With the world’s largest population and second largest economy, China plays a key role on the global stage. In recent years Chinese authorities have been focusing on key areas to progress circular economy in the country, including for example waste management and plastic pollution prevention and control. Challenges such as relatively low awareness and absence of demonstration models and policy contingency hinder the adoption of circular economy at scale.

We aim to have a circular economy emerging at scale in China and in trade by:

  • Bridging circular economy understanding between China and other countries
  • Mobilising along value chains – plastic, fashion and food
  • Convening and shaping implementation pilots in cities
  • Equipping businesses, designers and academia with tools to think about circular economy
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  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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

Rob Opsomer
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Rob Opsomer

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
"Today’s linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy is hugely wasteful. By rethinking industrial systems, we can secure massive benefits – but only if we collaborate. No one company, manufacturer or government can achieve circularity alone."


MAVA is allocating CHF 10 million over 5 years to this action plan


Holger Schmid

Director, Switzerland Sustainable Economy

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