Circular Economy Vision
By 2040 Vancouver Island will exist as a thriving circular economy. Our residents will own less, but live more fulfilling lives. Material goods will be shared, not stored. Our waste will be our greatest resource. The upcycling and circular economy will employ hundreds of people, many of them small, independent businesses. Fewer goods will arrive to Vancouver Island by boat, plane and ferry, reducing emissions, packaging and waste.
In sum, a Circular Economy is one:
where we share more than we own, freeing income and sparing resources
where new ideas come to life and inspire other regions
where products are made and repaired locally
where economic equality is the new norm
where one’s waste is another’s resource
This is our vision for an inclusive Circular Economy on Vancouver Island. Project Zero is a five year action plan to get us going in the right direction.
We Stand on the shoulders
The concept of a Circular Economy is not new. In fact, it has been integral to the traditional way of life of the coastal First Nations. It is also the way in which natural ecologies work in sync.
With the spike in plastic production in the 1950's came a change in human behaviour. No longer were products built to last, instead they became disposable and we adopted a throw away mindset. The evolution of the industrial economic system, fossil fuel energy production, a globalized economy and plastics have largely contributed to the shift towards a linear economy.
In many ways, shifting to a Circular Economy is a combined effort to leverage our innovation and technology of the new green economy era, while drawing on inspiration from traditional and natural processes.
More INFORmation coming soon!
Synergy Sustainability Institute (SSI) is a registered non-profit society, focused on facilitating the shift towards a green economy through programs and idea incubation.
Our core programs include The Vancouver Island Green Business Collective (150 businesses), The EcoStar Awards, The Food Eco District, Earth Day Power Hour and our newest program Project Zero.
We are a collaborative, do-er organization, focused on outcomes and mobilizing knowledge into action.
Mission: To Catalyze the Green Economy on Vancouver Island
“We take big ideas and turn them into real stuff”