Circular Economy Glossary


New glossary on circular economy

The Partnership Secretariat has, in cooperation with the Expert Group Circular Economy created a glossary on circular economy. It contains many common terms and categories, from the waste hierarchy to life cycle analysis and different types of materials. On the one hand, it serves as a reference work and, on the other hand, is intended to facilitate a common basic understanding of certain terms in the field of circular economy within the expert group.

This year, the Circular Economy Expert Group is working on these topics in particular: Sustainable Design, Recycling and Collection, Sorting and Re-Use.

Further Information on Circular Economy

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation also published a glossary on circular economy: Finding a common language — the circular economy glossary (

News article (in German) about a workshop of the expert group CE together with Circular Fashion. TextilWirtschaft Sonderheft Systainability & Styles (September 2021)