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.