Reduce your food expenses and waste with tips from The Zero Waste Family


The summer abundance of farmers markets and vegetable gardens is just around the corner. Now is a great time to set family goals to reduce waste. And Fredrika Syren, author of “Zero Waste for Families: A Practical Guide”, creator of The Zero Waste Family (, and mother of three, is an expert in reducing the impact of a growing family. on the environment.

The book will be released on Earth Day, April 22. It’s a comprehensive guide to change, with Syren’s family explaining how to make it work, and it even includes the perspective of her 14-year-old daughter, Bella.

Pick one or more of Syren’s steps and make it a family project, inviting kids to try their hand at something simple, like sorting recycling, and planning a litter-free picnic. Syren has recipes for using up kitchen scraps, homemade cleaning product formulas and more.

To help you get started, Syren offers these tips for reducing your food budget:

If your budget allows, stock up on sale items. (For example, Syren loaded up bananas on sale and froze them for smoothies and banana bread.) Keep an eye out for discounts on foods you know your family will eat.

Buy local whenever possible. A CSA (Community Support Agriculture) box contains local foods that are in season and can save you money.

Eat for the season. Shop your farmers market for fresh, local foods.

Only go grocery shopping once a week and stick to it.

Limit the purchase of canned goods.

Buy in bulk as much as possible.

Have at least one meat-free day a week – meat and fish are expensive.

Serve plenty of fruits and vegetables at every meal – they’re healthier and will fill your stomach too.

Get creative at the end of the week and cook from what you have at home – leftover vegetables and beans can become wonderful soups, pasta dishes, stir-fries and stews.

Use leftovers the next day to cook another meal. Leftover pasta can be a fun pasta salad, leftover chicken can be used for sandwiches, etc.

Clean out your fridge and freezer often and take inventory of what you have, then build a meal plan from that.

(Source: The Zero Waste Family,


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