From Oceans to Cities, ZWC 2017 Offers Invaluable Circular Economy Insights

The impact of plastic on our oceans is one of the key topics at ZWC 2017

The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference promises to offer insights across the circular economy spectrum. Our sessions this year will be focusing on five key areas of zero waste innovation.

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Richard C. Thompson – Looking for Solutions to Oceans of Plastic


It’s a startling, sobering statistic; that in the first ten years of the 21st century, more plastic has been produced than during the entire 20th century. This useful, adaptable material has become a mainstay of the modern world. But plastic waste can be found everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks. For ZWC 2017 speaker Richard C. Thompson, the benefits plastic can offer are undisputed. However, he’s committed to helping the world understand plastics come with a cost that cannot be overlooked.

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Josh Taron – Designing for Disassembly and Rethinking the Way We Build

ZWC 2016 The Built environment_Josh Taron 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, Josh Taron Professor – University of Calgary, Co-Leader of the Laboratory for Integrative Design, and Principal, Synthetiques outlines his vision of a new approach to our built environment. 

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What Makes the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference A Must Attend Event?

Zero Waste Conference 2016 Overview from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

World-renowned keynote speakers, panel discussions with great insights from industry experts, and unmatched opportunities for networking with colleagues on the forefront of zero waste and the circular economy. Year after year, these are the hallmarks of the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. 2017 promises to be no different.

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ZWC 2016 Educates with Innovation, Inspiration, and Marketplace Success

Big Ideas. Groundbreaking innovations. Cutting-edge solutions. Metro Vancouver’s annual Zero Waste Conference has gained a reputation for delivering invaluable perspectives on all three. The one-day conference’s well-deserved reputation for impacting policies and practices is due in large part to its track record of showcasing real world successes in the shift towards the circular economy and a zero waste world. This year’s edition promises to continue that tradition.

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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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ZWC 2016 – The Return of Repair and Reuse

Exterior of Scovill's Perfect Bicycles shop - 506 Richards Street, Vancouver 1904

Scovill’s Perfect Bicycles shop, Vancouver – 1904. Source: City of Vancouver archives

In an age of disposability, planned obsolescence, fast fashion, and electronic gadgets that are out-of-date 15 minutes after purchase – repair and reuse becomes a radical act. It’s also a trend that is making a comeback. How do we scale the repair and reuse revolution so that reuse is more common than replace? At the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, industry trendsetters will share their insights.

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