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Success Stories /
Sep 05, 2017
Four Steps to a Greener Brand

Do you aspire to green your brand? Be forewarned: It’s challenging, as Kerri McKenzie and her colleagues discovered. McKenzie researched, developed and sourced materials for the outdoor gear retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) at its head office in Vancouver. Four lessons from her experience can help you green your supply chain with more reward than […]

Success Stories /
May 17, 2017
Finding Value Even After the Sushi is Done

If you recently visited any of the restaurants listed on the map below, you may have seen a bin for collecting used chopsticks. Once a week, Felix Böck drives his truck, affectionately named “Pablo the ChopMobil,” to each of these partner restaurants to collect chopsticks, then he upcycles them into beautiful products at a small production facility […]

Inspiration /
Sep 16, 2016
Can a hair salon catalyze social change? Green Circle Salons do!

The average hair salon produces over 800 kilograms of waste per year, including hair trimmings, discarded foils and colour tubes. Most of this material ends up in landfills, where the hair in particular mummifies rather than breaking down, contributing to methane emissions and climate change. Green Circle Salons is providing solutions to over 700 Canadian […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Social Innovation and collaboration as a forces for good

Social Innovation and collaboration are proving to be effective forces for good. When used together, they have the power to change the world for the better. We are currently sitting in one of the most defining moments in time. Global resource depletion is happening at an alarming rate and is posing a major threat to businesses. […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Fashionista inspiring fashion industry to think ‘Circular’

Myriam Laroche is the founder and president of Eco Fashion Week, Vancouver’s much-heralded event in its eleventh year. A former Montrealer, Laroche has gained an international reputation as a passionate, tireless advocate for sustainability in the fashion and textiles industry. Eco Fashion Week (EFW) is dedicated to “informing and inspiring the fashion-conscious and sustainable-minded alike, […]

Success Stories /
Jul 25, 2016
When industries collide: upcycling connects Film with Design

Basic Design exists to change the way people think about reducing commercial waste and the company is thriving today by re-using, recycling (“upcycling”) throwaway material to create useful, attractive, in-demand consumer products. We have dedicated our lives to improving environmental sustainability with a clear focus on design innovation and collaboration. Theunis is a graduate of Emily Carr University of […]