The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference takes place on November 1. This year’s theme is ‘A Circular Economy Within Reach.’ Important issues such as ocean plastics, textiles, business and innovation, and circular cities are on this year’s agenda, along with keynote addresses by scientist and retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and food waste pioneer Tristram Stuart. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:
With a track record of success, a clear sense of purpose, and the support of business and government, WRAP UK has an impressive list of circular economy accomplishments. At the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, the organization’s achievements in both food and textiles will offer inspiration and a road map for success. Here’s what they’ve achieved so far.
It’s hard to miss the impact of plastic pollution; especially in our oceans. Whether it’s social media posts, ominous news stories, or documentaries such as A Plastic Ocean, we are awash in images of polluted seas, littered beaches, and struggling marine and bird life. At first glance, it all seems quite overwhelming. At the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, we’ll be offering ideas and inspiration – from people who offer solutions.
Hidden behind spotless grocery aisles, perfect vegetables, and a confusing array of best before rules, Tristram Stuart discovered a world of waste. Now Stuart will be sharing his experience and expertise as the closing keynote speaker at the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference.
Around the world, governments, activist organizations, and industry are tackling food waste issues. But without the positive network efforts of collaboration and coordination, progress is slowed. To have a bigger impact, a transformational shift is necessary. Cooperating across sectors, leveraging off each other’s actions, and identifying collective opportunities can provide fertile ground for big changes. The National Zero Waste Council’s Food Waste Reduction Strategy is one such example. It’s a collaborative, national, multi-year strategy to reduce food waste using policy change, innovation, and business and consumer engagement. It’s just one of the approaches our panelists will showcase at the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference.
Fashion Forward Thinkers is the title for the Textiles session at the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. Forward thinking is definitely one of strengths of session moderator Myriam Laroche. After 15 years in the fashion industry in various capacities, Laroche looked ahead and decided to become a champion of sustainability. She is founder and president of Eco Fashion Week.
Would you like to change the world with us?
That’s the provocative question Full Cycle Bioplastics CEO Andrew Falcon puts to the audience at the end of his presentation at the 2016 New Materials and Packaging Expo. The company’s proprietary process may just deliver on that ambitious goal.