The term Zero Waste indicates a waste management strategy.
This strategy aims to redesign the cyclical life of waste considered not as waste but as resources to be reused as secondary raw materials, contrasting practices that necessarily involve incineration or landfill processes, and tending to cancel or significantly reduce the quantity of waste to be disposed of.
This process is based on the principles of the circular economy and protection of resources present in nature.
Among the major theorists of the Zero Waste model is prof. Paul Connett, professor emeritus of St. Lawrence University.
Zero Waste is therefore also a movement and a lifestyle that is committed to reducing waste production to a minimum, trying to completely eliminate the concept of “waste”. The goal is to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfill and to promote sustainable practices for managing materials.
People who adopt a Zero Waste lifestyle try to reduce the consumption of disposable products, preferring reusable ones, and try to purchase products with minimal packaging or that are completely recyclable. They reduce the use of non-recyclable materials and try to recycle or compost as much as possible.
The Zero Waste movement promotes education on sustainable waste management, awareness of the environmental impact of consumption and the adoption of practices that minimize pollution and environmental degradation. Some of the common practices in the Zero Waste movement include composting organic waste, reusing containers, purchasing products in bulk, and being aware of the durability of materials.