9 Best Articles on Circular Economy
The most useful articles on circular economy from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Circular Economy Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on circular economy by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- Amsterdam Is Embracing a New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Replace Capitalism?
- Waste Not, Want Not
- Circular Economy in Fashion and in Your Closet
- We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup
Watch a video to get a quick overview.
A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow
What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on life's essentials -- and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet's ecological limits.
Short on time? Check out these useful short articles on circular economy—all under 10 minutes.
Waste Not, Want Not
Sewage is a vital part of a circular economy—and we have the tech to make good use of it. Why don’t we?
Circular Economy in Fashion and in Your Closet
Circular economy in fashion is gaining ground. Here's what that means, why it's good, and how it ties into minimalism and your wardrobe.
Repairing – not recycling – is the first step to tackling smartphone e-waste from smartphones
The ability to repair phones will be key to conserving resources, tackling e-waste and climate mitigation, and building a circular economy for electronics.
"The circular economy is needed to get to net-zero emissions"
Designers and brands must go beyond recycling and focus on making bigger, systems-level changes to help the world move to a circular economy – and ultimately reach its net-zero goals, says Ellen MacArthur.
Traditional, “take-make-dispose” economies have had devastating impacts on people and the environment. But the circular economy model has the potential to trigger far-reaching change, and put the world on track to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. While the predominant approach to economic growth has created vast amounts of waste to profit relatively few people, a circular model could treat waste as a design flaw and generate more distributed and inclusive systems. Ultimately, it offers an opportunity to rethink, redesign, and reconceptualize economies to better address human needs and make more efficient use of natural resources - and its relatively nascent state makes it ripe for innovation. This briefing is based on the views of a wide range of experts from the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and is curated in partnership with Rahmin Bender-Salazar, Lecturer, and Stefano Pascucci, Visiting Researcher, at Wageningen University & Research, and Domenico Dentoni, Full Professor and co-holder of the Communication and Organizing for Sustainability Transformation (COAST) Chair, Montpellier Business School.
These are some of the most-read long-form articles on circular economy.
Amsterdam Is Embracing a New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Replace Capitalism?
It’s the first time a major city has attempted to put doughnut theory into action on a local level
Our global food system discards 46 million tonnes of fish each year. Why?
We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup
We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo, says George Monbiot
We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Circular Economy, including:
Boston Consulting Group
Official global account of Boston Consulting Group. Highlights of our work, initiatives, people, partnerships, and more. Also @BCGhenderson & @bcgx_
World Economic Forum
The international organization for public private cooperation.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
We develop the idea of a #circulareconomy which eliminates waste and pollution, circulates products and materials, and regenerates nature by design.
Online magazine that draws on scholarly research @JSTOR. Offers fresh insight into current affairs. Subscribe for free: http://daily.jstor.org/newsletter
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