Big Ideas. Groundbreaking innovations. Cutting-edge solutions. Metro Vancouver’s annual Zero Waste Conference has gained a reputation for delivering invaluable perspectives on all three. The one-day conference’s well-deserved reputation for impacting policies and practices is due in large part to its track record of showcasing real world successes in the shift towards the circular economy and a zero waste world. This year’s edition promises to continue that tradition.
Engineered wood and plastics are all around us. From the manufactured wood products used in our furniture, to the foam plastics preventing breakage or damage to consumer goods during shipment. But these materials have a significant impact on the environment and our health. Ecovative co-founder Eben Bayer wants to change that – with the amazing potential of the marvelous mushroom.
Closing the loop in a circular economy leads to a realization. Achieving a future without waste demands we recognize the interconnectedness of our efforts across disciplines. At Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference we will be looking at zero waste through the lens of four distinct sessions. This comprehensive approach not only promises ‘something for everyone’ – it also offers delegates a unique opportunity to understand how zero waste principles depend on holistic solutions.
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.
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.