The linear model of economic production cannot create prosperity for a growing world population without severe negative impact on natural systems.

Circular economy offers an alternative by reducing raw material input and waste to a minimum through designing products for circularity – reuse, repurpose, recycle.

Only a cross-sectoral systemic approach can drive significant and lasting change.

We aim to create replicable circular economy models that address city challenges, and create EU and national legislation that promotes replication of these models by:

  • increasing city engagement with circular economy
  • increasing leadership in thought and action
  • advocating for ambitious circular economy policies within the EU Green Deal
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The ambitions to accelerating circular economy practice


  • Chatham House
  • Circle Economy
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • European Environmental Bureau
  • Food Packaging Forum Foundation (FPF)
  • Plastic Solutions Fund
  • Systemiq
  • Zero Waste Europe

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of all our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation.
These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Nicky Davies

Nicky Davies

Plastic Solutions Fund
I believe in people power. We can create a world without plastic pollution, but we’re taking on some of the most powerful interests on the planet, so we need to force change – it won’t happen on its own.


MAVA has allocated CHF 22 million over 6 years to this action plan.

Substantial additional funding is provided by other coordinated and aligned projects.


Holger Schmid

Director, Switzerland Sustainable Economy

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