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The 2020 Zero Waste Conference is just around the corner! If you are still on the fence about attending, here are our top five reasons to join us for the virtual conference on November 13, 2020. 1. Hear the Solutions-focused Ocean Plastics Session Solving a problem as pervasive as plastic pollution will take global collaboration…

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The Zero Waste Conference is renowned for inspiring keynotes – now meet our lineup of expert moderators. The 2020 Zero Waste Conference will look at everything from how we build our cities to what our clothes are made from, and will explore how we can enshrine resilience and equity values within the burgeoning circular economy.…

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Meet this year’s Circular Economy Innovators and Entrepreneurs.  Innovation and adaptability are hallmarks of human nature and the historical revolutions in science, agriculture and industry show us how just quickly and profoundly a paradigm shift can change our lives. Our challenge now is to re-examine our relationship with the material world and built environment to…

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Big problems require big solutions. The 2020 Zero Waste Conference brings together three influential leaders – each with a unique perspective – to a keynote conversation on solving the plastic pollution crisis. Walmart: A Retail Sea-Change The Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO of Walmart Canada to the Solving…

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How do we compel producers to 'design the waste out' of the products we use every day? In recent months, consumer habits have shifted considerably as society has continued to grapple with COVID-19. More people are shopping online and use of single-use plastics, disposable personal protective equipment and surface wipes is on the rise. Despite…

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Wasteful ways are here by design. Meet one of the crusaders fighting to change the ways we design and build. Every item we use in our daily lives started the same way – as an idea in a designer’s mind. Unfortunately, decades of commercialism have resulted in products that are often designed to be short-lived,…

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We welcome The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson to the solutions-focused Ocean Plastics session. The Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, to the Keynote Conversation in the Solving the Plastics Challenge in One Generation session. CANADIAN LEADERSHIP ON PLASTIC POLLUTION The Government of Canada made…

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Recycling alone won’t solve the global plastic problem. Drowning in Plastic Packaging A new report from Oceana, an international charity focused on ocean conservation, warns that Canada is disproportionately contributing to the global plastic disaster. Although Canadians make up less than 0.5% of the global population, we consume 1.4% of all plastic produced, at an…

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Meet two of the innovative organizations making circular economy and biofabrication solutions mainstream. The pioneering work of Suzanne Lee, founder of Biofabricate and a keynote at the 2020 Zero Waste Conference,  as well as other early adopters in the field of bio-engineered materials continues to inspire entrepreneurs, scientists and brands worldwide to push the boundaries…

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The 2020 Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome leading ocean plastics researcher Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, as a keynote. New Plastics Waste Research This week, the journal Science published a new study from Dr. Chelsea Rochman’s team that shows that plastics waste is…

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