Fredrika Syren of Zero Waste Family and her family educate the community all about the benefits of introducing zero waste practices into daily life. They have been successfully sustaining majority of their own food since becoming a zero waste family. Follow them on Instagram at @zero.waste.family and check out their website zerowastefamily.com for more free content!
A Note From Fredrika: I grew up in the forest—the trees were my playground. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the climate crisis we find ourselves in today—but it wasn’t until I became a mother that I felt a deep sense of urgency about it.
Fueled by that maternal, protective instinct to leave my children with a healthy planet to call home long after I’m gone— we’ve slowly (and clumsily, at times) embraced a zero-waste lifestyle—and we’re still figuring it out as we go. We were living in Sweden back in 2015 when we made the commitment to go zero-waste (basically, if we couldn’t compost or recycle it—we wouldn’t buy it).
It was challenging, required creativity, and I often found myself wishing for a roadmap or handbook to follow…which eventually inspired me to write one. We have lived on an urban homestead ten minutes off the freeway in the middle of San Diego. Together with my husband James and our kids Bella (13), Noah (8), and Liam (6), we cared for our 400 square foot backyard garden, which sustains many of our meals. We will now be living in Sweden for the summer, sharing more tips on how to garden in small indoor/outdoor spaces.
We’ve slowly integrated changes like eating vegan, going plastic-free, and buying organic—but not without a whole compost pile of trial and error along the way. Living zero-waste in a consumer culture isn’t easy—so we do our best to make it as transparent, straightforward, and light-hearted as possible. And while there are hard days, the unexpected benefits like more time, more money, and deeper connection have made it well-worth the lifestyle change.
I hope you enjoy this course! I have packed it with many years of information and tips that will help you accomplish your gardening and sustainability goals! Plus, gardening is so good for mental health and I will forever be grateful for those benefits as well! Happy Gardening!