Are You a Plastic Innovator?

Innovation Showcase to Highlight Made-in-Canada Solutions

Plastic pollution. News about the state of marine environments has made the need for solutions even more urgent. Fortunately, great ideas are emerging from a number of sources, including science labs, start-ups, and policy groups. Recognizing the  power of innovation,  Canada’s National Zero Waste Council  and Think Beyond PlasticTM are collaborating on the Canadian Innovation Showcase, featuring Canadian solutions to reducing plastics pollution.

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Zero Waste Conference Brings Circular Economy Leaders to Vancouver

The 2018 Zero Waste Conference promises to build on past successes – offering inspirational keynotes, practical discussions, real-world solutions, and unparalleled networking opportunities. The principles of the circular economy are quickly becoming mainstream thinking. Organizations must understand and be able to respond. Are you ready for the coming revolution in materials, design, culture, and business? Read on to learn why #ZWC18 can give you the tools to say ‘Yes’.

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Designer and Disruptor — Dr Leyla Acaroglu Confirmed for #ZWC18

It’s been seen well over a million times. Dr Leyla Acaroglu’s TED Talk Paper Beats Plastic – How to Rethink Environmental Folklore is clearly touching a nerve. What insights will this designer, disruptor, social scientist, and entrepreneur bring to the 2018 Zero Waste Conference? You’ll have to attend to find out… but here’s a taste of what to expect.

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Think Beyond Plastic Founder Daniella Russo Confirmed for #ZWC18

Zero waste innovation is Daniella Russo’s approach to tackling plastic pollution. She believes we can reshape the way we use plastic and entrepreneurs can be a driving force in that change. She’ll be sharing her expertise, as one of the featured speakers at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference, Nov. 8-9 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

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Circular Economy Pioneer Arthur Huang Confirmed for #ZWC18

Making stuff from trash and making a difference best describes Arthur Huang‘s career path. The Taiwan-born, Cornell-trained architect is a trailblazer for closed-loop economics, upcycling, and design solutions aimed at accelerating the shift to a circular economy. To aid in these ambitions he formed the pioneering upcycling company Miniwiz – which now operates in Taiwan, Shanghai, Berlin, and Milan. We are pleased to announce Huang will be a featured speaker at this year’s event, Nov. 8-9 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

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A Cleaner Vision for Textiles Fuels Evrnu’s Goal of a Fabric Revolution

Passionate. Committed. Future-focused. Evrnu CEO Stacy Flynn is all of those things, thanks to a business trip to China that left her questioning both the environmental cost of the textile industry and her role within it. When she came face-to-face with the pollution impact and massive resource demands of the textile industry, Flynn decided she needed to chart a new course. From that epiphany the textile recycling company Evrnu was born.

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Shelagh Kerr – Zero Waste Conference 2016

ZWC 2016 Reuse and Repair_Shelagh Kerr from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Kerr outlines the current environment for electronics product recycling and reuse, highlighting the opportunities, stumbling blocks, and factors impacting repair and reuse of the ubiquitous electronic devices that can be found in throughout society.

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Richard C. Thompson – Looking for Solutions to Oceans of Plastic


It’s a startling, sobering statistic; that in the first ten years of the 21st century, more plastic has been produced than during the entire 20th century. This useful, adaptable material has become a mainstay of the modern world. But plastic waste can be found everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks. For ZWC 2017 speaker Richard C. Thompson, the benefits plastic can offer are undisputed. However, he’s committed to helping the world understand plastics come with a cost that cannot be overlooked.

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Josh Taron – Designing for Disassembly and Rethinking the Way We Build

ZWC 2016 The Built environment_Josh Taron from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Josh Taron Professor – University of Calgary, Co-Leader of the Laboratory for Integrative Design, and Principal, Synthetiques outlines his vision of a new approach to our built environment. 

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ZWC 2016 Keynote Speakers Offer Visions of Tomorrow and Solutions for Today

Neri OxmanMetro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference will begin the day with the big ideas of Neri Oxman. The event wraps up with Owen Zachariasse’s successes putting cradle-to-cradle principles into practice. These two speakers are emblematic of the conference itself. Inspiring ideas and real world solutions meet at ZWC 2016, where long-term visions of a zero waste future share the spotlight with ways of starting that process in the present.

Oxman is a ground-breaking designer and architect at M.I.T.’s Media Lab, where her work in ‘material ecology’ merges the latest technology with the timeless design efficiencies found in Nature.

oxman-carpal-skinThe results are objects that very nearly defy description, such as ‘Carpal Skin’, a prototype for a protective glove to protect against Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The resulting synthesis of natural designs and modern materials is a look ahead to one of the fundamental questions posed by adherents to the zero waste approach: what can we learn from nature when designing products for a circular economy?

Neri Oxman will be the opening keynote speaker at ZWC 2016, with her presentation ‘Design by nature, revolutionary innovation at the edge’

 

owenzachariasseOwen Zachariasse began his career in real estate development within the construction industry at age 19, managing the production crews of single-family homes before moving into the financial department at age 21. Today he is one of the principals at Zachariasse Consulting, bringing Cradle-to-Cradle® principles into play in the area of real estate development for projects such as Park 20|20 – the first full service Cradle to Cradle® inspired working environment in the Netherlands.

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-2-58-17-pmPark 20|20’s human-centred design features monumental buildings of glass and steel combined with ergonomics, state of the art installation techniques and integrated landscaping to create a working environment which is both inspiring and user friendly. The design strategy has attracted high-profile tenants such as the FIFA Professional Football Players Association, who have made Park 20|20 the home of their international headquarters.

Owen Zachariasse will be the closing keynote speaker at ZWC 2016 with his presentation ‘Circular Innovation and Business Leadership in the Netherlands’

 

Thought-provoking experiments. Real world examples. The Metro Vancouver 2016 Zero Waste Conference offers both. Whether you’re looking for practical ways to enhance sustainability in your organization today, or creative visions for the future opportunities of the circular economy, mark Nov. 3 on your calendar and register for an inspiring day exploring the shift to a zero waste world.