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In an age of disposability, planned obsolescence, fast fashion, and electronic gadgets that are out-of-date 15 minutes after purchase – repair and reuse becomes a radical act.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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Conference Keynote Neri Oxman Connects the Dots Between Design Innovation and Circular Economy

“In the Biological Age, designers and builders are empowered to dream up new, dynamic design possibilities, where products and structures will be able to grow, heal, and adapt.” So says ZWC 2016 opening keynote Neri Oxman – the architect, designer, and innovator who has captured the attention of institutions ranging from M.I.T. to the Museum of Modern Art with her concept of ‘material ecology’.

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Creative Thinkers Tackling Circular Economy and Built Environment

Buildings are material intensive, consuming over half the world’s extracted materials and generating roughly one third of waste globally. Across the Lower Mainland, about 2,500 single family homes are demolished every year, each averaging 50 tonnes of wood waste. New municipal bylaws requiring demolition recycling are helping keep that wood available as a resource and build the green economy.
What other circular economy principles can best prevent waste and shift practices in this sector?

We’ve enlisted four panellists with shared aspirations and unique perspectives to examine the issue during our afternoon session ‘The Built Environment’ at the 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. Join us on Nov. 3 to gain the benefits of their knowledge and experience.

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‘Give a Sh!rt’ Campaign Highlights Textile Waste On National Thrift Shop Day

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 the amount of textiles that end up in landfills. Tony Shumpert, Value Village’s Vice President of Reuse and Recycling, was on hand to explain the rationale behind the ‘Give A Sh!rt’ campaign and his work with the Circular Economy Working Group of the National Zero Waste Council.

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ZWC 2016 Conference Date and Keynote Speaker Neri Oxman Announced

Neri Oxman coined the phrase ‘material ecology.’ Now she’s designing a revolution. Oxman’s work harnesses natural processes and innovative thinking to create ground-breaking designs for everything from building materials to haute couture. Oxman is bringing her big ideas to Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference on November 3, 2016, as the keynote speaker for the 6th annual event. This is a unique opportunity to hear a leading thinker at the forefront of zero waste and circular economy principles. Register now and join us for this educational and inspiring opportunity!

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National Zero Waste Council Webinar Demystifies Compostable Products

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 for compostability and facility acceptance look like? A webinar hosted by the National Zero Waste Council and moderated by Alan Blake, Co-Lead, National Zero Waste Council Product Design & Packaging Working Group, featured an expert panel offering valuable insights from their experiences in their daily operations.

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