Category Archives: Zero Waste

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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'…

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In an age of disposability, planned obsolescence, fast fashion, and electronic gadgets that are out-of-date 15 minutes after purchase – repair and reuse becomes a radical act.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…

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Give a Shirt Campaign.mp4 from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo. 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…

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Design for Compostability: Success Stories within the Value Chain Product designers seeking to close the loop on waste often look in the direction of compostability. But some innovations inadvertently create products and packaging which won't degrade in existing large scale compost facilities. This can be due to design, composting technology, or processing conditions. So, what does effective design…

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Looking to share your Zero Waste Conference experience via Twitter? Remember to use the event hashtag #ZWC2015. Want to highlight a conference participant in your social media posts? Here are the Twitter 'handles' for the organizations, speakers, and panellists who are a part of this year's event: Metro Vancouver 2015 Zero Waste Conference Event hashtag #ZWC2015 Metro Vancouver on…

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A future without waste could be the most important business trend of the 21st century, bringing challenges, obstacles, and most importantly... opportunities. But economic success in  the future demands a new approach; new ways of thinking, a solid understanding of revolutionary principles, and a clear view of where we are headed. If your enterprise wants to be…

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