominate an innovator to speak at the event here


Schmidt-MacArthur welcomes 16 new students for 2014

We are delighted to announce the names of the students selected for the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship 2014. This year, sixteen postgraduate students have been chosen from our twelve Partner Universities to help accelerate the transition to a circul…


Education event: Re-thinking Progress, 25th - 27th March 2014

To be held from the 25th – 27th March 2014, ‘Re-thinking Progress’ is the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s first ever education open-house event in partnership with Bradford University’s centre for the circular economy. We would love for you to join us.


Project MainStream

Project Mainstream initiative aims to accelerate cross-sector engagement towards a circular economy


Unilever joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Global Partner

Unilever will join Cisco, Kingfisher, Philips and Renault as the latest Global Partner to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


Effective business in a circular economy

New book now available to buy from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Global competition to find new Schmidt-MacArthur Fellow and Mentor

The Schmidt-MacArthur Wild Card Competition is open to post-graduate students studying design, business and engineering and their faculty mentors from any university in the world to innovate for a circular economy. The winner will join 14 other st…


Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship welcomes MIT and Tongji University as Partner Universities

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from the US and Tongji University of China, join as partners to the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship programme


Engineering the circular economy

‘Engineering the circular economy’ is a new series by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation providing insight into real-life applications of how the industry is making changes to fit within a circular economy.


New education network on Google+

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has recently created a platform on Google+ for educators to discuss and share resources on the circular economy.


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.


SGW Global joins Circular Economy 100

Shenzhen Guo Wei Electronics Co. Ltd are the latest member to join the Circular Economy 100.


Scotland become first nation in CE100

“Scotland’s economy will benefit from moving to a more circular model of production and consumption"


SABMiller join Circular Economy 100

SABMiller, one of the world’s leading brewers operating across six continents is the latest member to join the Circular Economy 100.


Textile industry embraces a growing opportunity in the CE100

The Aquafil Group is a recognised leader in nylon and synthetic fibre research and production and is the latest member to be welcomed to the CE100 programme.


The circular economy applied to the automotive industry

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


Ellen MacArthur becomes a full member of the Club of Rome

We are delighted to announce that Ellen MacArthur has recently become a full member of the Club of Rome.


Midal Cables win National Grid Supplier Design Awards

Engaging suppliers through the circular economy framework


National Grid Supplier Design Awards

National Grid’s first Supplier Design Awards are to be held this evening at a ceremony in London.


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School: Day 5

The first Schmidt-MacArthur summer school drew to a close on Friday 21st June by handing the presentations over to the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellows.


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School: Day 4

After the largest ever gathering of circular economy thought leaders at the CE100, Thursday gave students a chance for reflection on their own outlooks towards circularity, with the afternoon to work on their presentations for Friday. Students had…


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School: Day 3

Since its inception in 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has seen the necessity to catalyse circular economy thinking not only in Higher Education but also in the world of business and industry. So on day three of the Schmidt-MacArthur Summer S…


Wendy and Eric Schmidt join Dame Ellen MacArthur in London

Wendy and Eric Schmidt joined Ellen MacArthur to launch the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship programme at an inaugural Schmidt-MacArthur lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.


The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Announces Philips as a Global Partner

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today announced that Philips will become a partner for the next three years to help accelerate the transition to the circular economy.


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School: Day 2

Filled with engaging talks and debate, day 2 of the summer school allowed fellows and mentors to share information from their areas of expertise and also pose interesting questions to speakers and participants.

The first session of the morning …


Wallonia becomes first region to collaborate with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on the...

The Wallonia region of southern Belgium has become the first region in Europe to announce the membership of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100. The President of the Walloon economy, Jean-Claude Marcourt, formalized the agreement…


Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School: Day 1

The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships were created to challenge post-graduate students and their academic mentors from globally-recognised universities to innovate for a circular economy.

Today marks the first day of the intensive week long summer …


The Foundation joins forces with the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council ...

Towards a circular economy – A model to reinvent future prospects. Paris, June the 27th

The half-day conference, organised by the Le Conseil Economique Social et Environnemental – Social, Economic and Environmental Council, and The Ellen Macar…


Innoverne joins CE100 as latest emerging innovator

Find out about the latest member of the CE100


Top business school launches world's first circular economy MBA - Press Release

Bradford University School of Management (BU SoM) has launched the world’s first circular economy MBA, developed in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and leading businesses including B&Q, BT, Cisco, Renault and National Grid.


Top students and academics awarded first Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowships - Press Release

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation, has today announced the names of the students and academics from the globally-recognised universities that will be taking part in the first Schmidt-MacArthur Fellow…


Free MAKLAB workshops in Glasgow

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the MAKLAB are pleased to announce the launch of a series of free workshops looking at cradle-to-cradle design and the circular economy. These workshops are aimed at designers, engineers and teachers of D&T and …


Eric Schmidt to deliver keynote speech

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google to deliver keynote speech at the Schmidt-MacArthur Public Lecture.


Call for entries - New Designs for Circular Economy

Win up to £25k co-funding to design new products that make better use of resources.


Foundation launches global business alliance: the Circular Economy 100

100 companies to create $10bn economic value over three year period through commitment to circular economy initiatives


New report: Towards the Circular Economy vol. 2

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


Walter Stahel becomes full member of Club of Rome

Our independent expert advisor and friend Walter Stahel has recently become a full member of the Club of Rome.


New animation from the Foundation

The Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a new animation on the circular economy, focusing on the shift from consumer to user.


Circular Economy incorporated into EU manifesto

“the EU has no choice but to go for the transition to a resource-efficient and ultimately regenerative circular economy”


Teardown Lab Continues its Tour

The Teardown Lab roadshow reached Archbishop Holgate School, in York, on Wednesday 5 December.


Teardown Lab kicks off in Scotland

Pulling everyday products apart to see how they could be re-designed within a circular economy framework.


Round table on the circular economy

The fourth blog from the Foundation’s activity in St. Petersburg this week.


Industry and the circular economy

Industry is taking the circular economy seriously. This is one of the messages coming through the series of circular economy workshops, lectures and round-table discussions currently taking place in St Petersburg.


Circular economy workshop in St. Petersburg

On 20th November Ken Webster and James Pitt led a three-hour workshop on the circular economy to 80 students, lecturers and professors.


Want to work for the Foundation?

Two new Development/Field Officer positions have become available within the Foundation’s Education Team.


The circular economy in Russia

Today Ken Webster gave an open lecture on the circular economy – the business case for transition to an audience of some 70 academics and people from business in St Petersburg, Russia.


Video: TES Webchat with Ellen

If you missed October’s TES webchat with Ellen MacArthur, catch up here.


Teardown Labs 2012

A unique opportunity for designers and architects.


TES Web Chat with Ellen

Ellen MacArthur discusses education and the circular economy live with Times Education.


Re-manufacturing, for the future

Back in 1998 when I had a very and unreliable old car my approach to maintenance was hands on. I had very little money, so when the alternator broke I did what I’d grown up with. I took a punt, went down to the local scrap yard on the Isle of Wigh…


"No technological or economic barriers to converting the world to renewable energy"

New research from Stanford University suggests transition to renewables can be done with today’s technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy


Free downloadable teaching resources for UK schools

The Foundation is happy to announce the launch of a range of free teaching resources for use across UK schools.


Student designs modular, rented camping equipment

An entry focusing on access over ownership has become runner-up in Core77 Design Awards.


'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.


'How We Make Stuff' pop-up book released

The Foundation has helped develop a pop-up book introducing circular economy ideas.


Towards the Circular Economy - an infographic

The transition to a circular economy, visualised.


Fast Company write on ownership shift

Fast Company comment on the growing trend of people not owning stuff.


Launch of Circular Economy Task Force

Ellen MacArthur will be presenting at the launch of the Green Alliance’s Circular Economy Task Force this evening.


Ellen at the European Commission

Ellen travels to Brussels to take part in the launch of the European Resource Efficiency Platform.


Circular economy discussion at BASE Conference 2012

A range of experts identify circular development opportunities for London


Circular economy implementation in China

How the transition to a circular economy is being implemented in China


Collaborative use of heavy machinery

New service Floow2 specialises in the short-term leasing of heavy machinery and staff.


The new Ellen MacArthur Foundation Website

We’ve given the website an overhaul to improve vistor experience


Webinar on Governance and the Circular Economy

There’s still time to register for Tuesday’s webinar with Douwe Jan Joustra, on Governance and the Circular Economy.


Ellen at the OECD Forum

Ellen will be speaking at the OECD Forum, and you can join the conversation online.


Powering Progress Together

On Wednesday 16th May, Ellen will provide the closing keynote at an event on the energy-water-food nexus, organised by Shell and the City of Rotterdam.


Ellen asks young people to re-think the future at The Big Bang Fair

On Friday 16th Ellen presented the first of a series of newly developed audio-visual presentations, at the Big Bang Fair, in Birmingham.


Study tour of the Netherlands

The Foundation and Education Scotland begin an educational research visit to the Netherlands.


Ellen at Learning Without Frontiers

Missed the live stream? Watch Ellen speaking on the circular economy and education in her LWF12 talk .


Group Study Visit to the Netherlands

The Foundation and Education Scotland are inviting applications from secondary teaching staff for a group study visit to the Netherlands.


Ken Webster at TEDx Loodusele

Watch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Head of Learning present on the principles of the circular economy.


Ellen in Davos - watch the BBC interview

Ellen was interviewed live from Davos by the BBC yesterday, following her presentation of the Foundation economic report on the potential of a circular economic model. The research, which includes analytics by McKinsey & Company, outlines major op…


Ellen Takes the Wheel

Founding Partner Renault recently released a short documentary on their work with Ellen MacArthur and the Foundation.


Frog chooses Biomimicry as tech trend for 2012

Frog design predict a breakthrough year for biomimetic design strategies.


EU Commissioner calls for new economic models

Janez Potočnik highlights the importance of resource effectiveness in Europe’s future economic prosperity.


PwC report published on resource scarcity

PricewaterhouseCoopers conduct an in-depth study in to the impact of future resource scarcity.


Live webchat with Ellen

Click to learn more about how you can take part in a live webchat with Ellen next week.


Timberland and Po-Zu join forces

Timberland has teamed up with Po-Zu to create a biodegradable shoe which can be taken apart and re-cycled.


Jon Snow challenges Ellen MacArthur on the circular economy

Jon Snow, Channel 4 Newscaster talks to Dame Ellen MacArthur about the circular economy and rethinking the future, in a short film looking back on the first year of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


New video: Ellen MacArthur at the RSA

On 12th October, Ellen spoke at London’s RSA on the theme of ‘Re-imagining business: The transition to the circular economy’.


Renewables could account for 60% of UK's energy by 2030

A new report, entitled Positive Energy, argues that it is feasible for renewables to deliver at least 60% of the UK’s electricity demand by the year 2030.


Vertical forest under construction in Milan

Construction has begun on the world’s first vertical forest in Milan. The 27-storey Bosco Verticale, designed by architect Stefano Boeri, will have trees such as oaks and amelanchiers planted in the building’s balconies. The plants will provide sh…


GDF Suez unveil 100% Biomass power station

A coal-fired power station in Rodenhuize, Belgium has been converted into a 100% biomass unit.


First UK PassivHaus office building completed… and occupied!

Raynsway’s Watermead Business Park in Syston is now finished and duly occupied!


British Geological Survey releases new "risk list"

“To coincide with the British Science Festival, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has released a new ‘Risk List’ which ranks the risk to global supply of chemical elements of economic value. The list highlights vulnerable elements where global p…


Tickets available for UK Cradle to Cradle event

Tickets are now available for an event showcasing some of the growing number of companies who are successfully using Cradle to Cradle to drive innovation, resource management, and long term profitability.


Large scale urban farming at work in Havana

Forced to rethink its food supplies system after the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the implementation of the US embargo turning the oil tap off, Cuba has created an Urban Agriculture Department in 1994.

Today, reports show that 50% of fresh p…


Germany to work closely with UK and Scotland on future grid

EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger has explained in an interview to German business newspaper Handelsblatt that Germany must work closely with its neighbours in order to develop the infrastructure required to cater for the increased prop…


A Force 10 gale in sustainable business

“What sets {Ellen MacArthur} apart from mainstream sustainability professionals is that she is not shy about speaking her mind and does not feel bound by normal business conventions”, writes Jo Confino in the Guardian Sustainable Business.


Austria to phase out nuclear electricity by 2015

As detailed in an AFP news brief, Austria has decided to boost renewable energy investment whilst putting an end to the atomic age:

“Austria’s parliament passed a bill Thursday hiking government funds for renewable energy as the anti-nuclear co…


Project ReDesign – The Challenge Continues

In collaboration with BT, Cisco and National Grid eighteen more students today take on industry-based challenges around the framework of the circular economy.


ReDesigning Renault?

We’ve reached the final day here in Paris, and the presentation to Renault experts is just hours away.


Project ReDesign Internship Programme

The first ever internship on the circular economy kicks off on Monday 4 July, when 6 students take part in a week’s work experience with Renault, in Paris.


Big day in Paris

Ellen last Thursday (23rd of June) in Paris, starting with a stopover at the RTL studios – France’s most listened-to radio station – to record the ‘Element Terre’ show hosted by Louis Bodin.


World’s first ‘Cradle to Cradle Day’ held in San Francisco

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute hosted an event on June 9 to celebrate the world’s first ‘Cradle to Cradle Day’, which took place in San Francisco. The event was held as a celebration of the accomplishments of the Institute, and…


First ever B&Q Youth Board open for entries

Leading home improvement retailer B&Q has taken an unprecedented step towards changing their business model by setting up a Youth Board composed of 16-18 year olds.


Renault to launch industry-leading solar roof project

On June 15th, work will begin on the biggest solar panel project in the global automotive industry.


ReDesign blog: a look at vertical farming

At a time when a billion people go to sleep hungry every night can we really imagine a future where we can feed a predicted population of 9 billion in 2050? Welcome to Rainey Endowed School, Londonderry, the winners of the Northern Ireland ReDesig…


Increase in London charging points gives EV a boost

A new scheme has opened in London providing 150 new charging points for electric vehicles, taking the capital’s total to 400.


Fishing for plastic

EU unveils original initiative to tackle two different issues in one go – marine pollution and necessary quotas on fishing, which put pressure on jobs.


A busy start to April

Ellen’s had an intense couple of weeks, travelling the length of the UK for various Foundation events. Here’s a summary of three recent highlights.


PassivHaus certification for Midlands offices

Building work has commenced on a 6,000 sq ft office project at Raynsway’s Watermead Business Park in Syston, with developers adhering to well-established PassivHaus design principles.


Renault 4 Ever: Redesigning the Renault 4 on circular economy principles

Italian website Design Boom is calling for entries for an exciting automotive design competition, run in collaboration with Renault. ‘Renault 4 Ever’ asks professionals, students and design enthusiasts from around the world to redesign the classic…


EU unveils radical plans to ban fossil-fuel cars from cities

No more petrol and diesel vehicles allowed in European city centres by 2050? The EU Commission’s objectives are bold but if they are met, it could mean that a turning point will have been reached. Is urban living as we know it about to change?


Project ReDesign finishes in Oxford

In Oxford today Brockenhurst College became the last of five groups to win a prestigious week-long internship with one of our Founding Partners. They joined the list of winning teams from previous workshops in Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff and Belfast w…


PPR goes C2C

Major French luxury group PPR joins forces with Cradle to Cradle and launches “Creative Sustainability Lab”.


Rainey Endowed School win Project ReDesign Belfast

In the penultimate of 5 Project ReDesign workshops around the UK, which took place at the Ulster Halls in Belfast today, Rainey Endowed School took the top prize of a week’s internship with one of our Founding Partners.


Intense two days in Paris for Ellen

Ellen was in Paris for the past two days, talking to the press about the French version of “Full Circle” and updating the French public on the work of the Foundation…


Honiton Community College win Project ReDesign Cardiff event

Honiton Community College win Project ReDesign Cardiff event


Project ReDesign in Cardiff today

Project ReDesign in Cardiff today – Ellen and her team challenge Welsh students at the National Museum of Wales this Monday.


Project ReDesign - Leeds workshop completed!

The second Project ReDesign workshop at Royal Armouries, Leeds on Friday 4 March 2011 saw a group of six students from Outwood Grange Academy win the second of five week long internships within a leading UK industry, in July 2011.


Project ReDesign launches in Glasgow

The launch of Project ReDesign at Glasgow Science Centre on Tuesday 1 March 2011 saw a group of six students from Hutchesons’ Grammar School win the first of five week long internships within a leading UK industry, in July 2011.


Project ReDesign in Glasgow: first reactions

Latest news: Live from the first Project ReDesign workshop, held in Glasgow today!


"Designed for lower speeds"

“Designed for lower speeds”… You may remember reading Ellen’s blog entry about the fleet of B Class container ships which ended up mothballed because they were… too fast.


Piloting Project ReDesign

It’s 9am, a freezing cold day at the end of January and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Project ReDesign team is in West London.


The Rise of Long Term Thinking

“If one good thing has come out of the recent financial crisis it’s this: business has realised it must abandon the short-term approach.”


"Sustainability (…) has drained the sexiness from design."

“Sustainability (…) has drained the sexiness from design. If designers want to do some genuine good, it’s time to re-engineer their thinking.”


C2C at Davos World Economic Forum

C2C at Davos – "From our conversations at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this year, it’s clear that sustainability has moved right to the heart of business debate. Debates on food, energy, water and of course climate change have dominated…


ICE calls for 'waste revolution' in latest State of the Nation report

“Waste Revolution” – Institution of Civil Engineers says the progression to a ‘circular economy’ – where recovered and recycled materials are high enough quality to be routinely bought back into use, reducing the demand for goods made from raw mat…


Cradle to Cradle seminar in Brussels

The practicality of the cradle to cradle approach: seminar in Brussels on the 4th of February. Speakers will present current Cradle to Cradle initiatives in the presence of the Minister Joke Schauvliege (Flemish Minister of the Environment, Natur…


"Time to get a grip on our material world"

“Time to get a grip on our material world”, says Julie Hill in The Guardian – an excellent article about the urgent need to rethink our relationship to stuff and our archaic conception of waste…

Read it HERE


"How much does a gallon of gas cost?"

“How much does a gallon of gas cost?” – a very interesting article by Newsweek’s Ezra Klein, addressing the concept of “externality”.



SD Scene's 2010 round-up

SD Scene editor Nick Saltmarsh looks back on 2010 and lists “the articles that most caught our readers’ attention in each month of the year.”

From Guerilla Gardening to Sustainable Development in higher education… Read the articles HERE:…


Cradle to Cradle children's wear in Sweden

“This is the first time a c2c product is being launched on the Swedish market, and the first line of c2c children’s wear in the world,” says Jeppe Larsen, co-founder of Bonkeli design.

The shirts are made of the c2c optimised cotton fabric from…


News - Chale Community Project receives Gold category Green Apple award

The Chale Community Project – a partnership between the people of Chale on the Isle of Wight, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Southern Housing Group – has recently been awarded a Gold category Green Apple Award for environmental best practice f…


New articles on line

Artist Jacqui Jones and Will Anderson from Cyberpac / Harmless talk about their creative approach to communicating the issues around sustainability, while we take a look at finance and the “reign of the conjurors”, as Publicis France CEO Maurice L…


New Ken Webster blog entry

It’s a puzzling old world. No sooner has the IEA’s latest outlook on world oil announced that as far as conventional and cheap-to-extract oil is concerned we are on a plateau of production and cannot expect to see the levels of 2006 again (so peak…


Follow Ten+One live on ellenmacarthurfoundation.org

For those of you unable to attend the event in Bradford, the editorial team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has been busy working on the web coverage and will bring you a live blog from the event, accessible directly on the Foundation’s homepage…


Manchester then Lille...

Giving a talk with Ken Webster in front of 500 students on Tuesday Nov. 23 at the Manchester University Leadership Programme, then going to Lille to speak at the World Forum on Friday the 26th.


Ellen's logbook - back from Holland

Over the past three days we’ve been researching further the idea of a circular economy in The Netherlands, and have been enthused and impressed by the progressive nature of what is happening there.

Read the blog HERE-…


Learning from nature: first biomimicry exhibit in Europe

biomimicryNL opens its doors to the public with the interactive exhibition ‘Biomimicry – Innovation Inspired by Nature, Our Epic Journey’. This event is a must-see for designers and innovators looking for ways to create sustainable designs. The …


Ken Webster Blog - new entry online

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Head of Learning Ken Webster takes a look at an open-source, “Lego-like” set of tools and machines designed to kick-start, anywhere in the world, a local economy and community.

Read the complete article here…


Welsh steel roofs to produce electricity

Swansea University and Tata Steel are joining forces to produce sheets of steel coated with a light-sensitive film, sheets which would be used as electricity-generating warehouse roofing. It is estimated that the technology could produce a stagger…


UN values natural resources

“The economic importance of the world’s natural assets is now firmly on the political radar”, says an official United Nations Environment Programme’s press release, "as a result of an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value…


The future of cities: a take on Paris

An exhibition currently held in the French capital shows how the city could adapt to a 2° C temperature rise and integrate sustainable solutions. Created by a group of architects and urban planners, as part of the Parisian Days of Energy and Clim…


Severn estuary barrage to be dropped

It was destined to become the world’s biggest tidal energy barrage, yet the consensus is now that the Severn estuary (between Wales and Somerset) project will not receive the necessary funding to be developed. The barrage, which had sparked contro…


Denmark aims to be fossil fuel-free by 2050

An official report published by the Danish Government’s Climate Commission (Klimakommissionen) predicts that the country could put an end to its fossil fuel dependency by 2050, relying on wind and biomass to produce its energy.

Read more and do…


Ten+One conference: book online now

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is joining forces with Bradford University to run a two day international conference on closed loop thinking.

“10 international lecturers at the cutting edge + 1 key perspective on the transition to a sustainable …


New Teachers' Toolkit asset

Free download – All you might need to create a presentation around the circular economy, and related concepts. 13 Illustrations created by Richard Crookes for the book Sense and Sustainability for use in continuing professional development worksho…


Cradle to Cradle house in the Netherlands

Faro architects of the Netherlands created a stunning C2C house, focusing their design on materials and energy, in order to comply with the passive house principles. The stylish dwelling, which has received a Passie…


Britain opens world's biggest offshore windfarm

Wind energy generation in UK reaches 5GW – enough to power all homes in Scotland.

“Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, off the Kent coast, has 100 turbines and will generate electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of over 200,000 British househ…


Moving beyond greenwash and spreading ideas

“Emerging economies are more agile in their ability to change practices”, says Harmless MD Will Anderson, creator of a range of compostable wrapping and packaging products which spark a lot of interest abroad.

Read our full interview HERE


Sustainable development in higher education

“Higher education has a unique contribution to make towards sustainable development”, says Joanna Simpson, Senior Policy Adviser, Higher Education Funding Council for England.

“University researchers were the first to alert the world to global…


Business case study: Desso

Stef Kranendijk, CEO of Desso, has decided his company would have fully closed the loop by 2020. A convincing advocate of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy, he regularly addresses business leaders and government representatives to promote a model th…


A. Allard and D. Luong win 2010 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Biodegradation of polystyrene: two young Canadians received the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their work. The competition brings together the world’s brightest young scientists to encourage their continued interest in water and th…


Official launch video now available

Watch the video shot during the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s official launch on September the 2nd at the Science Museum in London.


Read Ellen's interview in FAST Company magazine

Fast Company’s mission statement is to “empower innovators to challenge convention and create the future of business”. They caught up with Ellen MacArthur to learn about the Foundation.


Materials management and cycles on the EU agenda

As part as Belgium’s Presidency of the council of the European Union, Flemish Environment Minister Joke Schauvliege became President of the EU’s Environment Council on the first of July this year…


NEW - Business case study (video)

Ellen visits InterfaceFLOR and finds out about how the company closes the loop.


Officially launched!

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was officially launched yesterday evening at the Science Museum in London.


Welcome to my latest journey

Getting to the stage of launching our new Foundation has been a roller-coaster, not unlike sailing round the world, but this time the challenge is different.


Community ownership, bringing people around a common cause

“It’s not just about having a place to buy a paper and a pint of milk. Community-owned shops bring a whole community together around a common cause and this process is leading to other community-led actions and benefits that would not have happene…


Nobel prize laureate predicts renewable energy revolution

During a speech at the American Chemical Society’s 240th national meeting, Walter Kohn, Ph.D. (who shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and now teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara) looked at the possible responses to t…


Green Products Innovation Institute opened in California

Gathering Cradle to Cradle certified products – “The Green Products Innovation Institute Inc. (GPII) is a non-profit organization created to bring about a large scale transformation in the way we make the things we make.”


Blimps, the great return?

“Fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and other foreign luxuries could be part of a global revolution by carrying cargo around the world in airships instead of planes, one of the UK’s leading scientists has predicted.” (The Guardian)


USA to double renewable energy output by 2012

Economic stimulus investment by the federal government in the past 18 months will enable the US to double geothermal, solar and wind energy output by 2012, according to a new White House report detailed by Vice President Joe Biden.


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