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.
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.
A Closer Look At Textile Recycling and Consumer Attitudes, Tony Shumpert – Zero Waste Conference 2016
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.
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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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
Mark Trotzuk’s company, Boardroom Custom Clothing, had been in the promotional clothing and uniform business for ten years when his daughter was born. That life-changing event transformed him… and the company.
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.