Ellen MacArthur Foundation – Education resources

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an independent charity which supports schools and teachers in using the framework of a ‘circular economy’ to present a real alternative for students to discuss and debate. They have worked with teachers, subject associations and education professionals to develop a wide range of free downloadable teaching resources focused on the ‘circular economy’.

Lesson plans mainly focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineeering and maths) but business studies, geography and citizenship also feature. Resources are suitable for ages 12 to 19. Examples of topics include:

  • the future of energy
  • metal extraction and recycling
  • car batteries and electric cars
  • rethinking the design of products and buildings
  • food packaging for festivals
  • creating useful materials from the by-products of orange juice manufacture.

To download some of the resources you need to register, but they are all free. You can also sign up for updates. And as well as the lesson plans, there are lots of presentations, articles and film clips providing background information for teachers and students.

The concept of the ‘circular economy’ is explained in this short film clip:


Items available

    • Website (free)
    • A set of four lesson plans exploring the concept of the 'circular economy'.
    • Visit website
    • Website (free)
    • A useful curriculum-linked 'resources map' where you can explore all resources on the site.
    • Visit website
    • PDF
    • Powerpoint
    • Film

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