Around the world, governments, activist organizations, and industry are tackling food waste issues. But without the positive network efforts of collaboration and coordination, progress is slowed. To have a bigger impact, a transformational shift is necessary. Cooperating across sectors, leveraging off each other’s actions, and identifying collective opportunities can provide fertile ground for big changes. The National Zero Waste Council’s Food Waste Reduction Strategy is one such example. It’s a collaborative, national, multi-year strategy to reduce food waste using policy change, innovation, and business and consumer engagement. It’s just one of the approaches our panelists will showcase at the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference.
Dr. Cady Coleman saw our blue planet’s possibilities from an orbital perspective. Now she brings her unique viewpoint as a scientist and retired NASA astronaut to the morning keynote of the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, Nov. 1 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.
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.
Would you like to change the world with us?
That’s the provocative question Full Cycle Bioplastics CEO Andrew Falcon puts to the audience at the end of his presentation at the 2016 New Materials and Packaging Expo. The company’s proprietary process may just deliver on that ambitious goal.
Innovation in the Marketplace Q+A – Zero Waste Conference 2016 from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.
Transforming the Marketplace
In this highlight from the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, five business pioneers share their stories in a TEDx-style session and panel. From rethinking material inputs to scaling transformative business models, learn how the circular economy is transforming the marketplace – offering opportunities to eliminate waste while enhancing competitiveness. What innovations are redefining our relationship with stuff – delivering goods and services in new and innovative ways without the waste embedded in current production and consumption patterns? What is driving businesses to innovate? How do we support innovation in the marketplace? Learn what steps they are taking to answer these challenging questions.
- (1:00) How do manufacturers ‘close the loop’ on consumer goods to achieve a truly circular economy?
- (6:45) How can Lego use it influence to change the behaviour of other toymakers and Lego’s suppliers?
- (10:30) What do companies need from government to affect the market dynamics of zero waste efforts?
- (16:30) Why are ‘green’ products so expensive?
- (19:20) Does the belief that technology is the solution to waste end up reinforcing consumer apathy?
- (24:20) What is the one piece of advice the panellists would offer to young entrepreneurs seeking opportunities with a zero waste approach?
The shift to zero waste and circular economy principles will have impacts in all aspect of our lives. To succeed in the face of this massive, fast-approaching change, you need to stay informed. Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is the place to get the insights you can use to adapt. This year’s theme is A Circular Economy Within Reach. The conference will be held on November 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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Passionate. Committed. Future-focused. Evrnu CEO Stacy Flynn is all of those things, thanks to a business trip to China that left her questioning both the environmental cost of the textile industry and her role within it. When she came face-to-face with the pollution impact and massive resource demands of the textile industry, Flynn decided she needed to chart a new course. From that epiphany the textile recycling company Evrnu was born.
ZWC 2016 Reuse and Repair_Shelagh Kerr 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, Kerr outlines the current environment for electronics product recycling and reuse, highlighting the opportunities, stumbling blocks, and factors impacting repair and reuse of the ubiquitous electronic devices that can be found in throughout society.