Study confirms need for urgent transition to a circular economy for plastic

The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ have released Breaking the Plastic Wave, one of the most comprehensive and analytically robust studies ever produced on ocean plastics. As a thought partner of the report the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, along with University of Oxford, University of Leeds, and Common Seas, has contributed its expertise on the circular economy and the plastics value chain. Read our perspective here. Breaking the Plastic Wave shows that plastic pollution is rapidly outpacing efforts to stop it. By 2040, if we fail to act, the volume of…

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Unilever renews strategic partnership with Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation are delighted to announce that the Foundation and Unilever have renewed their Strategic Partnership for a further three years. Unilever, one of the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies, has long supported the global transition to a circular economy and first joined the Foundation as a partner in 2014. The renewed partnership will focus on raising the ambition level in the transition towards a circular economy for plastic in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. It will also focus on building the momentum towards creating a circular…

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes IKEA as Strategic Partner

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation are delighted to announce that IKEA has joined them as a Strategic Partner as it works towards becoming a circular business by 2030. The partnership between Inter IKEA Group and the Foundation, announced today, will focus on putting the home furnishing business on the global circular map and accelerating the transition to a circular economy within IKEA and beyond. Working together, one of our first projects will be to develop a common glossary of terms to support an industry-wide transition. To become circular is one of…

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Emma Hislop becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s first Artist in Residence

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation are very pleased to announce their first Artist in Residency (AiR) project – led by research-based artist, Emma Hislop, who lives and works in Glasgow. Over the one month virtual residency which began on the 1st of June, Emma will be exploring the question, ‘How can art shape the economy for the better?’ The Ellen MacArthur Foundation are excited to see how her approach and working process can bring fresh perspectives to our work in accelerating the transition to a circular economy. “I’m excited that this…

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17 more fashion brands sign up to The Jeans Redesign

17 brands including Wrangler, ICICLE, and Banana Republic, have joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign project. The Jeans Redesign was launched by the Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative in July 2019, setting out guidelines that set minimum requirements on garment durability, material health, recyclability, and traceability. The Guidelines are based on the principles of a circular economy and will work to ensure jeans last longer, can easily be recycled, and are made in a way that is better for the environment and the health of garment workers. These brands…

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