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What is a Circular Economy?

Plastic Bottles

From the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:

A circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Regenerate natural systems

Rethinking Business

A circular economy is not business as usual. To reach a circular economy, business practices will need to undergo a profound transformation. For example, new business centered around the collection, transportation, transformation, and redistribution of waste products will arise, while at the same time existing business will need to modify their current practices to integrate circular economy principles.

World Circular Economy Forum 2021

The 2020 World Circular Economy forum has been postponed and will be hosted in Toronto in 2021. New dates have yet to be announced

Government of Canada, 2 December 2019: Canada to host the World Circular Economy Forum 2020 in Toronto Government of Canada, 5 May 2020: World Circular Economy Forum in Toronto postponed until 2021

World Economic Forum

World Circular Economy Forum in Toronto postponed until 2021


World Economic Forum

Towards the circular economy: Accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains


Close The Loop Ontario

Economic Development Research For The Circular Economy

EU Science Hub

Circular Economy Hub

CE Guide

Circular Economy Practitioner Guide