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Dame Ellen MacArthur

Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever. Having become aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education and business to accelerate the transition to a regenerative circular economy. She sits on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform and in her role as a circular economy leader regularly interacts with governments and international institutions. Her Foundation has published three seminal macro-economic reports featuring analysis by McKinsey, which have received accolades at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Dame Ellen has received the French Legion of Honour and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

This Is What A New Plastics Economy Could Look Like

We need a strong vision that brings together businesses, policymakers, philanthropists, NGOs and society when aiming at creating change. The New Plastics Economy provides such a vision. It is based on a new way of thinking about plastics as an effective global material flow, aligned with the principles of the circular economy. It aims to harness the benefits of plastics while addressing its drawbacks, delivering drastically better economic and environmental outcomes.
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