Has there been any practical investigations into potential resources to make colonisation as waste less as possible?
Obviously I don't expect colonisers to be throwing crisp packets on the floor or tucking empty Starbucks cups into small crevasses in the structures.
Has there been investigation into the biodegradability of potential colonisation materials to ensure minimum corruption or contamination of the target landing area?
For example in the resources used to build, or package, the materials used for construction or delivery of said materials. I presume this would be important because it would be a bad start to land on a planet and have to start a rubbish dump on day 1!