• Our World is Only 9% Circular

    How the linear economy is failing people and the planet and what we can do to close the global circularity gap. 


    Learn more about the key levers to close the circularity gap for good!

    “If we all map our cities, together we can map the world”

    Join us as we map circular economy initiatives in the Netherlands, during Circular Economy Mapping Week on February 7th.

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  • NEWS

    Circle Economy, a Finalist in The Circulars 2018

    We are thrilled to announce we have been selected as a Finalist in The Award for Circular Economy Public Sector for The Circulars 2018.

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  • NEWS

    Circle Economy launches the Beta version of the Knowledge Hub

    500+ inspiring examples of the circular economy in practice

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  • Reports

    The Circular Economy at Work

    Insights into circular job opportunities in the Netherlands

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  • NEWS

    Five Ways the Circular Economy Can Help Mitigate Climate Change

    Current climate solutions can deliver only part of the reductions needed to limit worldwide temperature rises to no more than 1.5C.

    Here are five ways the implementation of the circular economy can help close the gap.

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    6 Guidelines to Empower Financial Decision-Making in the Circular Economy

    How can financiers prepare for their new role in the circular economy?

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  • News

    National Postcode Lottery Continues to Support the Transition Towards a Circular Economy

    Circle Economy is grateful and honoured that National Postcode Lottery will continue its support for our mission:

    to accelerate the practical and scalable implementation of the circular economy.

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Latest News

  • It’s Real! The Fibersort is now in production

    February 15, 2018

    The Fibersort is a technology able to automatically sort large volumes of mixed post-consumer textiles based on fiber composition. These sorted materials are perfectly suited to become inputs for textile recycling processes, and commercialisation of the Fibersort will bring closed-loop textiles one step closer to reality. A solution for the growing textile waste problem In North-West Europe alone, 4650 Kt of textiles are discarded every year. That is the equivalent of 600.000 elephants! Of these

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  • The gap in the textiles industry

    February 07, 2018

    At Circle Economy, we have the distinct privilege of working with a broad range of companies, organisations and individuals to facilitate the transition to a circular economy. Our team is in a unique position to address some of the most fundamental issues of the linear world and facilitate the rise of a future without waste. The Circle Textiles Programme, one of our longest running sector initiatives, has been actively engaged in the transition to circular

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  • The Circle Economy community keeps growing!

    February 06, 2018

    Circle Economy is very proud to announce that our community keeps on growing. We would like to zoom in on seven (!) new organisations who have recently joined our Textiles Programme. VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies. Two of its iconic brands, The North Face and Timberland, will join forces with Circle Economy to identify and build new circular opportunities and jointly test and develop the Circle Fashion Tool,

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  • The Circularity Gap Report: Our World is only 9% Circular

    January 22, 2018

    Our world economy is only 9.1% circular, leaving a massive ‘Circularity Gap’. This alarming statistic is the main output of this first Circularity Gap Report, in which we launch a metric for the circular state of the planet. Taking the United Nations’ Emissions Gap Report as inspiration, the Circularity Gap Report provides a framework and fact-base to measure and monitor progress in bridging the gap, year on year. Being able to track and target performance via the

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  • From ownership to service: A new Fairphone pilot just for companies

    January 17, 2018

    From ownership to service: A new Fairphone pilot just for companies This blog post has initially been written and posted by Fairphone. It’s perfectly normal to rent an apartment. And plenty of people lease cars. But would you ever consider doing the same with a phone? What would the ideal business model be? What are the benefits for Fairphone and our community? That’s what we’re working to uncover with our recent research and a new

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  • Implementing Circular Strategies in Switzerland’s iconic cities

    January 17, 2018

    The ‘Circular Cities Switzerland’ Project is launched by Circle Economy and ecos   17 January 2018, Amsterdam. This month ecos and Circle Economy are launching the Circular Cities Switzerland project that aims to expand the breadth and depth of the circular economy dialogue in Switzerland. The project focuses on the development of tangible circular strategies in the cities of Bern and Basel – two of Switzerland’s most iconic and forward-thinking cities. The ‘Circular Cities Switzerland’ project is

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  • [Report] Financial Policy Interventions for a Circular Economy

    January 16, 2018

    POLICY INTERVENTIONS THAT HELP FINANCE THE CIRCULAR TRANSITION   In 2016, The Dutch government set ambitious goals for a transition to circularity, aiming for a fully circular economy by 2050 and halving the use of raw materials by 2030. In a joint policy paper, Sustainable Finance Lab and Circle Economy outline the monumental task that the Dutch government is facing, including the financial bottlenecks that are impeding the circular transition and what the government can

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  • New Report: The circular phone

    January 08, 2018

    A practical toolkit for Product-as-a-Service models   Amsterdam, 08.01.2018. Today Sustainable Finance Lab, Circle Economy, Fairphone, PGGM, ING, ABN AMRO, NBA,  Allen & Overy, and Circularise, have teamed up within a Community of Practice and launch the report The Circular Phone that provides practical answers to common financing pitfalls for circular businesses, using Fairphone as the real-life example. All learnings and contract templates created during the project are now available open-source and ready for other

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  • Arming the workforce for a circular revolution: skills and labour in a circular economy

    January 04, 2018

    Digital technologies are pivotal in creating a circular economy.   The Fourth Industrial Revolution is in full swing. Enormous leaps in computing, connectivity, and nano-, digi-, and bio-technologies are not only radically changing how we go about our daily lives, but fundamentally opening up new possibilities to propel the transition to the circular economy. The increasingly ‘smart’ world that we find ourselves in is allowing us to track and process vast quantities of data about

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  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Circular Economy

    January 02, 2018

    This article was originally published in Circulate News, and written by Shyaam Ramkumar, our Knowledge and Innovation Manager.   We are entering an exciting time in the evolution of technology: The Fourth Industrial Revolution. This revolution will fundamentally change the way we live, work and interact with each other. It introduces a whole new range of opportunities for societal transformation, with breakthroughs in fields such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and blockchain that are further

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  • All we want for Christmas is a circular world

    December 10, 2017

    The countdown to Christmas is almost over, and while we have been good this year, we are not going to ask for a lot this holiday season- only this: put circularity at the top of your shopping list, and join us in our movement to go #beyondblahblah. Our gift to you: an Instagram advent calendar to showcase circular products as gift ideas for your loved ones, share inspiring stories of how others are moving straight

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  • Circle Economy, a Finalist in The Award for Circular Economy Public Sector

    December 05, 2017

    Who is making the world a better place?   We are thrilled to announce we have been selected as a Finalist in The Award for Circular Economy Public Sector for The Circulars 2018. The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, run in collaboration with Accenture Strategy,  is the world’s premier circular economy award program. The awards are open to individuals and organizations from commerce and civil

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  • New Report: Building the future: Applying circular business models to the built environment

    December 01, 2017

    Giving buildings a second life – circularity in the build environment and construction sector   “A Future-Proof Built Environment” is a report co-launched by ABN AMRO and Circle Economy. The facts are clear: Currently, 40% of all extracted minerals worldwide are used in the built environment. Luckily the sector has started to wake up and some companies are now leading the way. This report highlights real-life and practical examples on how to rethink the way

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  • Glasgow takes 50 steps closer to future proofing the city’s SMEs

    November 16, 2017

    Circular Gasglow:  facilitating today’s change, shaping tomorrow’s business.   Today (November 16th) sees Circular Glasgow embark on a recruitment campaign designed to facilitate 50 Glasgow based businesses to prepare for the future. Circular Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, will connect with companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical tools. The team aims to complete 50 Circle

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  • New report: Policy levers for a low-carbon circular economy

    November 15, 2017

    November 15, 2017 – Circle Economy is delighted to announce the publication of its latest policy report, “Policy levers for a low-carbon circular economy”. The report was officially announced at the UNFCCC’s panel on the circular economy’s potential to contribute to climate action in developing countries today, and provides concrete policy recommendations to catalyse the transition and tap into the circular economy’s potential. Climate change mitigation and circular economy policies are attracting significant attention from

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  • Beyond Green: First impressions and key take-aways

    November 10, 2017

      On the 20th of October, in partnership with the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Circle Economy held the 2017 edition of their signature circular textiles event, Beyond Green, at HEMA’s beautiful headquarters in Amsterdam North. Beyond Blah Blah: 5 Steps to Circularity took the 400 students and industry guests in the room on an inspirational – and educational – journey towards a circular fashion industry, with speakers as bold, creative, and international as Walt Disney’s Vanessa

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  • Invest and collaborate! (Step 5)

    November 07, 2017

    A systemic transition is necessary for the textile industry to reclaim the human, economic, and environmental value lost in today’s linear system. Brands, retailers, innovators, and governments are looking for solutions to reduce the negative impact of textiles, and they have begun to focus on creating a circular industry to displace the use of virgin fibers upstream and eliminate textile waste downstream. Increasing consumer awareness has also lifted the curtain on the unpalatable practices of

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  • Shout! and engage your consumer (Step 4)

    October 19, 2017

    This is the fourth step of our 5-step plan to circularity. Catch up on step 1, step 2, and step 3 first. Consumers have never been in a better position to leverage their agency in influencing the brands around them. As they are increasingly take on even more of an active role on the way to a circular economy – remember that they’re the ones to become suppliers to closed-loop systems and hence essential agents

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  • How do YOU go #beyondblahblah?

    October 09, 2017

      It’s not all blah blah in the circular fashion world. Initiatives and efforts to move beyond intent already exist – brands, recyclers, collectors, sorters, and consumers are all actively taking a role in closing the loop in fashion. LET’S SHOUT IT LOUD AND CLEAR!  Whether you’re a brand sourcing recycled content, a charity collecting post consumer textiles, or a consumer who buys secondhand clothing, we want to hear from you! Use the hashtag #beyondblahblah

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  • What’s in your closet? AUAS research aims to reduce the Dutch “Clothing Mountain”

    October 02, 2017

    What exactly lies in the average Dutch closet? How often do the Dutch buy new items – and do they actually wear them? Or do new jackets and jeans just lie around in the bottom of their closets, gathering dust? The survey Measuring the Dutch Clothing Mountain; carried out by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), explored these questions (and more) and found that a Dutch closet typically contains 173 items of clothing, of which

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  • Circle Economy Launches Circle Built Environment Programme

    September 28, 2017

    September 28, 2017 –  Circle Economy is excited to announce the launch of its Built Environment programme. On September 27, Circle Economy hosted a Deep Dive into the built environment, where key industry players in the Netherlands – including Wim Beelen, Renewi, Architecten Cie, and BeingDevelopment – explored the solutions and action plans that the sector can already start working on to move towards circularity. Insights throughout the session were shared on Twitter and will

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  • Circle Economy board member Louise Vet awarded the highest honour of the British Ecological Society

    September 25, 2017

    The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) director and professor Louise Vet has been awarded the highest honour of the British Ecological Society. This Honorary Membership recognises exceptional contributions at international level to the generation, communication and promotion of ecological knowledge and solutions. Other people that currently hold such memberships include Dame Georgina Mace and Sir David Attenborough. The British Ecological Society (BES) announced in total 9 different awards and prizes for ‘outstanding ecologists’, with only

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  • Celebrating Circularity at Davos

    September 14, 2017

    The Circulars are looking for innovators and pioneers to shine a light on at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting next year. Are you one of them?

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  • HEMA to host and sponsor Beyond Green 2017

    September 11, 2017

    Circle Economy and the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) are delighted to announce HEMA as the lead sponsor and host for the 2017 edition of Beyond Green, held on October 20th at the HEMA headquarters in Amsterdam.

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  • Be the supply (Step 3)

    August 31, 2017

    There’s more to take-back than taking back.

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  • Circle Economy partners with Fashion for Good

    August 25, 2017

    Circle Economy is delighted to announce a new partnership with Fashion for Good, the global initiative to make all fashion good. Through this partnership, Circle Economy and Fashion for Good will work together to encourage the widespread adoption and implementation of circular principles, strategies and technologies in the fashion industry.

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  • The Missing Link: Open Office Hours (Recap)

    August 15, 2017

    As circularity gains new ground, our team of textiles experts continue to work hard on ensuring the missing link to close the loop in fashion is accounted for.

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  • Design out waste! (Step 2)

    August 11, 2017

    Finding the creativity in constraints.

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  • Knowledge Hub: Learn, Discover, Contribute

    August 01, 2017

    Circle Economy is excited to launch the Beta version of our Knowledge Hub! Throughout the past 5 years, we have discovered countless inspiring and innovative case studies, articles, and reports that highlight the circular economy in practice. Now we want to share them with you!

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  • 5 actions to mobilise climate finance for the circular economy

    July 31, 2017

    Climate change and the circular economy: Part 4.

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  • Access Over Ownership: The Road to Fairphone-as-a-Service

    July 26, 2017

    Fairphone and knowledge partners join forces in a Community of Practice.

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  • 5 opportunities for the circular economy to strengthen the Paris Agreement

    July 24, 2017

    Climate change and the circular economy: Part 3.

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  • 5 ways the circular economy can raise the ambition of climate policies and strategies

    July 17, 2017

    This is the second of four blogs in the Climate change and the circular economy series. Read part 1 here. By Jelmer Hoogzaad (Shifting Paradigms) and Matthieu Bardout (Circle Economy) Around 21 percent of the resources we extract* are fossil fuels that are used to extract, transport and process materials; as well as to deliver, use and dispose of products. As a result, 67 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are related to material management**. Limiting global

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  • Be the Demand! (Step 1)

    July 09, 2017

    The road to circularity starts at the source.

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  • 5 questions to understand why the circular economy contributes to climate change mitigation

    July 07, 2017

    Climate change and the circular economy: Part 1.

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  • Wolkat joins Circle Economy’s membership

    July 03, 2017

    We are very proud to welcome Wolkat, a one-of-a-kind player in the circular textiles arena, to our Circle Membership! Wolkat is a family-owned, textile-to-textile recycling company, and they are passionate about creating a world where post-consumer textile waste is no longer seen as waste, but as the valuable, raw material it can be. Wolkat sorts and turns textiles into new textiles products for the fashion, car, and furniture industries — all under one roof. Their

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  • Circle Economy Welcomes Fiona van ‘t Hullenaar to its Cooperative Board

    June 29, 2017

    As of 22 June, Fiona van ‘t Hullenaar joined Circle Economy’s Cooperative Board. She brings with her over 20 years of corporate experience, an extensive network, and leadership experience and will work alongside our current board members, Robert-Jan van Ogtrop, Herman Wijffels, Dr. Louise Vet, and Martijn Lopes Cardozo.

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  • Springboarding the circular economy, one circular hotspot at a time

    June 20, 2017

    Circular islands in overwhelmingly linear seas are no doubt a great start, but we are eager to see the islands multiply and grow until no linear waters can ever surround them again.

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  • Walking the Walk: How the circular textiles movement can turn intent to action

    June 15, 2017

    The past quarter brought with it many exciting developments in the circular fashion and textiles arena. March saw both the launch of Fashion for Good and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Fibres Initiative; April brought promise in the form of the EU waste policy reform; and May heralded the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Spring has sprung in the circular textiles world, and the seed of change has been firmly planted. So what’s next? The picture

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