Zero Waste Week was created a non-commercial grassroots campaign to demonstrate means and methods to reduce waste, foster community support and bring awareness to the increasing problem of environmental waste and pollution. The term ‘Zero Waste Week’ is now used by many organizations, groups and individuals not connected to the original campaign. Local and national events are held annually where participants and communities make a concerted effort to demonstrate that household, business and industrial waste can be eliminated or reduced.
This concept is inspired largely by the natural ecosystem that efficiently reduces nearly all organic substances to reusable components to provide new life and growth. This symbiotic life cycle is both sustainable and renewable, providing a well proven model for human adoption.
Zero Waste Week recognizes the need to use natural compost from organic food waste to provide a useful plant nutrient product as opposed to putting food in landfill where it produces methane, a global warming greenhouse gas. The campaign also tackles the problem of disposal of many non-organic synthetic materials, such as plastic material packaging and non-biodegradable man-made products, that are producing a global problem to the environment in both volume and toxicity.