Return-It Podcast

Welcome to Closing the Loop! A conversation about recycling, sustainability and the circular economy, brought to you by Return-It, an industry owned, not-for-profit product stewardship agency with beverage container management as its core business. Join Return-It President & CEO Allen Langdon as he speaks to industry leaders around the globe to bring awareness to environmental challenges and innovations. The podcast features thought-provoking conversations on some of the most important topics of our time. Learn more about what’s working, isn’t working and what we can do better together. The conversations cover initiatives large and small, with exciting ideas for us to consider both as individuals and organizations committed to sustainable solutions.

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Episode #11 Goodly Foods: Cooking with Potential

September 23, 2020

How can we find new potential while reducing food waste? Goodly Foods is a social enterprise in Vancouver, BC that uses surplus produce to create delicious soups for its community, while creating unique employment opportunities and supporting local food banks. On this episode of Closing the Loop, Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of Goodly Foods and Yuri Fulmer, Chairman at Fulmer & Company join Return-It President & CEO Allen Langdon to discuss Goodly Foods’ unique approach to reframing the narrative around food waste and seeing it as a resource and the potential it has to offer

Speakers:

        • Allen Langdon
          President & CEO
          Return-It
        • Aart Schuurman Hess
          CEO
          Goodly Foods
        • Yuri Fulmer
          Chairman
          Fulmer & Company

About Goodly Foods:

  • Goodly™ branded soups are available for purchase to buying partners in both retail and grocery outlets as well as to institutions and food service providers. To find out more about Goodly Foods, including its partners and how you can support the great work they do, please visit https://hellogoodly.ca/about/

Episode #10 Charting a Path for Sustainability

September 16, 2020

How can a brand be a catalyst for positive environmental change? In this episode of Closing the Loop, Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer at Keurig Dr Pepper, chats with Allen about Keurig Dr Pepper’s ambitious environmental goals. They discuss innovative strategies to create circular economies and the power of partnerships to support environmental commitments.

Speakers:

        • Allen Langdon
          President & CEO
          Return-It
        • Monique Oxender
          Chief Sustainability Officer
          Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Since the recording of this episode, Keurig Dr Pepper launched their 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report and new carbon targets which can be found here.

Episode #9 Impacts and Opportunities of the Pandemic on Sustainability

September 10, 2020

In this episode of Closing the Loop, Allen re-unites with business sustainability experts Heather Mak and Coro Strandberg (who previously appeared on the podcast’s debut episode) to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for businesses to rethink their business models. As a global pandemic changes the way we think about and interact with the world around us, the trio discusses how these shifts have also given businesses new license to focus on sustainability initiatives.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO
        Return-It
      • Heather Mak
        Founder/Advisor
        Heather Mak Consulting
      • Coro Strandberg
        President
        Strandberg Consulting

About our Speakers:

  • Coro Strandberg spoke to the vision of building a Purpose-Led Economy as society emerges from the pandemic. Three reports that shed light on this vision and the role you can play can be found here. Info on how to sign up to the Social Purpose Institute’s newsletter to keep informed of these developments can be found here.

  • Heather Mak spoke to Diversity in Sustainability (more info here) and ESG. Information on the ESG investing landscape can be found here. An article about the outperformance of ESG funds during the pandemic can be found here.

Episode #8 Lighter Living: Living well and fairly within our ecological means

February 13, 2020

How can we all live lighter and support our communities? Emily Pearson, Portfolio Manager, Community Investment at Vancity Credit Union, speaks with our President and CEO Allen Langdon about their Lighter Living initiative to create sustainable opportunities in our communities. They discuss the successes of Lighter Living, opportunities, how we can collectively close the loop and make a difference, and more.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO 
        Return-It
      • Emily Pearson
        Portfolio Manager, Community Investment
        Vancity Credit Union

Episode #7 Turning the Tide on Marine Pollution

February 13, 2020

Wondering what is being done to combat marine pollution? For episode 7 of Closing the Loop, Allen chats with Alison Wood, Executive Director of Ocean Ambassadors Canada — an organization that works to connect the next generation with our oceans. They discuss Ocean Ambassadors Canada’s educational initiatives, what’s next for the organization, and their recently renewed partnership with Return-It.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO
        Return-It
      • Allison Wood
        Executive Director
        Ocean Ambassadors

Episode #6 How Recycling in the US is Changing the Policy and Politics of Recycling

January 23, 2020

Allen speaks to CEO Keefe Harrison and Dylan de Thomas, VP of Industry Collaboration at the Recycling Partnership to learn more about how Recycling in the US is Changing the Policy and Politics of Recycling. They discuss challenges, successes and ambitious commitments to create closed-loop systems.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO 
        Return-It
      • Keefe Harrison
        CEO
        Recycling Partnership
      • Dylan de Thomas
        VP of Industry Collaboration
        Recycling Partnership

Episode #5 The Changing Landscape for Electronics Recycling in Canada

January 2, 2020

Canada’s Electronic Products Recycling Association is the industry-led not-for-profit stewardship agency that keeps 100,000 metric tonnes of old electronics out of landfills each year. In this episode of Closing the Loop, Allen catches up with EPRA’s President and CEO, Cliff Hacking. The pair discuss opportunities in the electronics recycling landscape in Canada, how it contributes to a circular economy, and what the public can do to make a difference.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO
        Return-It
      • Cliff Hacking
        President & CEO
        EPRA Canada

Episode #4 The Next Generation of Textiles Collection and Recycling

November 21, 2019

The average adult throws away about 81 pounds of clothing each year. What can be done to divert textiles from the landfill and support the next generation of textiles collection and recycling? In this edition of Closing the Loop, Allen chats with two leaders in textiles recycling: Tonny Colyn, National Director of Business Development and Sustainability for The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Canada, and Karen Storry, the Senior Project Engineer, Zero Waste Implementation for Metro Vancouver. Both Karen and Tonny offer insights and explore solutions to work towards closing the textiles loop.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO
        Return-It
      • Tonny Colyn
        National Director of Business Development  & Sustainability
        The Salvation Army
      • Karen Storry
        Senior Project Engineer
        Zero Waste Implementation, Metro Vancouver

Episode #3 Working Together to End Plastic Pollution

October 18, 2019

Who is committed – and who needs to be committed – to ending plastic pollution around the globe? Allen chats with Sander Defruyt, Lead, the New Plastics Economy at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and David Clark, Vice President, Sustainability at Amcor Ltd. about their perspectives and how we can work together to build a circular economy and close the loop for recyclable packaging products.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO
        Return-It
      • Sander Defruyt
        Lead New Plastics Economy
        Ellen MacArthur Foundation
      • David Clark
        VP, Sustainability
        Amcor Ltd.

Episode #2 A Conversation with Coca-Cola: An update on their World Without Waste Strategy

October 17, 2019

Learn about Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste Strategy. Coca-Cola Canada’s Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Ron Soreanu, and Coca-Cola North America’s Vice President, Sustainability, Bruce Karas share the thinking behind their ambitious sustainable packaging goal, the importance of partnerships, and what we can collectively do to contribute to a sustainable future.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO
        Return-It
      • Ron Soreanu
        VP, Public Affairs & Communications
        Coca-Cola Canada
      • Bruce Karas
        VP, Sustainability
        Coca-Cola North America

Episode #1 Sustainability Roundtable

October 17, 2019

Is sustainability just a trend? Heather Mak and Coro Strandberg - who have each made a career in leading sustainability in their sectors - chat with Allen about the global shift to prioritizing sustainability. They share advice for companies looking to engage in sustainability efforts, what is leading the environmental movement, what responsibilities organizations have, and more.

Speakers:

      • Allen Langdon
        President & CEO
        Return-It
      • Heather Mak
        Founder/Advisor
        Heather Mak Consulting
      • Coro Strandberg
        President
        Strandberg Consulting