Mud Jeans Embraces Circular Economy, Giving New Life to Rented Denim

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At Mud Jeans, embracing the circular economy also means embracing innovation and risk. Company founder Bert van Son wants to do no less than change the way we buy clothes – asking people to rethink their favourite blue jeans from start to finish. At the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, van Son’s industry knowledge, honest assessments, and entertaining insights will be a welcome  perspective at our morning session – Innovation in the Marketplace.

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ZWC 2016 Conference Date and Keynote Speaker Neri Oxman Announced

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!

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National Zero Waste Council Webinar Demystifies Compostable Products

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.

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#ZWC 2015 – 2015 Conference Delivers Insights into a Future Without Waste

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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.

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Your Social Media Guide to the Metro Vancouver 2015 Zero Waste Conference

Zero Waste ConferenceLooking 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:

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#ZWC 2015 – A Future Without Waste Approaches. Will You Be Ready?

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.

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#ZWC2015 – Nature’s Path & Jason Boyce, Breakfast Sustainability Champions

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Nature’s Path Foods has been a leader in the organic food sector for over 25 years. With an impressive waste diversion rate of 92% in 2012, Nature’s Path was already a sustainability champion in their industry. But the local, family-owned cereal and granola bar company isn’t stopping there. They hope to achieve 99% waste diversion by the end of 2015 and be climate neutral by 2020.  How are they working toward these ambitious targets?

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