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What is a circular economy? 

The circular economy is a key concept when discussing a sustainable future. The circular economy is viewed as an alternative to the currently widely adopted 'make-take-waste' linear economy. 



 The lesson plans below contain activities and fact sheets to guide learning 

Lesson plan 1:

Introduces the key concepts

of a circular economy  





Lesson plan 2:

Introduces the 6 R words of sustainability

Did you know?

The circular economy is based on three principles: 





The Ellen MacArthur Foundation work in a wide range of different areas associated with the circular economy. Check out their website for a huge range of teaching and learning resources -

Design out waste and pollution


Keep products and materials in use 


Regenerate natural systems

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