2018 Zero Waste Conference Delivers Inspiring Keynotes and More

We’re just days away from the 8th annual Zero Waste Conference. Registration is filling up and anticipation is mounting for this year’s event, which promises a thought-provoking mix of theory, action, and inspiration. One of the highlights of this year’s event is an amazing line-up of speakers and panelists throughout the day and a half event. Here is a preview of some of the people and ideas you can expect. Continue reading

Think Beyond Plastic Founder Daniella Russo Confirmed for #ZWC18

Zero waste innovation is Daniella Russo’s approach to tackling plastic pollution. She believes we can reshape the way we use plastic and entrepreneurs can be a driving force in that change. She’ll be sharing her expertise, as one of the featured speakers at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference, Nov. 8-9 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

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Futurist Gerd Leonhard Announced as 2018 Zero Waste Conference Keynote

Making connections and advancing our thinking is one of the keys to progress. Futurist Gerd Leonhard is connecting the dots to our data-driven future – championing the benefits and highlighting the risks, saying, “Humans will change more in the next 20 years than they have in the last 300.”

How will those changes be reflected, precipitated, even mandated by the shift to a circular economy? Join us on Nov 8 – 9 as this renowned thinker and futurist shares his compelling perspective.

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Social Media Guide to the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference

Looking to share your Zero Waste Conference experience via Twitter? Remember to use the event hashtag #ZWC2017. Want to highlight a conference participant in your social media posts? Here are Twitter handles for the organizations, speakers, and panellists participating this year’s event. Haven’t registered yet? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from circular economy leaders!

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2017 Zero Waste Conference Puts a Spotlight on Plastic in Our Oceans

Research into plastic microfibers in Metro Vancouver waters will be showcased at ZWC2017

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.

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Innovation in the Marketplace Q & A – Zero Waste Conference 2016

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.

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  • (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?

Register Today

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.

Subscribe to this blog (sign up window at right) and stay up to date as we finalize an exciting list of speakers, panels, and presentations. You’ll also reap the benefits of previous conferences as we continue to share the highlights from last year’s event.  Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is an event you don’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you! Register Now

Richard C. Thompson – Looking for Solutions to Oceans of Plastic


It’s a startling, sobering statistic; that in the first ten years of the 21st century, more plastic has been produced than during the entire 20th century. This useful, adaptable material has become a mainstay of the modern world. But plastic waste can be found everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks. For ZWC 2017 speaker Richard C. Thompson, the benefits plastic can offer are undisputed. However, he’s committed to helping the world understand plastics come with a cost that cannot be overlooked.

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Recycling What Others Can’t: Plastic Innovator Mike Biddle

One of the guest speakers at #ZWC2014 is one of the world’s foremost plastics recycling innovators.

Gothenburg Awards 2012Mike Biddle, Founder and Director of MBA Polymers Inc., has dedicated himself to solving the central dilemma of plastic – why is so little recycled?

The reason: sorting.

Plastic is a valuable resource and all of it can theoretically be recycled and but less than 10% of it is recycled worldwide.

Compared to virgin plastic production, recycling uses 80% less energy, and therefore accounts for much less greenhouse gas emissions. Properly recycling plastic is a key step toward zero waste and global sustainability.

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