About

My mission is to transform waste into functional and fun beauty. By revaluing trash, standing up for the health of the Oceans and following my passions, I hope to inspire people to live their dreams and actively protect our shared resource and right for clean water.

 The positive energy of the Ocean fuels my passion for transforming harmful waste into beauty.  My intention is to create one-of-a-kind pieces crocheted out of up-cycled materials intercepted from our waste stream.

Through encouraging activism, reducing consumerism and promoting conservation and love; I am spreading the message “it’s good luck to pick up trash” and “it’s sexy to consume less” (especially single use items).

I hope people who see my work are inspired to start using reusable products and  take an active role in protecting our shared and limited resource, WATER.

All the beachwear is handmade on the central coast of California.

Currently I am the Rise Above Plastics lead for my local Surfrider Chapter working with passionate people who are actively protecting and enjoying our ocean, waves and beaches. I am also part of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists working with plastic debris.

Rooted in Health and Freedom I embrace that we are all in this together. Working together towards a loving and light future full of beauty and FUN.

xoxo Sarah Bellum

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up…. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon

~Up-cycled Fun~

You can run but you cannot hide from plastic. To find out more go to 5gyres.org.

You can run but you cannot hide from plastic. To find out more go to 5gyres.org.

Black Fish

Orcas in nature are majestic marine mammals that live upwards of 60-90 years. They are the Apex Predator of the Sea, as an adult, they have no natural predators keep the ecosystem in check. Orcas are in the Order Cetacea and Family Delphinoidea along with dolphins. They have sex for pleasure, love to play, possess self recognition and a long term memory and other mind bending brilliance.

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family dolphnThey have a complex social structure and  matrilineal family groups, known as pods, which is what their live centers around. Because females can reach age 90, as many as four generations travel together. Individuals separate for only a few hours at a time, to mate or forage. Sons staying with their mothers until death and females go off and start their own pod. To learn more about these incredible creatures click here. 

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Black Fish is a must see documentary about Orca whales held in captivity at Sea World.

A very heavy movie, moving me to tears and keeping me on the edge of my seat. “Seaworld” and the abuse of animals needs to end. Every living creature should be free and live in happiness.

My only critique of the movie is I wish they had put in more scientific background of orcas complex lives in the wild and shown off their intelligence more.

Black Fish trailer

Click here to watch the full movie.

All life stems from the sea. Some creatures evolved and made themselves a new home on land. Then evolving further into Mammals such as humans. Some land mammals evolved even further and went back to the Sea…Marine Mammals.

All marine mammals in the ocean are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of  1972. Which makes it illegal to be within 100 ft of a marine mammal. MMPA prohibits the taking of marine mammals, and enacts a moratorium on the import, export, and sale of any marine mammal, along with any marine mammal part or product within the United States.

Why are we letting this horrible abuse happen?? How can we stop this!?

There are many organizations fighting this such as The Sea Shepard society and The Origami Whales Project.

Here is an incredible video showing off the intelligence of Orcas. 

Captivity/Imprisonment makes any sentient being go INSANE. No living creature should be subjegated to this abuse.

Lets do our part to save these incredible mammals and let them live in peace.

xoxo

Sarah B

Trash + Love with Aurora Robson

^Tom Deininger ^

Project Vortex is an international collective of artists, designers and architects actively working with plastic debris. They support projects that intercept the plastic waste stream in innovative ways. The work they feature on this site helps support non-profit organizations around the world who are conducting cleanups of our waters and waterways. Project Vortex is raising awareness about plastic pollution while raising money to restrict the flow of plastic to our oceans. Project Vortex is committed to connecting non-profit cleanup organizations with people and collectives who are using plastic debris for their work.

Why Intercept the Plastic Waste Stream?

Approximately 70% of commercially produced plastics sink – so what we are observing in oceanic gyres and washing ashore on our beaches really only represents roughly 30% of what is in our oceans. About 100 million tons of plastic are produced each year and roughly 10% of that ends up in our oceans. Only about 20% of the plastic arriving in our oceans comes from barges and ships that are dumping this material in our waters, the remainder is coming from rivers, shores and our own carelessness in handling of this material. Marine life is ingesting plastic, which is not only harming them, but also means it is entering the food chain. Plastics are produced with toxic additives, many of which are known carcinogens, obesogens, endocrine disruptors, or linked to other birth defects and neurological problems in humans. We all need to handle this economical, lightweight, polluting material with care and that is what the people with work with us are doing and trying to inspire others to do as well.