The Project Zero incubator program helps entrepreneurs with new business ideas or early start-ups turn waste into a resource rather than a liability.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to contribute to a circular economy,” says Victoria-based entrepreneur and Vancity business member Laska Paré. “Anything you purchase, you’re responsible for it until the end of its life cycle.”
It was this idea that inspired Laska to start Flipside Plastics, a micro-recycling business helping turn plastic waste, such as coffee cup lids, into new, useful products, such as soap dishes, clothespins and coasters. “Currently, plastic on Vancouver Island is collected and shipped to the mainland to be processed – and it’s not guaranteed it will actually be recycled after that.”