In part, it's because I didn't know that Zero Waste Week was "a thing."
It is... and it was last week.
Having begun in 2008 in the United Kingdom, Zero Waste Week was just a UK Zero Waste initiative but is now a global one. This grassroots movement was started by Rachelle Strauss and it is the first full week (including a Monday) of September. This year, it was last week: Sept 4-8, 2023.
From their website:
“ 'Zero Waste' does not have to apply only to individuals who literally produce no waste. Practicing zero waste can simply mean adopting a lifestyle in support of a circular economy that makes the most sustainable use out of our resources."
So yes, we may have missed Zero Waste Week by a half dozen days, but perhaps this is in the category of "it's never too late to start."
To learn more, check out the following resources:
- Zero Waste Week Resources
- Zero Waste US
- The Educational Resources at Zero Waste International Alliance
- September 2-6, 2024
- September 1-5, 2025
- September 7-11, 2026