Knowledge and Insight - The circular economy

Eliminating plastic pollution and moving towards a circular economy

Twelve months after the launch of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, has published its first annual progress report. 

It provides an unprecedented level of transparency on how almost 200 businesses and governments are changing and reducing their plastic production and use.

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Rathbone Greenbank Review Investor Day 2019

At our event this year, on the theme of the ‘circular economy’, our expert speakers offered their insight into the scale of the problem represented by the current ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model, while sharing their thoughts on how a shift away from a linear economy is possible.

We are witnessing a step change in public attitudes towards sustainability and the environment. There is a growing awareness of the need for us all to take personal responsibility for the preservation of our world, and of the urgency with which we must act.

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Closing the lid on global packaging waste

Packaging serves a range of purposes. When designed well, it protects goods across increasingly long supply chains and can extend the life of food and beverage products, helping to minimise wastage, while also offering protection against contamination.

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What is a circular economy?

The traditional 'take-make-dispose' economic model of production and consumption is inherently problematic. It is heavily dependent on the use of finite resources to satisfy increasing demand for products, leading to production methods and consumer habits that exacerbate problems of resource waste and environmental pollution.

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