$1,800 – $3,500

Leverage Lab COLLABORATIVE 2018

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What is Leverage Lab?

Leverage Lab helps get change unstuck. We work in the intersection between government agencies, industry associations, and businesses, and we are providing the methodology to bridge the gap between sustainability goals and actions towards them.

It’s a win-win.

Businesses gain a systemic perspective of their ecological footprint. They learn about the challenges they are facing now and in the future, how to mitigate the risks associated, and what innovation and leveraging opportunities exist. This gives them a competitive edge and improves their brand reputation while cutting costs.

Leverage Lab COLLABORATIVE 2018 is a six-month program for industry stakeholders ready to collaboratively tackle the issue of textiles waste. Building on the momentum of last year’s COLLABORATIVE, this year this is our focus:

How Leverage Lab COLLABORATIVE works?

Leverage COLLABORATIVE, a 6-month program where progressive organizations gather once every second month for a full-day facilitated workshop to build collective action and prototype solutions to the problem of apparel waste.

Our partners and co-conveners will work between meetings to offer:

  • 1500 facilitation and administration hours throughout valued at $60,000 dollars

  • 1100 Research and Development hours with leading academic institutions valued at $45,000

There will be a Debrief celebration at the end where participants share progress, celebrate solutions, and discuss lessons learned as well as next steps.

What you'll get:

  • Gain leadership in shaping a solution that works for Vancouver's textile economy

  • Connect with industry leaders across sectors

  • Ability to mitigate risk in your enterprise due to increased knowledge and connections pertaining to circular design

  • Opportunity to demonstrate leadership in the apparel industry, and to signal to customers that your company is “walking the talk” in adopting sustainable practices

  • Opportunity to show shareholders follow through on strategic commitments to R&D, greener business practices, and innovation at 1/25 of what it would cost you to do it alone.

  • Access to leading thinking and resources around issues of sustainability in apparel industry particularly with take-back programs and circular economy models

  • A continuing sense of camaraderie and deepening of relationships with like-minded individuals

Schedule (dates are pending and depend upon funding support


In order to participate organizations will need to register here by March 15th. They will also need to meet a set of criteria demonstrating their willingness to put some skin in the game. We are looking for progressive organizations who are willing to either trial innovative recycled product in their store, lend us their R&D assets, share their waste stream products or survey their customers. This Lab is for those willing to test, and push boundaries to trial new opportunities pertaining to circular fibers economy. No spectators welcome!

Here are a few testimonials to give you more of an idea of what we are about:

“The Leverage Lab allowed me to collaborate in ways rarely found within my industry. With the guidance of Sara and her team, I discovered the areas in our business making the biggest environmental impact – sparking our initiative to address them as part of our corporate sustainability plan. Now, we are working towards a greener business.” - Sarah Cumming - C.O.O. at GENTLE FAWN

“Through facilitated networking sessions, the Leverage Lab helped us reinforce and develop new business relationships. We’re a service organization, and the process allowed us to better see our business as inputs and outputs; allowing us to see new opportunities to be more sustainable.- Darla Simpson - Engagement Specialist at SES Consulting Inc.

“The Leverage Lab is a great resource for sharing industry perspectives and promoting future collaborative change. As it keeps growing key partnerships, these sessions have the potential to create large-scale change through an effective platform of open discussion. I was pleased to see a good mix of industry representatives in attendance at the sessions I participated in.- Kemp Edwards - President at Ethical Profiling


How do I get the Discount? Email: sara@theleveragelab.com for the code

What is the benefit of participating in Leverage Lab COLLABORATIVE? Leverage Lab COLLABORATIVE gives you the opportunity to address problems your business and industry face on a systemic level with other industry partners. It gives you the opportunity to partner up with other key stakeholders to identify the key challenges and construct solutions that accurately address these problems. In this case, you and your peers in this workshop will work towards building a solution that addresses the lack of regional end markets for apparel waste that otherwise goes to the landfill.

What if I cannot make a meeting? Each candidate commits to participating in all 3 sessions - no exceptions. Meetings are selected based on the results of an online Doodle poll to best accommodate everyone's different schedules.

What if I have more questions? Feel free to reach out with questions by email to sara@theleveragelab.com

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