Welcome to Circulate

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is delighted to welcome you to Circulate, a new online location for news and insight on the circular economy and related subjects.

At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation we’re optimistic that the transition to a circular economy is taking place right now. Corporates, startups, educators, makers, policy makers and researchers are continually advancing circular practices in their respective disciplines, and we hear about countless developments each day that suggest a transition is in progress. Part of the challenge for those interested is keeping abreast of these developments, and we started thinking that what was needed was a platform where we could collect relevant articles to read later and share with others. Circulate began as an internal tool for the Foundation team, a careful selection of articles both relating to the circular economy explicitly, as well as those on design, education, policy, cities, resources and many other relevant topics.

Now in a public form, the content on Circulate will be split across three distinct areas, designed to enable you to keep up to date in different ways. First and foremost are Featured articles, released every fortnight. These longer insight-led articles will have a more distinct journalistic focus, provided by a range of writers. As well as contributions from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation team, there will also be voices from professional journalists, industry practitioners and experts from academia, among others. We hope you enjoy reading and sharing these articles, and using them as a stimulus for discussion. When we see a relevant news story that we feel warrants some contextualisation, we’ll offer this in the News section of the website. In this section, you’ll find a daily updated collection of news from many different industries and subjects, accompanied by comment from the Circulate editorial team. We’ll attempt to outline why developments in technology, policy, business or education support (or hinder) the transition to a circular economy. Finally, we’ll update the What We’re Reading section every day with the latest quick links recommended by our team. We think of these in the same way that many Twitter users think about retweets – just because we share it, it doesn’t necessarily mean we support the contents of the link, but feel that it should be taken into account as part of a fair and varied discussion on the transition to a circular economy.

Over the past 4 years, the circular economy has gained traction across the globe, and to reflect this we’ve invited an international network of contributors to support Circulate. In the International section of the website, you’ll find articles in a range of languages, from Russian to Portuguese and Chinese among others. From time to time there will also be articles in English that seek to explain how the circular economy is developing at a specific national or regional scale, or outstanding articles that have been translated to English.

We hope you enjoy using the lightweight website that we’ve put together, and that you visit on a daily basis to receive the latest articles and links. However, there are other ways to stay up to date. You can follow Circulate via our Twitter and Facebook accounts and sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news and thinking on the circular economy. You’ll also find our Featured articles published on Tumblr, Medium and Linkedin, if you enjoy reading there.

Feedback is a crucial aspect of the circular economy model, and is part of Circulate too. If you’ve got a recommendation for a topic or article that you think we should take a look at, please get in touch.

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The Author

Joe Iles

Joe Iles

I'm Editor in Chief of Circulate and Digital Architect at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

When I'm not discussing the circular economy, I also love talking about digital media and online trends, memes, music, bad films and good beer.

You can find me on twitter @joeiles or email joe[at]circulatenews.org

1 Comment

  1. Richard C. Collins
    April 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm — Reply

    I look forward to receiving circular economy related articles and news. I will monitor it closely and forward material to others.

    I continue to teach at the UVA and will also steer students to the site.

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