Ellen MacArthur Foundation looks back on 2019

December 20, 2019

During 2019, we convened governments, businesses, and cities all over the globe to tackle topics ranging from food and cities to plastics and climate change. Here is how we did it...

2019 Highlights 02

The start of the year was defined by our report Cities and Circular Economy for Food which highlights the enormous environmental damage caused by food production. This was followed by the launch of Circular Economy in Cities, a suite of online resources, which acts as a reference point for urban policymakers on the circular economy.

The Make Fashion Circular initiative joined forces with City of New York and the fashion industry to tackle clothing waste, introducing the #WearNext campaign to make sure the city’s old clothes find a new life.

We then travelled to the Southern Hemisphere to organise our first Pacific Summit on circular economy and welcomed the first Latin American Plastics Pact: El Pacto Chileno de los Plásticos.

Halfway through the year, the Foundation released a book on Reuse which provides a framework to understand reuse models, identifies six major benefits of reuse, and maps 69 reuse examples.

Following the #WearNext campaign, the Make Fashion Circular initiative raised the bar for the fashion industry by bringing out Jeans Redesign guidelines to tackle waste and pollution alongside the harmful practices associated with the current production of jeans.

The second part of the year proved to be as busy as the first, with major cities and companies joining forces for the Food initiative and the Foundation launching an immersive Learning Hub, which gives users the opportunity to discover and explore the circular economy through curated learning paths and real-world examples.

In September, we released a new paper, Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change which reveals the need for a fundamental shift in the global approach to tackling climate change.

The New Plastics Economy initiative has been busy this year with the release of the first annual New Plastics Economy Global Commitment progress report. The report provides an unprecedented level of transparency on how almost 200 businesses and governments are reshaping the plastics system.

The biggest close out of the year was the DIF (Disruptive Innovation Festival), with over 5 million views. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the latest disruptive ideas, innovations, and stories across a range of topics from cities and food, to materials and design.

Stay tuned for 2020!

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