ACS join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network as an emerging innovator

ACS is honoured to join the world’s leading circular economy network, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as an emerging innovator. Becoming a member of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Network will provide excellent opportunities for ACS to collaborate with like-minded organisations in the drive towards a circular economy. 

ABOUT THE ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. The Foundation works with, and inspires, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.

WHAT IS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

Driven by design, a circular economy eliminates waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems, creating benefits for society, the environment, and the economy. Increasingly based on renewable energy and materials, it is a distributed, diverse, and inclusive economic model. Unlike the linear ‘take, make, waste’ system, a circular economy aims to keep products and materials in use for as long as possible. This is achieved through reuse, repair, sharing, repurposing, remanufacturing, and recycling materials to form a ‘closed-loop’ system.

WHY IS THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IMPORTANT?

The circular economy is a systems solution framework that creates long-term economic growth and also tackles some of the biggest global challenges we face, such as climate change, waste and pollution, and biodiversity loss. The linear economy is unsustainable. Shifting towards a circular economy and scaling circular economy solutions will benefit the environment and create opportunities for long-term growth and resilience, jobs, and innovation.

ENABLING CLOTHING RENTAL AND RESALE

ACS is the largest rental and resale fulfilment centre in Europe. In summary, ACS offers an end-to-end turnkey solution that ensures the shift towards a circular economy is efficient. Included in this solution, ACS extend the life of clothing and divert vast quantities of textiles away from landfill by making sure clothing is used and reused. Currently, the fashion industry is resource-intensive and highly polluting. However, adopting a rental or resale model allows retailers to embrace circularity whilst allowing them to decouple growth from the mass production of textiles. Overall, this has a positive impact on the economy and the environment.

ACS is delighted to be a part of this prestigious network of change-makers.