Zero Waste for Families

Zero Waste for Families

A Practical Guide

Fredrika Syren


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Small Changes. Big Impact.

Climate change and sustainability are part of every choice we make every day; we know we need to be environmentally responsible, but how?

Raising three active kids, Fredrika Syren and her family made a commitment to go Zero Waste over 10 years ago when faced with this same question. Shifting their habits gradually to live mindfully in the environment, they made small-scale changes to do their part for climate change.

From removing the household trash can to composting everything and growing their own food, the adventures of teaching their children how to live a greener lifestyle in an ordinary San Diego suburb yields the practical guidebook that became Zero Waste for Families. Syren shares their steps - and missteps - to guide families from low waste to zero waste with small changes, tips and tricks that add up to a BIG positive impact on the planet.

Top features include:

  • Over 150 pages of practical tips for beginners and advanced zero-wasters
  • Tried-and-true DIY recipes for healthy sustainable meals, eco-friendly
  • beauty, and a less-waste, healthy home
  • How to travel zero waste and reduce your carbon footprint
  • How to grow your own food and compost everything - even in the city!
  • Tips for reducing waste with babies and and children, including crafts, toys and school supplies
  • How this family saved $18,000 a year going zero waste

Readers of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide by Jen Gale and Green Living Made Easy by Nancy Birtwhistle will find new tips and ideas – but the same loving kindness and gentle guidance – in Zero Waste for Families

"A must read for anyone wanting to have a positive impact on our planet and learn zero waste!" - Anisa Maruschak, Founder of The Circular Consumer

"This simple guide demystifies the term "zero waste" and gives you a roadmap to live a healthier, more conscientious life. The cost savings are an added bonus!" – Jessica Waite, CEO & Co-Founder, The Plot, a plant-based restaurant for the benefit of the planet; President Berry Good Food Foundation

"Fredrika nails it with fun, wit and gentle guidance that inspires the reader to be the change we want to see in the world!" - Susan Sullivan, Eco-Realtor, Spiritual Columnist, Grandmother of eight

"Zero Waste for Families not only laid out the sustainability journey in simple terms, but also emphasized the importance of focusing on the journey and not the destination. This was very helpful in not making me feel overwhelmed. I really liked the chapter on "Zero-waste and raising eco-minded kids" because children are the future! Great read!" – Shane Coopersmith, @Sustainable.Shane


Fredrika Syren:
Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2011, she founded the website where she shared her family's journey of living zero waste. Originally from Sweden, she lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family are featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste.