Resources and Tools to get started

For this page we selected interesting resources on circular economy. You can find circular economy publications such as reports, books and recent studies. In addition, you can also find tools which include circular toolkits, platforms and more.The resources provide you with practical information about the circular economy and the steps you can take for this transition, as an organisation or entrepreneur.


The Circular Design Guide

The Circular Design Guide was developed by design agency IDEO in collaboration with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation with input from leading companies. It contains 24 methods in the field of discovery, definition, production and marketing. The website also offers various downloads with which companies can get a grip on the circular economy.

Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities (2019)

In this guidebook, cities have been classified into four broad categories of whether a city is a legacy city or a pioneering city in a developed or an emerging economy. Based on the classification several examples from cities across the continents have been documented which have already embarked upon the journey to being more circular.

Organising for the Circular Economy - A Workbook for Developing Circular Business Models.

The workbook ‘Organizing for the Circular Economy – A Workbook for Developing Circular Business Models‘ supports companies and other organisations that aim to become circular by providing a unique model that highlights the various building blocks of circular business models. A concrete step-by-step approach allows organisations to work on the development of their own circular business model.

Circular Economy.Earth

This platform has been developed by Chatham House to allow users to explore the policy and trade dynamics associated with transitioning from linear to circular economic models as well as providing analyses of the opportunities and trade-offs associated with such transitions.

Circle Lab - knowledge hub

Circle Lab is an open online platform where 3,000+ case studies and reports are shared from over the whole world. It includes both business and policy cases and you can easily search through all documents with help of  filters for location, type of impact and more.

Circulytics - Circularity measurement tool

Circulytics uses the widest set of indicators currently available. This tool:

  • Measures a company’s entire circularity, not just products and material flows
  • Supports decision making and strategic development for circular economy adoption
  • Demonstrates strengths and highlights the areas for improvement
  • Provides optional transparency to investors and customers about a company’s circular economy adoption
  • Delivers unprecedented clarity about circular economy performance.

Circular Economy toolkit for policymakers

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation developed the circular economy toolkit with key collaborators. This toolkit describes a methodology for circular economy policymaking. It also explores a range of policy options that Denmark – the country of the report’s pilot study – could choose to pursue.

Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 fundamental concepts of system thinking.

Leyla Acaroglu drafted key insights and tools needed to develop and advance a systems mindset for dealing with complex problem solving and transitioning to the Circular Economy. This online toolkit is to help expand the ability of professionals to rapidly adapt to a systems mindset for positive impact.

The Policy Hub

The policy hub unites the apparel and footwear industry to speak in one voice and proposes policies that accelerate circular practices.

One Planet Network (2019)

One Planet Network collects materials and informs on events of UNEP and its partners around the topic. UNEP aims to provide leadership and convene partners to develop knowledge and solutions to advance on sustainable and more circular textile value chains. This website collects materials and informs on events of UNEP and its partners around the topic.

UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, bringing together various UN agencies

The United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is an initiative of United Nations agencies and allied organizations designed to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through coordinated action in the fashion sector. Specifically, the Alliance works to support coordination between UN bodies working in fashion and promoting projects and policies that ensure that the fashion value chain contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets