Zero Waste week was founded by Rachelle Strauss in 2008 and began as a National UK Campaign. Campaigns last a week and take place annually during the first full week in September. Zero Waste Week has created a non-commercial grass roots campaign to demonstrate means and methods to reduce waste, foster community support and bring awareness to the increasing problem of environmental waste and pollution. 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.
Zero Waste Week began in the UK in September 2008 with a modest following and participation. The campaign has continued to grow on a regular basis and now has reached public participation from seventy-three countries (2017).
The term ‘Zero waste’ is an inaccurate neologism that in most cases expresses an unrealistic ideal. However, the concept of Zero Waste is ethically and morally driven through a shared understanding among subscribers for the need to reduce waste as far as possible to Zero in order to maintain environmental sustainability. This concept is inspired largely by the natural eco system 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 recognises 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. Zero Waste week actively encourages people to reduce the use of synthetic materials and plastic packaging and seek alternative methods of transporting and storing food. As part of the growing trend for sustainability many foods can now be purchased unpackaged, or loose from shop shelves. Due to the ubiquitous use of plastics that cannot be avoided, Zero Waste Week also demonstrates methods of plastic reuse, as well as conscientious recycling to reduce the burden on landfill, incineration and environmental contamination. Zero Waste week adopts the adage there’s no such place as away meaning when we throw something away, it goes somewhere else, often causing harm or toxicity to the eco-system. The campaign's main directive is to bring awareness to people that we are all individually and collectively responsible for what we consume and that the short time of usefulness is only a small part of the overall life cycle of any product. (source: zerowasteweek.co.uk)
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