Waste & Circular Systems

In the EU, around 88 million tons of food waste are generated annually with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros. - European Commission

One third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted.

Meanwhile over 840 million people worldwide (12% of the world population) are undernourished. – FAO

The Waste and Circular Systems Initiative promotes circular mindsets through reimagination of waste value to facilitate transition to climate-smart lifestyles.

Waste initiative

Far beyond the economic loss, wasting and losing food represents an unnecessary cost for our Planet to bear. Developing a circular mindset not only involves recycling, reuse, remanufacturing, and refurbishment but also means minimizing the use of resource inputs and improving food inefficiencies. Before becoming waste, food is a vital element for human survival, it is a precious value.

This Initiative has been grounded into a plurality of projects and activities aimed at first increasing consciousness and awareness, and secondly, gathering the global community, with its beautiful and diverse voices, to lead towards actionable and long-lasting change.


zero waste global convivium

Launched for the first United Nations International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, this 8-hours digital marathon stimulated conscious conversations from farm to table, from institutional halls to climate-smart labs and kitchens.

Strategic partners included. FAO, FICO Foundation, Zero Waste Campaign and the Italian representation of the European Union. 

From Waste to Value

This project aimed to create an innovative circular economy model for the recovery of waste and food waste inside a shopping center focusing on conversion of ‘second products’ to be reintroduced at the center. 

Strategic partners included FAO, FICO Foundation, Zero Waste Campaign and the Italian representation of the European Union, UN Food System Summit. 

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Future Food Institute named “Good practice: Agri-food Circular Systems: the Future Food Institute Ecosystem. Education, Community, Innovation”

Since February 2021, the Future Food Institute has been officially included among the European Good practices on Agri-food Circular Systems.

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