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 #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

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 #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 #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 #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