The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has been awarded £400,000 by People's Postcode Lottery players to support its work to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
In contrast to today's outdated, take-make-dispose industrial model, a circular economy aims to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.
For the past three years, People's Postcode Lottery players have supported the Foundation's work to end plastic waste, through its New Plastics Economy initiative. During 2018 and beyond, the new funding will support the Foundation's education, research, and communications programmes, and projects including new work on cities and a circular economy for food.
Dame Ellen MacArthur, the charity's founder, said, "Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has been instrumental to our work to help redesign global plastics systems - thus keeping plastics in the economy and out of the ocean. I am delighted that continued support through this new award will help the Foundation to expand its programmes across education, research and communications, to create a shift towards a circular economy, one that can work in the long term."
To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £263 Million for over 4,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.