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Circular Economy

Selections made by top experts for an audience new to this topic

System design
Natural regeneration

Why does it matter? 

The circular economy is a sustainability topic about transforming how we use and produce goods. It is "no longer a question of whether climate related issues matter, but rather how to tackle them."  According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an NGO in this space, broadly applied circular economy principles could both positive increase GDP growth (600b EUR in by 2030) and also lower the indirect costs of pollution and waste by 1.8t EUR in 2030).

Entry points

What if we don't buy products and we buy service

The basics of the circular economy by Ellen MacArthur

Selected articles and texts

Deep dive: long form content to further your understanding

The Waste-Free World: How the Circular Economy Will Take Less, Make More, and Save the Planet


Sustainability expert Ron Gonen argues that the next business revolution is in pivoting towards sustainable practices that contribute to a greener and healthier planet. Ron Gonen proposes that a partnership of values between consumers and businesses will define the economy of our age. 


Want to join the circular economy but don’t know where to start? This award-winning book will guide you towards understanding the principles and practicalities of investing in a circular approach to business.

A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business

The Architecture of Waste: Design for a Circular Economy (2020)


Our world is faced with a waste crisis of our own making. Barely any aspect of life is spared, including in the cultural, political, and manufacturing spheres. This book talks about how architects can contribute their skills towards reducing waste and building towards a circular economic model that works for all.

Forget Mars: Circular Economy, The Next Big Business Opportunity (2019)


When some people contemplate how the world is becoming an increasingly hostile place to live in due to environmental pollution, they immediately think of escaping to a different planet and starting over. This book argues that it is time to discard that mindset and invest in creating a sustainable earth via the circular economy.

A healthy economy is designed to thrive, not grow 

In this Ted talk, Kate Raworth explains how unbridled, wasteful economic growth is no longer sustainable. Instead, the world needs to invest in growth that allows businesses and people to thrive without contributing to devastating waste.

Upcyling Example - preloved in Toronto

In this mini-documentary, learn how a Canadian eco- fashion brand, preloved, is upcycling 100,000 old sweaters per year.

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