The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference takes place on November 1. This year’s theme is ‘A Circular Economy Within Reach.’ Important issues such as ocean plastics, textiles, business and innovation, and circular cities are on this year’s agenda, along with keynote addresses by scientist and retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and food waste pioneer Tristram Stuart. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:
With a track record of success, a clear sense of purpose, and the support of business and government, WRAP UK has an impressive list of circular economy accomplishments. At the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, the organization’s achievements in both food and textiles will offer inspiration and a road map for success. Here’s what they’ve achieved so far.
It’s hard to miss the impact of plastic pollution; especially in our oceans. Whether it’s social media posts, ominous news stories, or documentaries such as A Plastic Ocean, we are awash in images of polluted seas, littered beaches, and struggling marine and bird life. At first glance, it all seems quite overwhelming. At the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, we’ll be offering ideas and inspiration – from people who offer solutions.
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.
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.
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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