Category Archives: Plastics

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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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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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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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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It’s time to take a hard look at society’s relationship with plastic – for better and for worse. What changes do we need to transform how we make, use, and recycle plastics, to ensure it remains in the economy and out of the environment? The Plastics Panel on Day 2 of the Zero Waste Conference…

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Note:  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Liboiron will not be appearing at #ZWC19. Did your last fish dinner come with a side of microplastics? Now that plastic particles are being detected in waters all over the world, it’s a concern we all need to take seriously. And for remote northern communities that rely on fishing,…

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Leave the earth better than you found it. That’s the philosophy driving Nature’s Path, North America’s largest organic breakfast company toward Zero Waste and the Circular Economy. Nature’s Path is a family-owned Canadian organic food company deeply committed to sustainability. Its certified organic cereal and snack products are sold in stores in 50 countries around…

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Disposable plastics continue to pollute the world’s water – but the good news is more and more people are talking about it. National Geographic raised the issue of oceans plastics to a global audience in its June 2018 edition, whose striking imagery, shocking statistics and urgent calls to action were impossible to ignore. It also…

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What types of packaging are best for preventing food waste? That’s the big question driving new research from the National Zero Waste Council and Value Chain Management International. FOOD WASTE AND PACKAGING In recent years, there’s been a growing awareness about the staggering amount of food wasted around the globe, along with an explosion in…

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Arthur Huang blew our minds last year with his work at MINIWIZ. We’re thrilled to have him back as a keynote for ZWC19 to hear his latest upcycling adventures. Taiwan-born, Cornell-trained architect Arthur Huang is a pioneer of upcycling and the circular economy. Recently, his company MINIWIZ moved its headquarters to Singapore, a wealthy city-state…

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