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The circular economy goes far beyond finding a recycling solution at end-of-life. Circularity incorporates better design that consumes less raw material during production, maximizes value during use, and improves products and services that are intended to eliminate wastes.

How can Canadians advance our circular economy? Purchase smartly designed products meant to be reused, refurbished, and dismantled. Support companies that will lease or rent their products and offer to take them back for recycling after use.

In keeping with Waste Reduction Week in Canada's 20th Anniversary theme of Then-Now-Future, we have developed a series of new infographics telling the story of three program themes/issues: textiles, e-waste, and plastics.

From the invention of the first synthetic polymer, to the first plastic bans in Canada, and to what it will take for a circular future, The Story of Plastics infographic will walk you through the story of plastics production, use, and management.


In keeping with Waste Reduction Week in Canada's 20th Anniversary theme of Then-Now-Future, we have developed a new infographic that will take you through the story of textiles use in Canada; from the first shoe-maker to what it will take for our circular textile future.

The 2019 Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate report change gave us insights as to why it is necessary to tackle emissions in order to preserve our planet from the projected devastating effects of climate change. 

It is a joint effort and will require the collaboration of governments, investors, businesses, right down to the cosumers. The possibilities are endless if we are able to design systems with the identity of circular principles in mind. 

In this session we have invited three representatives from pioneering circular business models in the fashion industry. We’ll be discussing what the key customers trends are impacting the industry right now, what the potential of circular business models within the industry is, and what would be the impact of these on our future wardrobes.

In the unprecedented response to the Covid-19 pandemic, trillions in economic stimulus have been made available around the world, while the calls for a recovery that is in alignment with other global challenges, have never been louder. Many see a rare opportunity beyond the pandemic, to build a resilient and low carbon economic recovery.


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