Patrick Wilkie

Patrick Wilkie is a Zero Waste researcher and systems designer in Vancouver. He has improved waste data systems for UBC, through techniques such as waste auditing, system mapping, and stakeholder discussions. He co-designed the mugshare program which eliminates the need for single-use cups through a cup-sharing circular economy and developing a network of cafes as participants. He was the winner of the 2018 BioDesign Challenge at the MoMA in New York for his team’s design of MYCOmmunity Toilet, a low-cost, off grid human waste processing system grown from natural materials. Since 2016 Patrick has built machines, processes and collaborations to value and upcycle waste, as well as hosting and facilitating educational workshops with communities in Vancouver, Nicaragua and elsewhere.

Projects

Mugshare

With MugShare, anyone at UBC can easily borrow travel mugs in which to enjoy the beverage of their choice without the hassle of carrying it around and cleaning it.

INDO X MELT

The transdiciplinary and transnational INDOxMELT collective wants to accelerate solutions to plastic pollution.

WasteNauts

UBC WasteNauts believe that waste plastic is more valuable as useful products than harmful ocean waste.

MYCOmmunity Toilet

we grow toilets. use them. compost them. solve a world problem.

Blog Posts

Java’s waste banks

Waste banks are a novel concept for addressing Indonesian waste problems. Instead of burning their waste or throwing it into rivers, communities establish a place for villagers to deposit their…

WHAT ARE MICROPLASTICS?

Microplastics are a common form of plastic, often overlooked literally and figuratively, that are less than 1mm in size. A popular type of micro plastics are microbeads. Common in facial scrubs,…

PETE CLARKSON + THE WASHED UP WORKSHOP

AFTER A MORNING SURF AND A QUICK TAILGATE LUNCH OF QUESADILLAS IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE TOFINO BOTANICAL GARDENS, WE HEADED OVER TO PETE CLARKSON’S HOME-STUDIO TO SEE HIS…

AUDIT 001

Garbage is gross. No surprise there. It’s also, for our purposes, incredibly useful. So at the end of August, three of us spent a couple hours sorting through 5 big…