Asia accounts for around 60% of the world’s population, and Asian countries have become global manufacturing hubs. The last two decades have seen China and India - Asia’s largest economies - experience rapid growth, urbanisation, and industrialisation alongside the associated negative environmental impacts. Studies conducted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on both these economies, present significant opportunities to create new value and economic growth from the transition towards a circular economy.

"China and India can play a fundamental role in transitioning towards the circular economy to create economic, societal, and environmental benefits.”

Lukasz Holec – Ellen MacArthur Foundation, China Programme Lead

Asia activities

Circular Economy in Cities

How can we embed circular economy principles to build thriving, liveable, and re...

New Plastics Economy

Brings together key industry stakeholders to create a circular economy for plast...

Make Fashion Circular

For fashion to thrive in the future, we must join forces and design a circular e...

Food initiative

Igniting a food system transformation...

Higher Education

A global network of institutions that explore, develop, and critique ideas and p...

Asian Case Studies

Conserving materials for the next mobility revolution

Conserving materials for the next mobility revolution

GEM Co. Ltd (GEMChina) is a publicly listed urban mining, resource recycling and...

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Scaling up remanufacturing

Scaling up remanufacturing

Mechanical equipment is essential for China’s economy. Machines of all types are spread out in every corner of the country, operating in factories, powering vehicles, running medical tests and flying...

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Bike sharing with Chinese characteristics

Bike sharing with Chinese characteristics

Mobike and other bike sharing companies have spread rapidly through Chinese cities and are transforming urban mobility by offering a solution to the first and last...

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A wardrobe in the cloud

A wardrobe in the cloud

China’s growing middle classes are accelerating the fast fashion phenomenon as they demand diversity and novelty in their everyday clothing. This shift has seen China’s annual clothing sales rise...

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China and the circular economy

Applying circular economy principles in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable, and deliver living spaces with less emissions and congestion. Opportunities identified for the built environment, mobility, nutrition, textiles, and electronics, show that businesses and households could save approximately CNY 70 trillion by 2040 (16% of China’s projected GDP). Supported by the country’s leadership on circular economy policies, China’s cities are well placed to become beacons of successful circular economy transitions.

China Report

China and the circular economy

India and the circular economy

Adopting circular economy principles in India could provide annual benefits of ₹40 lakh crore (US 624 billion) by 2050. In addition to business and household savings, a circular economy development path would reduce negative impacts such as pollution and congestion, and ensure that India’s citizens are provided with the resulting health, economic, and societal benefits. India’s existing circular mindset and strong digital backbone serves as an important example for other developing countries seeking to meet their Sustainable Development Goals.

India Report

India and the circular economy

Circular economy content in Chinese Visit our Chinese website to access circular economy content.

Key Content

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Explore the Circular Design Guide

The guide introduces users to circular economy concepts and circular design thinking techniques

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Circularity Indicators

This tool provides a methodology and tools to assess how well a product or company perform in the circular economy

Circulate

Which country is leading the circular economy shift?

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What is the circular economy?

The way we design and make things is changing. We are creating a new system that can meet our needs within planetary...

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Delivering the circular economy: a toolkit for policymakers

The circular economy offers business leaders and government a clear opportunity for long-term growth...

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A Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia

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