The Circular Economy

The linear way our economies use and dispose of resources is increasingly putting pressure on our natural systems, communities, and public health. Transitioning to a clean economy starts with finding smart new approaches and technologies that create economic opportunities out of the materials we might otherwise throw away.

The circular economy is a new way of doing business that extracts as much value as possible from resources by recycling, repairing, reusing, repurposing, or refurbishing products and materials—eliminating waste and greenhouse gas emissions at the design stage. Businesses can use circular designs to save money or open up new market opportunities, from turning pulp-and-paper-mill waste into renewable bioproducts, to launching product buy-back programs that enhance customer interaction and recover usable materials. This movement has been gaining global momentum in recent years.

Simply put, by participating in the circular economy, communities, businesses, and people—of all ages and from all walks of life—are rethinking the potential value of materials and products before they become waste. The circular economy is finding ways to move toward greener, more sustainable options that support a cleaner and more competitive economy.

The long-term goal of the circular economy is to design out the concept of waste.

Learn more from the Government of Canada – HERE

World Circular Economy Forum 2021

The 2021 edition of the landmark circular economy event of the year, the World Circular Economy Forum, will be held in Toronto, Ontario, at the Beanfield Centre, from September 13 to 15.

Canadian businesses and the circular economy

The Canadian business community is at the forefront of reimagining the way we use our resources.

Get involved in the Circular Economy

Some examples of creative ways to recycle or repurpose items, reduce food waste, and repair things instead of throwing them out.


Ellen MacArthur Foundation

National Zero Waste Council 

Circular Innovation Council

Recycling Council of BC

Plastics Pact – New Plastics Economy

Canada Plastics Pact 

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Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program, focused solely on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. The celebratory nature of the campaign is how its motivates learning and behavior change.

The program’s educational resources and “take action” messaging empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. Waste Reduction Week in Canada further provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating the solutions to the many environmental challenges we face including climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.

The Circular Economy exists to take care of old and unwanted things or else sooner or later we’ll be swimming in litter. Recycle your old phone case with the eco-train Case Recovery Program.

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Lifeproof WAKE protects your device and the planet!

The LifeProof WAKE protective case features a fashion forward wave pattern and 2-meter drop protection, all in an ultra-thin one-piece design made from over 85% ocean based recycled plastic.

WAKE is LifeProof’s first case made from recycled plastics, over 85% of which comes from ocean based recycled plastic, including fishing nets and ropes.

Fishing nets and many other recoverable plastics make up a massive portion of all plastics currently in the ocean. LifeProof WAKE cases are the only case in the Canadian market that recycle ocean plastics and turn them into stylish and sustainable cases, without sacrificing performance.

Why Make a Case from Recycled Fishing Nets?

Why do anything? Because it’s the right thing to do. While much of Canada has focused on ridding the world of plastic straws, which made up less than 1 percent of all plastics in the ocean, abandoned fishing nets and other harmful plastics make up a much greater percentage of all waste in the ocean.

What the United Nations is Saying

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, there are 640,000 tonnes of “ghost” fishing nets currently in our oceans which is equal to more than 10 percent of all plastic in the sea.

If these types of plastics are not recaptured, they will break down and turn into micro plastics which fish and other sea mammals will ingest. That’s why LifeProof Wake is prepared to make waves not only in their case’s design, but in the circular economy the world is working towards today.

A portion of all proceeds from cases sold will also go back to helping with clean water related causes and it all comes in a recyclable packaging.



  • Made from over 85% ocean based recycled plastic
  • Unique wave-pattern aesthetic
  • Clean, one-piece construction
  • Doesn’t interfere with displays or cameras
  • Drop Proof up to 2 meters
  • Styled with a subtle wave pattern
  • 100% recyclable packaging


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NEW Clear compostable cases from Pela!

Pela is a Canadian company headquartered in Kelowna BC that creates sustainable, plant-based alternatives to conventional plastic products. They created the world’s first ever fully compostable phone case. Now they have created the world’s first ever CLEAR 100% compostable phone case. The cases offer Military-Grade Drop Protection for your device and are available in multiple colors.

Pela also supports the Circular Economy in Canada by sponsoring the eco-train Case Recovery Program. Pela cases that are returned through the program are returned back to Pela for re-use or industrial composting.

Pela aims to remove 1 BILLION POUNDS of plastic from the waste stream by 2028 – That’s an agresive and very impressive goal!

These cases are available now with free shipping anywhere in Canada at

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NEW Compostable protective case from Uunique London

The Unnique NUTRISITI Series Eco-Guard Case offers durability and an eco-conscious design that is 100% biodegradable/compostable.

The Uunique Nutrisiti Eco-Guard Case features a dual injection design with a smooth matte finish for a professional smart look. The 2mm thickness gives users the slim design they want, with all of the drop protection (up to 6ft.) they need. The reinforced raised edge protects the users screen from meeting the pavement while the one-piece design offers an effortless and snug fit to the contours of the phone.

NUTRISITI cases are made with customised blends of 100% biodegradable/compostable polymers and plant-based materials.

1% of Purchase Will Help Save The Planet

Uunique London has committed 1% to help leading globally recognised eco-charities & relief organisations working for the betterment of our environment and oceans.

Plastic Free – Zero Waste

Shipment packaging is plastic free and entirely recyclable. Uunique NUTRISITI is supplied as an eco-friendly solution and includes sustainable uncoated packaging that is printed with soy-ink and uses natural glue ingredients.



    • 6ft. Military Drop Protection
    • 100% Biodegradable/Compostable
    • 2mm Thickness – Slim Contoured Protection
    • Reinforced Raised Screen Edge Protection
    • Grooved for Grip & Protection
    • Supports Qi Wireless Charging
    • Access to All Ports and Buttons



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Together we can protect our home

June 8th is World Oceans Day – Get Involved!


For 2020 World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30×30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for all!

Sign the petition!



HELP SPREAD AWARENESS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA – use hashtags #ProtectOurHome  #WorldOceansDay

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Eco-train proudly supports Ocean Legacy Foundation

Ocean Legacy Foundation


The Ocean Legacy Foundation is a Canadian based, internationally recognized NON-PROFIT organization that has developed a world leading PLASTIC POLLUTION EMERGENCY RESPONSE™ program called EPIC.  This dynamic and INTEGRATIVE approach combines 4 main components; EDUCATION, POLICY, INFRASTRUCTURE and CLEANUP. Our goal is to give plastic waste an ECONOMIC VALUE to stimulate the plastic circular economy and provide communities the LONG-TERM TOOLS they need to STEWARD THEIR ENVIRONMENT keeping PLASTIC OUT OF THE OCEANS.

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Eco-train is a proud supporter of Canada BioDesign

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Mission Statement

Our vision is to promote the greatest possible value of Canadian biomass and residual products while promoting the goals of reducing the carbon footprint and the efficient stewardship of natural capital for generations to come. The development of a rigorous bioeconomy is the platform that will help society respond to environmental challenges and continue the evolution of biorefineries and clusters that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Benefits include sustainable economic growth, particularly for rural economies, and the creation of new high-skilled jobs.

About BioDesign

BioDesign is an industry-led consortium of companies, associations, academic and research institutions from several sectors that is focused on using the potential of Canada’s natural resources to accelerate Canada’s transition to a sustainable, low-carbon society. Its advocates believe that a new global biomass-based industry is evolving, that the industry will grow rapidly, and that Canada has a unique opportunity to participate and lead the development of this new industry as a key participant.

BioDesign has the potential to generate $6 billion in economic growth; 64,200 new direct and indirect jobs; and a reduction in greenhouse gases of 4 million tonnes per year.

Canada’s Bioeconomy Strategy

In May 2019, BioDesign released Canada’s first national bioeconomy strategy, representing the vision of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country.

The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada’s forestry ministers. These priority areas are:

  • Implementing a modernized regulatory system that enables innovation, provides certainty to industry and enables the bioeconomy;
  • Establishing exemplary stewardship of Canada’s natural capital including agricultural and forestry;
  • Having a business climate that supports the scaling up of Canadian companies and makes Canada a leading nation in the bioeconomy and a country in which to invest; and
  • Supporting a strong sustainable innovation ecosystem with an emphasis on high performing clusters, job training and skills development.

Consultations with industry concluded that a national strategy was needed to fully advance Canada’s bioeconomy. The Strategy recognizes the role of innovation clusters and ecosystems, which are key to advancing Canada’s bioeconomy. These ecosytems facilitate links between producers, SMEs and large companies throughout the value chain, both domestically and internationally, and include biomass producers and processors, as well as companies manufacturing products producing bioenergy, biofuels, biochemicals, biomaterials, and consumer products.

With this Strategy, the industry has identified ways in which Canada’s competitive advantages, including access to biomass, international leadership in forestry and agriculture, sustainable resource management and a workforce can make Canada a world leader.

The recommendations focus on commercializing innovation to enable the growth of larger companies, and on the adoption of Canadian products and processes in international value chains.

The recommendations call on the government to develop policies and regulations and to provide support to businesses and the agriculture and forestry sectors in order to adopt practices and new technologies that improve the stewardship of natural resources and increase productivity.

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