Closed-loop Supply Chain

Ideally, a zero-waste supply chain that completely reuses, recycles, or composts all materials. However, the term can also be used to refer to corporate take-back programs, where companies that produce a good are also responsible for its disposal.

  • D. Bijulal

    Is it possible to have “zero-waste” in all cases? Is it possible to completely recycle, reuse, or compost all the materials from all the goods?

  • http://www.sustainableday.com stiven

    Yes, it is possible to produce zero waist…it’s all around us in nature. Humans are the inventors and only producers of waste.

  • Joyce Buyco

    Definitely not in all cases if we are talking about the materials that we used in our lifetime. At ceratin points, some materials are not recyclable/reusable. On the other hand, some materials takes hundred of years to decompose…

  • http://www.CaliforniaGreenSolutions.com Carolyn Allen

    Nature doesn’t actively use everything in its storehouse, as far as I can tell. Hence, crude oil in caverns deep in the earth, the highly robust ground waters that are mixed with that crude oil, etc. Sometimes nature just “stores” materials for a long, long time. Is that zero waste?

  • Doctor Earth

    Nature likely does use everything in its storehouse, we just may not understand that use. That crude oil likely serves a purpose we are not yet aware of. The eco-system produces no waste! To accept this you must accept the idea that waste is at once both superfluos and harmful. This is the definition of waste.