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Circular Economy: The Basics

What is Circular Economy?

The resources below will help you get acquainted with the concept of circular economy and foundational resources in the field.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Overview & Educational Resources

The leading think-tank on circular economy provides an overview of what the circular economy is, who is already practicing it, and how you can get involved. Their Kumu map provides links to all their our educational resources, which include videos, lesson plans, presentations, graphics and articles.

European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

This online exchange platform includes discussion forums, best practices, a report database, lists of EU circular synergy networks, and an event calendar.

Pathways Toward a German Circular Economy

A preliminary study from the Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland on the benefits, barriers, and proposals for bringing about a circular economy in Germany.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Beginner

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English, French
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Report
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English, German
  • Level: All levels

TED Radio Hour: Circular

This US-based radio show features an hour of TED speakers exploring circular systems that regenerate and re-use what we already have.

Circle Lab Knowledge Hub

Explore over 1,000 case studies and example, articles, reports, and other resources on the circular economy.

Circular Economy Club- Resource Center

A resource center containing reports, funding opportunities, podcasts, books, and more from the global Circular Economy Club community.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Podcast
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Beginner

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Report
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English, German
  • Level: All levels

Next Economy Now

This podcast highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, equitable, transparent, and whole-systems approach to using business as a force for good.

Sustainability Defined

An acclaimed monthly podcast that defines sustainability terms and concepts.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Podcast
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Podcast
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Beginner

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