A Closer Look At Textile Recycling and Consumer Attitudes, Tony Shumpert – Zero Waste Conference 2016

ZWC 2016 Reuse and Repair_Tony Shumpert 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, Tony Shumpert of Value Village offers a quick overview of the retailer’s approach and some of the findings they have made studying consumer attitudes towards textile recycling.

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One Conference, Four Streams – ZWC 2016 Offers Cross-Disciplinary Insights

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.

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‘Give a Sh!rt’ Campaign Highlights Textile Waste On National Thrift Shop Day


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/219189644″>Give a Shirt Campaign.mp4</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/mvrd”>Metro Vancouver</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

August 17th was National Thrift Shop Day in Canada. Thrift retailer Value Village, one of the organizations joining the Reuse and Repair discussion at the 2016  Zero Waste Conference, marked the occasion with a unique art installation highlighting the issue of textile waste and the role consumers can play in reducing the amount of textiles that end up in landfills. Tony Shumpert, Value Village’s Vice President of Reuse and Recycling, was on hand to explain the rationale behind the ‘Give A Sh!rt’ campaign and his work with the Circular Economy Working Group of the National Zero Waste Council.

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ZWC 2014 – Textiles in Focus Panel Discussion

Textiles recycling and reuse efforts are scaling up globally, but so too are upstream efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textiles during design, manufacture and sale. An expert panel discusses a range of textile-related issues including how the clothing industry is addressing the wasteful practices associated with ‘Fast Fashion’, what municipalities can do to keep textiles out of the landfill, and the role  Extended Producer Responsibility can play to encourage eco-friendly business practices. Continue reading

ZWC 2014 Textiles in Focus – Making C2C a Must-Have Label in the Fashion World

In some industries, sustainability initiatives deliver long-lasting benefits, because products and production methods can be used over and over again. But the fashion industry is an ever-shifting landscape, as seasons change and styles fall in and out of favour with the consumer. That can bring big challenges to sustainability efforts. When it comes to bringing zero waste and cradle-to-cradle principles to the clothes we wear, a different approach is required.

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