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Zero Waste 'Dream Team' on Tour

Zero waste "Dream Team" tour performance

From October 4th to 9th, the zero waste expert team visited the Italian peninsula before participating in the World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The "Zero Waste Dream Team" is composed of leading experts in the field of zero waste and resource recycling.

"Zero Waste Dream Team":

Captain Charles Moore, scientist and discoverer of the "Great Pacific Garbage Strip". Paul Connett, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Rick Anthony, international supporter of the "10 Steps to Zero Waste" strategy, Ruth Abbe, Chairman of the Zero Waste International Alliance, Tom Wright, Chairman of the Zero Waste United States, Packaging Expert, and Rossano, Founder of Responsible-Packaging.org Ercolini, President Enzo Favoino, President of the European Zero Waste Scientific Committee

Captain Charles Moore, scientist and discoverer of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"

Dr. Paul Connett, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, International Supporter of the "10 Steps to Zero Waste" strategy

Rick Anthony, Chairman of the Zero Waste International Alliance

Ruth Abbe, President of Zero Waste America

Tom Wright, packaging expert, founder of Responsible-Packaging.org

Rossano Ercolini, President of Zero Waste Europe

Enzo Favoino, Chairman of the European Zero Waste Scientific Committee

This group provides unique possibilities for the exchange of ideas and best practices between the zero waste efforts in Europe and the pioneering efforts in California, USA.

The "Zero Waste Dream Team Tour" in Italy includes talks in various cities in Italy, many of which are of particular importance to the issue of zero waste.

In Palma, the city government adopted a “zero waste strategy” including roadside collection to reduce residual waste, thereby effectively reducing the available fuel for IREN waste incineration power generation.

Florence was the home of waste incineration and the residence of the former mayor and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who also hosted the tour, and they contacted the regional committee on waste management issues.

The trip also visited Turin, Vercelli and Rome, and then ended in Capannori, the first city in Europe to adhere to a zero-waste policy. Discussions were held in front of lively students, volunteer organizations, environmental protection associations, local council members and actively participating citizens.

The main message of the group includes the importance of community responsibility to fulfilling industrial responsibility, allowing downstream recovery and prevention to further integrate upstream. The group emphasized that the characteristic value of the zero waste movement is “affirmative politics”, which requires local politicians and local activists to cooperate against incineration and support prevention, reuse, recycling and final redesign.

The audience can see how the concept of zero waste is intricately connected with the concept of circular economy advocated at the European and international levels. This emphasizes how zero waste imitates nature through the flow of resources from cradle to cradle, thereby minimizing the impact on the environment through the policy of "no burning, no burying, and no toxic substances".

The team emphasized that zero waste does not require technically complex machines, but better organization, education, and industrial design. Although the responsibility of industrial designers is required to design products for circular resource flows, the key message communicated to the public revolves around the importance of individual separation of materials at the source. During their tour, the Zero Waste Dream Team reiterated how to achieve zero waste only requires existing technological forms and uses our brains and hands to separate materials. The panelists emphasized that for zero waste, social infrastructure is more important than physical infrastructure, and it is essential to bring cultural and behavioral changes in the development of new habits.

In this regard, the shots and relics shared by Captain Charles Moore on multiple journeys to the subtropical circulation of the North Pacific provide clear evidence of the impact of waste on the world. His speech particularly emphasized the importance of a simple gesture of handling plastic waste.

"I came to you as an ambassador for a region without voters. I am in a state of despair. All I can do is measure it and tell you the quantity. Represent it. As a scientist, I am looking for something that can contribute to something. The political movement of things. The only political movement I can find that is allied with myself is the zero waste movement."

– Captain Charles Moore

Throughout the tour, the message that resonates has always been one of hope and urgent information. There is no “walking” to throw garbage, there is no end of life, because there is no end of life, so there is the next life. Zero waste is ultimately not the end. This is the beginning. The beginning of "Yes Politics". The questions that the Zero Waste Dream Team will pose to Davos at the World Resources Forum will be the same as their trip to Italy:

"If you are not for zero waste, how much are you for waste?".

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