Plastic: The Problem and the Possibilities

Plastic: The Problem and the Possibilities

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$0 – $30

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Compost Education Centre

1216 N Park St

Victoria, BC V8T 3K5


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Explore the life cycles of plastic and uncover your role in it.

About this event

No question, there’s a time and place when we need plastic. But our dependence on it has quickly evolved into a plastic crisis! In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn about the history of plastic, it’s life-cycle, and the problems we’re currently facing. They’ll also learn about Flipside Plastics and how their company sees plastic as a possibility! Participants will leave the workshop empowered with the knowledge and actions they need to take to do their part to keep plastic out of our landfills, lakes, parks, and oceans. IN this workshop we will:

• Explore the history of plastic and how it’s currently being dealt with at the end of life

• Identify the 7 most common types of plastic, their corresponding symbols and what to do with them

• Learn about other possibilities – like what Flipside Plastics is doing to close loops

• Go away with clear actions that you can do to reduce plastic consumption.

Instructor Bio: Laska Paré is the Founder and CEO of Flipside Plastics - a Victoria-based startup that creates quality bathroom accessories with recycled plastic. Her unshakeable spirit to create everyday products from recycled material is fueling circular possibilities and setting a new status quo in an unchanged market. When not obsessing over plastic, she enjoys fly fishing and composing songs on her ukulele.


If you are attending a workshop in person, any health and safety protocols will be emailed to you 24 hours in advance. The workshop may be hosted outside, please dress appropriately for all types of weather!

If you are attending a workshop online, zoom meeting details will be emailed to you 1 hour before the workshop starts. If you do not see the email, check your junk folder.


Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

There are a limited Number of Pay What You Can tickets available for folks who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), and people who are facing significant financial barriers to their involvement in our programming. The Compost Education Centre is in the process of examining the ways in which our program accessibility can be improved for all members of our community. This ticket gesture is by no means a fulsome examination of the systems of oppression that exist for people inside and outside of our community. We welcome your ideas and feedback.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 30 days of ticket purchase. After 30 days refunds and workshop exchanges are not permitted due to administrative staffing capacity. Please be in touch if you are no longer able to attend but hold a ticket so we can make your space available to someone else.

You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting


Accessibility info: The Compost Education Centre site has paths made of gravel (20%), and wood chips (80%). Mobility devices with wheels (such as wheelchairs, walkers etc.) are sometimes difficult to use on site, especially on the gravel paths.

There is a single-stall gender neutral washroom on site. The washroom is not wheelchair accessible and has a small step up from the gravel pathway, and another small step up from the washroom boardwalk.


The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa'wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks! Sign up or learn more on our website.

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