Buildings are material intensive, consuming over half the world’s extracted materials and generating roughly one third of waste globally. Across the Lower Mainland, about 2,500 single family homes are demolished every year, each averaging 50 tonnes of wood waste. New municipal bylaws requiring demolition recycling are helping keep that wood available as a resource and build the green economy.
What other circular economy principles can best prevent waste and shift practices in this sector?
We’ve enlisted four panellists with shared aspirations and unique perspectives to examine the issue during our afternoon session ‘The Built Environment’ at the 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. Join us on Nov. 3 to gain the benefits of their knowledge and experience.
August 17th was National Thrift Shop Day in Canada. Thrift retailer Value Village, one of the organizations joining the Reuse and Repair discussion at the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, marked the occasion with a unique art installation highlighting the issue of textile waste and the role consumers can play in reducing the amount of textiles that end up in landfills. Tony Shumpert, Value Village’s Vice President of Reuse and Recycling, was on hand to explain the rationale behind the ‘Give A Sh!rt’ campaign and his work with the Circular Economy Working Group of the National Zero Waste Council.
Neri Oxman coined the phrase ‘material ecology.’ Now she’s designing a revolution. Oxman’s work harnesses natural processes and innovative thinking to create ground-breaking designs for everything from building materials to haute couture. Oxman is bringing her big ideas to Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference on November 3, 2016, as the keynote speaker for the 6th annual event. This is a unique opportunity to hear a leading thinker at the forefront of zero waste and circular economy principles. Register now and join us for this educational and inspiring opportunity!
Design for Compostability: Success Stories within the Value Chain
Product designers seeking to close the loop on waste often look in the direction of compostability. But some innovations inadvertently create products and packaging which won’t degrade in existing large scale compost facilities. This can be due to design, composting technology, or processing conditions. So, what does effective design for compostability and facility acceptance look like? A webinar hosted by the National Zero Waste Council and moderated by Alan Blake, Co-Lead, National Zero Waste Council Product Design & Packaging Working Group, featured an expert panel offering valuable insights from their experiences in their daily operations.
Chris Diplock of Ponder Research addresses the audience during a panel on the sharing economy
Global Expertise Delivers Optimistic Plan for Zero Waste World
An enthusiastic audience of more than 500 delegates gathered at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre for Metro Vancouver’s 5th annual Zero Waste Conference held on Thursday, Oct 29th, 2015. Presenters from around the globe delivered key insights into zero waste principles and the circular economy – offering a promising vision for the economy and environment.
For the first time, a satellite conference was hosted in Toronto, by the city of Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, held in conjunction with the Metro Vancouver event. Delegates were able to participate via a two-way livestream of the events. Zero Waste Conference participants included ‘start-ups’, major corporations, and government. The presenters were equally diverse, ranging from big picture visionaries to leading edge entrepreneurs who are already embracing zero waste ambitions.
Looking to share your Zero Waste Conference experience via Twitter? Remember to use the event hashtag #ZWC2015. Want to highlight a conference participant in your social media posts? Here are the Twitter ‘handles’ for the organizations, speakers, and panellists who are a part of this year’s event:
A future without waste could be the most important business trend of the 21st century, bringing challenges, obstacles, and most importantly… opportunities. But economic success in the future demands a new approach; new ways of thinking, a solid understanding of revolutionary principles, and a clear view of where we are headed. If your enterprise wants to be a successful player in this new world, registering for Metro Vancouver’s 2015 Zero Waste Conference on Oct. 29th needs to be checked off your to-do list before it’s too late. There’s only one more day to register. Don’t lose this opportunity to gain vital insights, from the people who are leading the way.