Latin America is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Still, exceptionally high urbanisation rates and a commodity-based economy leave it particularly vulnerable to system shocks. The region can find significant benefits in the transition to a circular economy, that offers opportunities to create regenerative value from its abundant natural resources and boost innovation.

Regional momentum is already building around a circular economy approach, as leading businesses and governments are turning to it as a means to secure long-term prosperity while also tackling the root cause of global challenges such as plastic pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss.

For Latin America, the circular economy offers a positive way forward with opportunities to create regenerative, inclusive and distributed value from its incomparable biodiversity and build thriving local economies.

Luísa Santiago - Latin America Lead

Latin America activities

Food initiative

Igniting a food system transformation...

Circular economy in cities

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

New Plastics Economy

A circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste...

Higher education

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

Case Studies from Latin America

Balbo Group

Balbo Group

Balbo joined the family business after his graduation as an Agronomist Engineer in 1986. He soon realised that the method of harvesting used at the time...

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ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal

On one level, the steel industry is already very 'circular'. Steel, which has no significant degradation in quality after its first use, is already the...

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Belo Horizonte Computer Reconditioning Centre

Belo Horizonte Computer Reconditioning Centre

Combining resource recovery, skills training, and digital inclusion

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Latin America and the circular economy…

Since establishing its Latin American office in 2015, the Foundation has seen significant momentum building around the circular economy. And several leading organisations are already moving from idea to action.

Circular economy research and teaching have been incorporated by leading institutions, several businesses and governments have committed to building a circular economy for plastics and food, and a number of national circular economy strategies and roadmaps have been launched or initiated.

Bringing these efforts to scale requires a system-wide, multi-stakeholder approach. The Foundation is working with local leaders and innovators across business, government and academia in order to accelerate this shift.

Latin America and the circular economy…

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News & Insights from Latin America

News

Chile joins Plastics Pact network

Today, The Plastics Pact network welcomes its first Latin American Plastics Pact: El Pacto Chileno de los Plásticos.

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São Paulo joins forces with Nespresso on circular coffee project

The aim of the project is to demonstrate the benefits of transitioning to a circular economy for food.

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Latin America and the Caribbean Circular Economy Coalition launches

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Bogotá and Kyoto join the Foundation’s Food initiative

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Completing the Picture - New circular economy and climate change paper presented at the COP25

Case Study

Balbo Group: Regenerative agriculture at scale

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