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Plastic. It's an integral part of our modern world. And more and more is recovered and recycled every year, as its impact on the environment and its value as a resource become more widely known.  But, the vast majority still remains in the garbage, or becomes litter in our communities and a toxic health hazard in…

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What do the business models of the future look like? How can embracing the circular economy be a key to success? Three voices from the front lines of the sustainable business community offer a road map through the challenges of doing business within a zero waste paradigm. Moderated by sustainability strategist Coro Strandberg, of Strandberg Consulting, this wide-ranging…

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As the event organizer for the annual Zero Waste Conference, the Metro Vancouver regional district showcases leading examples of waste reduction, recycling, and sustainability initiatives from around the world. In 2015, Metro Vancouver hopes to solidify its own reputation as a jurisdiction committed to zero waste principles, with a ban on food scraps and organic waste…

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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…

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The Afternoon Keynote featured an armchair discussion with the individuals in charge of sustainability at LEGO and Philips. During the discussion the audience were given insights into how global companies are catalyzing a shift toward a circular economy. Hear what drives these industry pioneers, the obstacles, and opportunities they encountered. And discover some fun facts, such as…

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Over 200 companies and 2000 products are now approved by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. But what does this certification mean? Institute president Bridgett Luther offers an overview of the principles behind the label. Luther opens her presentation with a simple definition. “Cradle to Cradle… is about our ‘stuff’,” she notes, “but it’s…

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 In his keynote address to Metro Vancouver's 2014 Zero Waste Conference, Jeremy Rifkin poses the question: will we succumb to the ecological and economic doom we have ourselves created, or will we thrive, having embraced the transformative technological and philosophical opportunities now available? In a videoconference presentation from Spain, Rifkin offers visionary concepts, sobering realities, and…

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What happens when we blend the world of nature with that of design and technology? Dayna Baumeister examines how the natural world uses and reuses materials – to offer insights into the core principles we must embrace to implement a zero waste approach to our economy. Dayna Baumeister opens her presentation with an observation on…

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A panel discusses how rethinking design and manufacturing systems can shift the linear economy to a circular or cradle-to-cradle model. From dealing with disposable diapers to building a better framework for do-it-yourself  projects, this wide-ranging conversation explores the ways business goals and sustainability principles can work together to deliver new opportunities within a zero waste world. The panel…

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Alexa Kielty, Zero Waste Specialist for San Francisco reports on that City and County's Textile Initiative, which seeks to divert the 39 million pounds of textiles San Franciscans send to the landfill each year. Alexa Kielty opens her presentation on San Francisco’s zero waste textile initiative by highlighting the fact that waste crosses social and demographic…

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