October is Circular Economy Month

Launched by the Circular Innovation Council, Circular Economy Month is dedicated to educating and empowering Canadians to support the transition to a circular economic model. Circular Economy Month raises awareness about the benefits of the circular economy and celebrates circular innovations learn more, visit circulareconomymonth.ca.  

District of Squamish Circular Economy Framework

1. Re-think Progress: What is a Circular Economy?

Ellen Macarthur Foundation's short introductory video explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy.

2. Attend a Squamish Event to share, reuse and repair, and make your household and business more Circular

Check out our October event series dedicated to zero waste and a Circular Economy and join us! The District of Squamish brings this event series to you, in collaboration with the Squamish Climate Action Network and Squamish Welcome Centre.

October 11: Upcycling Workshop – Tote-ally awesome totes!

Where? 55 Activity Centre

When? Wednesday, October 11, 6 – 8 pm

Bring a T-shirt you no longer love to wear and learn how to turn it into a handy tote bag. No sewing is required! You will end up with an easy-to-carry, washable bag ideally for groceries, days at the lake, and running errands. 

Please register online to secure your spot.

October 14: Repair Café

Where? 55 Activity Centre

When? Saturday, October 14, 10 am – 2 pm

The Repair Café returns this Fall! Bring your broken items to this popular event where skilled volunteers will help you with the repair – for free.

What is a Repair Café?

Repair Cafés are free meeting places for repairing things (together). At the Repair Café you will find the expertise, tools and materials required to help you make many of the repairs you need. Volunteer fixers will be on hand to help and guide the repairs. You can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or even lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.

October 21: Clothing & Book Swap

Where? 55 Activity Centre

When? Saturday, October 22, drop-off from 9 am – 12 pm, event from 10 am – 3 pm

Please mind that all items need to be clean and in decent condition. We cannot accept broken or dirty items. This event will only focus on adult clothing, shoes, and accessories – there will be a separate kids’ event in the spring.

When you come to drop off your items, we will ask you to self-sort and drop them off at suitable tables. We won’t be able to take bagged donations and sort them for you, but we are there to help.

Got some clean clothes or books that you don’t need anymore? Or are you looking for some hidden treasures? Hoping to stock up for your fall reading list? Come to the 2023 Clothing & Book Swap!

October 28: Upcycling Small Furniture with Paper Mache – for the whole family!

Where? Squamish Welcome Centre

When? Saturday, October 28, 1 – 3 pm

Do you have a picture frame, mirror, or lamp lying around the house that needs a bit of sprucing up? Come join us at the Squamish Welcome Centre for a workshop dedicated to giving items a new life. Bring your own if you have them, but supplies will be provided, too! This event is for the whole family – kids are welcome and encouraged to join this workshop.

3. Consider these Squamish-based solutions to help your small-business business close the loop:

  1. Borrow, don't buy at the Squamish Library of Things
  2. Attend a zero-waste workshop: Zero Waste & Recycling | Squamish CAN Climate Action Network
  3. Shorten your supply chain and source locally-grown food: Good Food Program, Squamish-Lillooet Food Asset Map - Google My Maps
  4. Get the Waste Wizard App Recycling Collection - District of Squamish - Hardwired for Adventure
  5. Conduct a Waste Audit and email zerowaste@squamish.ca
  6. Buy used building supplies at Squamish Rebuild, a non-profit enterprise
  7. Retrofit your building: Better Buildings (betterbuildingsbc.ca)
  8. Look to Repair your business appliances: Repair Manuals for EveryThing - iFixit
  9. Make your events Zero-Waste Zero-Waste-Events-Guide.pdf (squamish.ca)
  10. Learn more about the District of Squamish Circular Economy Initiates. Squamish Circular Economy | Squamish Economic Development (investsquamish.ca)