Media Centre

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the Foundation has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

Read our news or find out more about what we do

Visit our sister websites:

Contact for media enquiries

Rose Ely

Clare Mucklow

Tel: +44 1983 296463


What is the circular economy?

The circular economy is an economic system that decouples growth from the consumption of finite resources. In contrast with our traditional, linear “take-make-dispose” economy, a circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. The concept distinguishes between technical and biological cycles.

 circular economy preserves and enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields, and minimises system risks by managing finite stocks and renewable flows. It works effectively at every scale.

Read more about the circular economy concept, including circular economy principles and identities.

What examples exist of the circular economy in practice?

Circular economy initiatives are already being implemented by very different organisations around the world. Our circular economy case studies library contains a selection of best practice examples intended to inform, inspire and stimulate research.

Visit our circular economy news portal, Circulate, for news and analysis of how organisations are implementing circular business models, and related topics.

Where can I find the latest circular economy news and analysis?

Visit our circular economy news portal, Circulate, for authoritative news, analysis and features on the circular economy and related topics.

Can I use the Ellen MacArthur Foundation logo?

Please contact us if you would like to use the Ellen MacArthur Foundation logo, stating the name of your media platform and the purpose for which the logo would be used.

Where can I find Ellen MacArthur’s biography?

Ellen MacArthur’s short biography below is suitable for media articles. If you need additional details, please contact us.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, United Kingdom - Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, member of the Club of Rome.

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing in 2009 to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which works with education, business and analysis to accelerate the transition to a restorative and regenerative circular economy. Ellen MacArthur sat on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform, and her Foundation has published three seminal macro-economic reports featuring analysis by McKinsey, which have received accolades at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Dame Ellen regularly interacts with various European governments and institutions such as the OECD, and received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.