• Design Portfolio

Celebrating Canadian design for waste prevention and systems-thinking

This portfolio celebrates Canadian products and packaging that take the entire lifecycle into account during design, and are moving towards a circular economy by minimizing waste. Each featured product has been assessed for its ability to deliver on key principles for waste prevention and systems-thinking. From fashion to furniture, businesses are finding cost-savings, reduced environmental impacts, and increased consumer appeal by designing differently.

Visit the products below to see how design can deliver on moving us toward zero waste.




Eclipse Awardshttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/Eclipse AwardsEclipse Awards<div class="ExternalClassC5CC6F8D1DED4FC59894284CA8231928"><p>Premium, bespoke recognition awards handcrafted from locally salvaged and recycled materials. Eclipse is the world’s first carbon-neutral awards company and operates in a living building in Vancouver, BC</p> </div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/EclipseAwards.jpg, Portfolio Image
Sans Souciehttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/Sans SoucieSans Soucie<div class="ExternalClass1011512F9F70425AA0A36A6E2A457020"><p>​Sans Soucie shines in the textile industry by exclusively sourcing 'waste' hosiery from manufacturers and transforming them into wearable zero waste garments. </p></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/sanscousie-large.jpg, Portfolio image
Abeegohttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/AbeegoAbeego<div class="ExternalClassF15677604B4443178C211EA6875C6E5C"><div>​Abeego uses an old world recipe of all-natural materials to create a reusable replacement for your plastic cling wrap. A combination of hemp, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and beeswax.</div></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/abeego-600x600.jpg, Portfolio image
Interface Canadahttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/InterfaceInterface Canada<div class="ExternalClassEE60703D10804E76BED90EC7349BFA2C">​Interface is a global company creating modular carpet tiles made using upcycled nylon. Their carpet tiles are easily replaceable and feature an innovative lock system that allows them to be moved between locations.<br><br></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/interface_600x600.jpg, Portfolio image
Our Paper Lifehttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/OurPaperLifeOur Paper Life<div class="ExternalClass4E8A307D964C42BF8FBAAED6968CF57C">​Our Paper Life uses simple, recyclable cardboard to construct high impact displays and furniture. Their products are reusable and fully recyclable throughout Canada. </div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/OurPaperLife_600x600.jpg, Portfolio image
Keilhauerhttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/KeilhauerKeilhauer<div class="ExternalClass4ED81180F31F4CB99B399B66FC36214D"><p>Leather, felt, and steel make Keilhauer’s Felt lounge collection. The company aims for closed loop manufacturing, with minimal waste manufacturing techniques, adding value to their by-products, and easy instructions for disassembly.</p></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/Keilhauer.jpg, Portfolio Image
Live for Tomorrowhttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/Live for TomorrowLive for Tomorrow<div class="ExternalClassAAB9552D93F6495996AC1D3E227F6D0C"><p>Reduce, reuse, recycle – Live for Tomorrow hits them all with their highly concentrated natural and biodegradable laundry detergent that comes in a refillable bottle that you can recycle after use. With 4 pumps per load, this little bottle gives you 50 loads of eco-friendly performance. Replacement pumps are available to sustain the life of the packaging.</p></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/LiveforTomorrow.jpg, Portfolio Image
Mountain Skyhttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/Mountain SkyMountain Sky<div class="ExternalClassA10C4CEF8E76458D8CF546AF3D92CB8D"><p>Crafting using simple natural ingredients, Mountain Sky produces a biodegradable, river friendly soap packaged in a recyclable box. By creating a destiny for their soap ends and sticking to reused packaging materials, Mountain Sky minimizes the waste footprint of these long lasting bars.</p></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/MountainSky.jpg, Portfolio Image
Nature’s Pathhttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/Natures PathNature’s Path<div class="ExternalClass3F3D62B72E4845349B47B767CD4FE39B"><p>Careful paperboard design, space and weight optimization helped Nature’s Path reduce their paperboard consumption for their granola by 10% over a single year in 2011. Nature’s Path prioritizes recyclable materials in their packaging.</p></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/NaturesPath.jpg, Portfolio Image
Steelcasehttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/SteelcaseSteelcase<div class="ExternalClass92281D5BD36D4BB2934CBDACABF74A6B"><p>By sourcing simple recycled materials, crafting a light, 15kg product (including packaging!), shipping in reusable totes, offering replacement parts, designing for easy disassembly and 99% recyclability by weight, Steelcase plans the entire lifecycle of their high performance New Think chairs.</p> </div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/Steelcase.jpg, Portfolio Image
Boardroom EcoApparelhttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/Boardroom EcoApparelBoardroom EcoApparel<div class="ExternalClass7790FE1C47A94052BE4DDBD8AA4E3AE7"><p>Hydrate, wear, return. Boardroom EcoApparel takes recycling to heart, using PET water bottles to make their line of 100% recycled polyester apparel. Their verified supply chain doesn’t stop when it gets to you, Boardroom will take your used 100% polyester items right back into their manufacturing stream.</p></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/BoardroomEcoApparel.jpg, Portfolio Image
Viva Healthcarehttp://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/Viva HealthcareViva Healthcare<div class="ExternalClass0DBA930EB7A84C15BF1E5986F8001924"><div><p>Viva Healthcare is innovating in the personal care aisle by introducing a polypropylene (plastic #5) tube for your lotions and gels. Cutting waste throughout their production, they're pushing the next generation of healthcare products designed for zero waste.</p></div></div>http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/design/portfolio/ProductImages/viva-tube.jpg, Portfolio image

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