Category Archives: Circular Economy

The 2020 Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome leading ocean plastics researcher Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, as a keynote. New Plastics Waste Research This week, the journal Science published a new study from Dr. Chelsea Rochman’s team that shows that plastics waste is…

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If you’re looking for a practical example of the circular economy in action, you need look no further than Vancouver-based ChopValue. Having achieved commercial success and “carbon negative” status, ChopValue is now boldly expanding across North America. Read on to find out how. Leading Circular Innovation, One Chopstick at a Time The Zero Waste Conference…

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When you order the latest gadget online you’re probably not thinking about the impacts on your local recycling system. But that’s something stewardship programs around the world are taking very seriously. EPR Paves the Way for a Circular Economy In a previous blog, we talked about how Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs can be key…

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In 2020, the Zero Waste Conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary and Canada will host the World Circular Economy Forum. Even though Canada’s unique circular solutions are already making a global impact, we still have a long way to go. The final sessions of the 2019 Zero Waste Conference will examine the vision and leadership…

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For decades, local governments have been stuck with the tasks of collecting and managing the packaging and paper products that businesses supply to consumers. But there’s a major sea change underway as businesses take more responsibility for their materials – and B.C. is leading the charge.  The Plastics Challenge “As consumers, governments, NGOs and businesses…

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A new report paints a bright picture showing how the Circular Economy is one of the most promising ways to prevent catastrophic climate change – while reaping a host of economic, social and ecological benefits. Since 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has been one of the world’s leading voices for the transition to the circular…

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The 2019 Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome as keynote speakers two leading international pioneers in upcycling and the Circular Economy: Arthur Huang and Tom Szaky.  Taking Recycling to the Next Level When a material is recycled, the resulting product is usually of equal or lesser value than the original (compare for example, a…

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Why Cities Are So Important to the Circular Economy According to global consulting firm Accenture, the Circular Economy could generate $4.5 trillion of additional economic output by 2030, and the United Nations projects that by 2050, two thirds of us will live in cities. What steps do cities need to take to unlock the potential…

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Are you ready to step up to the challenges of the Circularity Gap and Ocean Plastics? Zero Waste Conference Day 1 keynote speakers, Valerie Craig and Harald Friedl, are calling for leadership on the twin crises of rampant resource waste and ocean plastic pollution. These are daunting challenges – but they are surmountable. Day 1…

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THE FUTURE OF HOW WE BUILD Humans are endlessly creative, but one of our greatest shortcomings is that we build things that have no ability to adapt to changes in the environment. MIT Self-Assembly Lab’s architects, biologists and engineers have set out to change that. They're collaborating to revolutionize the way we build by inventing…

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