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Circularity & Zero Waste Organizations



Buy Nothing is a chapter-based organization that offers ways for community members to "give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors." Search their directory to see if your local community has a chapter!


Break Free from Plastic is a global movement aiming to mitigate plastic pollution in any way possible! They have been a lobbied for plastic bag bans, encouraged college campuses to go plastic free, advocated for corporate sustainability. and distributed a plethora of petitions to engage citizens! If you are interested in reducing single-use plastic definitely check them out!

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Circular Ecology is an environmental consulting firm, specifically focused on resource conservation and balancing the impact of circular solutions against other environmental externalities. They specialize in carbon footprinting, water footprinting, life cycle assessment (LCA), and resource efficiency.


Circular Economy Institute is an incredible hub of circular economy research, seminars, training and publications. They also have a Circular Economy Club that connects professionals in the field as well as certificate programs and a consortium of companies exhibiting circularity.

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Circul'R is a group aiming to raise awareness about the circular economy and connect companies, institutions and start-ups doing good work! They heavily focus on knowledge sharing to speed up our transition to a circular economy for groups of all sizes! 


Closed Loop Partners is an investment firm providing finances for products, services and infrastructure geared towards advancing the circular economy--in every phase from collection to process to design to consumption.

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to a circular economy through research and collaboration with business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to scale solutions.


Fashion Revolution is a registered charity campaigning for a "clean, safe, fair, transparent, and accountable fashion industry" through "research, education, collaboration, mobilisation and advocacy." They also release an annual Fashion Transparency Index.

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NERC is a non-profit conducting research and projects related to a full life cycle approach to reducing waste--from preferred purchasing and source reduction to recycling and composting. They also have training and seminars to engage more people with their mission.


The Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) works with college campuses and individual students to advocate for a zero waste future. The inform students about the waste crisis and provide them with skills and resources to create solutions!



ReFED is a data-driven non-profit organization aimed at reducing food waste in the United States. They look at sources of waste from the farm to the fork and support innovative solutions that can help to reduce that waste. 


The Upcycle Movement is a "hub for upcycled design." They're a community organization activating a change in the meaning of "waste," and they are particularly savvy in combatting textile pollution.

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WRAP is a registered charity working with businesses, individuals and communities to create a circular economy and encourage the more efficient use of resources. They specifically offer business voluntary agreements, citizen behavior change, technical support, grants and investments, and policy insights.


The Zero Waste International Alliance is the internationally recognized source for Zero Waste standards, policies and best practices for communities and businesses. They aim to raise community awareness of waste issues and connects them with experts in the field.

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