Teach young people about the circular economy

Young students using foldable telescopes

The Ellen Macarthur Foundation has produced lesson plans for 12-19 year olds to provide a good introduction to the circular economy. It can be taught in sequence or as stand-alone lessons.

Only 5% of the material value of plastic packaging is retained for subsequent use.



  • Comprehensive lesson plans
  • Links to additional media, including videos
  • Lessons can be taught in order or as a standalone


  • Aimed at experienced teachers but could be used by others

Making a difference

The circular economy can reduce global CO2 emissions from cement, steel, plastic, and aluminium by 40% by 2050.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution

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