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Redefining waste through Trashion

Redefining waste through Trashion

Waste aWEARness  — redefining waste through Trashion 

Thank you for joining us in the Compass to celebrate Waste Reduction Week on October 19th and 20th.

Trashion, a hybrid of “trash” and “fashion”, is a term coined for art, jewelry, fashion and objects created from used, thrown-out, found and repurposed elements.  

Tenants and visitors were presented with an inspirational and creative showcase that encouraged them to think of waste as a resource… and challenged them to find innovative ways to repurpose everyday items usually thrown away.

In addition to a live Trashion fashion show with a DJ spinning tunes, tenants took selfies with the models, learnt about the garments, talked to Michelle Sin  – artist behind the garments – and were empowered to give second life to waste by repurposing everyday items.

Here are some photos from the event.

How can you reduce waste:

  • Bring a reusable mug! It keeps your drink warmer, and saves you money
  • Sport a reusable bag to carry your work, lunch, and all your purchases
  • Getting take-out? Bring your own box and utensils
  • Save paper by printing only the sections you require, printing double sided, and using a smaller margin

How is Commerce Court redefining and recycling waste:

The following programs in place and in partnership with our tenants, are integral to achieving a complex-wide diversion rate of 80%, as per our most recent annual diversion report. 

  • Waste Sorting Station with a dedicated and designated fulltime custodial staff member to separate waste from the concourse into appropriate collection bins
  • Individualized waste audits provide a separate diversion rate for each floor and tenant in the complex so performace metrics can be measured, analyzed and shared 
  • “Oops Cards” are placed in workspaces where recyclables are found in the wrong bins
  • Using coloured, transparent garbage and recycling bags ensures waste streams are being properly sorted and aids in the visibility for safe handling of the material
  • Standardized signage throughout tenant areas and ‘back of house’ waste and recycling depot to facilitate increased recycling and comprehension

To learn more about our Sustainability programs at the complex, click here.


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