circular
solutions

How can we start to incorporate circular economy concepts into our day-to-day lives? By consciously choosing where and what we spend our money on, we can drive change. We've collected examples of circular solutions from across BC so that you can get inspired. While most solutions relate to multiple loop-back processes, we've tried to feature each business under the most fitting category.

 

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REDUCE

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REUSE + REPAIR

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REDISTRIBUTE

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RECONDITION

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RECYCLE

REDUCE

Reducing our consumption is the most resource-efficient way to contribute to a circular economy. Make a difference by purchasing items that add real value to your life, choosing refillable, low waste, or repairable products, participating in the sharing economy, and supporting circular businesses.

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Provincewide

Providing a carpool service platform for intercity trips

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Smithers

Using burnt or waste wood for 100% utilization 

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toyshare experience

Metro Vancouver

Offering a rental service for developmental toys

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Prince George

Reducing single-use plastics for household products 

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NEXII

Provincewide

Building technology that significantly reduces waste

Cosmetic Products

Elate cosmetics

Provincewide

Packaging techniques that significantly reduce waste

 

REUSE + REPAIR

Choosing reusable and repairable products and maintaining the things you already own extends product lifespan and reduces waste. From resoling boots at a cobbler to purchasing milk in reusable glass bottles, there are countless ways to keep items out of the landfill.

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Provincewide

Reusing sterilized glass bottles for milk 

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Green bean reloved

Kelowna

Reducing textile waste by using scrap materials

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Metro Vancouver

Creating reuse opportunities for manufacturer textile waste

Black and Orange Pup Tent

Mr mender

Sechelt

Repairing outdoor gear to divert it from landfills

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Vancouver Island

Providing a zero-waste takeout option

Juicer

Tool share

Fernie

Giving access to food processing equipment  

 

rEDISTRIBUTE

As the saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Items that you no longer want can be resold, shared, or donated rather than thrown away. If you're making a new purchase, consider buying secondhand from a thrift store or classified ad site.

Baby Apparel

Vancouver 

Providing a baby clothing subscription service

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Restore
 

Provincewide

Reselling home improvement materials and furniture

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Sunshine Coast

Refurbishing computers for those in need at low or no cost

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Hornby Island

Offering free gently used items to divert them from landfill 

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Provincewide

Diverting food waste from landfills and redistributing for best use 

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Scrapless
 

Metro Vancouver

Redistributing surplus food via a free app

 

Vancouver

rECONDITION

Vancouver

Some of the most innovative circular businesses develop ways to loop "waste" materials back into our economy. Taking in and reconditioning this "waste" retains the value of these resources within the supply chain, transforming them into new products rather than losing them to the landfill.

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The rogerie

Kelowna

Making everyday products from everyday plastic waste

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sugarsheet
 

Provincewide

Producing paper from sugarcane processing residue

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chopvalue
 

Provincewide

Designing products from 100% reconditioned chopsticks

 

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piscine energetics

Vernon

Harvesting invasive Mysis Shrimp to create fish food

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unbuilders
 

Provincewide

Salvaging and reconditioning materials through deconstruction

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Cumberland

Manufacturing dog beds made with reconditioned materials

 
 

rECYCLE

Products that have reached their end-of-life and are no longer useful can be recycled. This is the most energy-intensive circular strategy, whereby materials within products are separated, and re-enter production processes to create new products. Recyclable products go beyond curbside municipal collection. With a little time and effort, you can dispose of materials like Styrofoam, soft plastics, pens, and more!

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RecyleIT
 

Fraser Valley

Diverting waste from landfill, including hard to recycle items

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Anián 

Victoria

Creating entirely recycled natural fibre textiles from landfills

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Salish Soils

Sunshine Coast

Transforming waste into high quality soil, mulch, and compost

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tiny's bones and scones

Enderby

Using brewers spent grain to make dog treats 

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circular rubber tech

Vancouver

Reclaiming high grade natural rubber from used mining tires

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Provincewide

Recycling retired EV batteries for reliable energy storage