Dan Phillips, of Phoenix Commotion, reuse innovator and popular Ted Talks presenter will be a featured speaker at international Zero Waste conference inNanaimo, B.C., Oct 2-4. Dan Phillips is a builder and designer from Huntsville Texas, who started Phoenix Commotion with his wife Marsha, in 1998, that proves that constructinghomes with recycled and salvaged materials has a viable place in the building industry. With a mission to divert landfill waste while teaching building skills, Phoenix Commotioncreates affordable housing that are creative masterpieces. In 2003, the company received the award for the most innovative housing worldwide from the Institute of SocialInvention in London.
“Ten percent of the average landfill is reusable building materials,” says Dan Phillips, “In a town of 30,000 people, we throw out enough materials to build ahouse every week. When we have families who can’t afford a home; that is the height of arrogance.”
Dan Phillips’ presentation will be of interest to builders, housing advocates, city planners and individuals interested in reuse and repurposing.
Alternatives to Incinerators & Landfills, Zero Waste International Alliance Conference and Dialogue is a solutions based conference hosted by Zero Waste Canada that unites localZero Waste advocates with international experts. Reuse, salvaging, repurposing and conserving materials and resources will be important topics in the diverse program of presentations in the three day conference.
Zero Waste Canada is a not for profit, non-artisan organization that promotes genuine Zero Waste solutions. Zero Waste Canada adheres to the Zero Waste International Alliance’sPrinciple of Highest and Best Use. That is: “We continuously evaluate our markets and direct our discarded products and packaging to recover the highest value according to the followinghierarchy: reuse of the product for its original purpose; reuse of the product for an alternate purpose; reuse of its parts; reuse of the materials; sustainable recycling of inorganic materialsin closed loop systems; sustainable recycling of inorganic materials in single-use applications; composting of organic materials to sustain soils and avoid use of chemical fertilizers; andcomposting or mulching of organic materials to reduce erosion and litter and retain moisture.”
Early bird registration is open to all members of public now. Registration and additional conference information can be found here http://www.zerowastecanada.ca/zero-waste-canada-conference-zwia14