Mindful Shopping

Last week I had my first zero waste month shopping experience at the SLO Natural Foods Co-op.









I stayed in the produce and bulk isles of the store to ensure little to no packaging. For the bulk items I used reusable glass jars instead of single use plastic bags. I placed the produce directly in my cart and washed later instead of using the ever so frightening plastic bag.










I steered clear of the isles with packaged food but caved and bought a loaf of bread.


This loaf is packaged in a plastic bag! I feel bad but what I’m I to do? I love avocado toast in the morning! I talked with one of the co-op workers, Teresa, and she lent me a book on baking my own bread with ingredients from the bulk bins. This week I am going to attempt to bake my own bread, wish me luck!

IMG_3389Did you know you can refill your shampoo and conditioner at SLO Natural Foods? By doing this it eliminates the many plastic shampoo bottles that are thrown away every year.


Practicing mindful shopping has forced me to think about everything I am buying on a deeper level.  I used to only think about whether or not the food item was healthy for me to be consuming. Now I am thinking about whether or not the packaging of the food item is healthy for me and the Earth.

I not only bought a loaf of bread but also a plastic bag. My goal for this experience is not only to be more mindful but to learn how to live my life in a zero waste way.

I biked home with my reusable bags full of yummy food and thought about what kind of world I would like to live in and leave for future generations.

xoxo Sarah Bellum

Zero Waste Month

In effort to reduce waste and become more mindful of the waste I createI will be saving all of my trash for the month of February. I have brainstormed how to Rise Above Plastics and Waste in my everyday life.
  1. Save all trash the I create first hand in our personal lives – packaging of any kind, twisty ties, napkins etc.
  2. Save all recyclable products that I create first hand in our personal lives – glass, plastic, aluminum, all of it
  3. Compost all organic matter. Every single food scrap and toilet paper gets turned back into fertilizer to feed the earth.
  4.  Keep a box in my room for all waste.
           1.   Always bring with you: Reusable utensils, tupperware, napkin, coffee cup, water bottle, canvas bag, etc. 
           2.   Buy products that are not packaged. 
           3.   Grow my own food.
              4.    Buy in Bulk with reusable jars/bottles.
            1. Recyclables will be trucked (oil) to the Cold canyon recycling center. Then sorted through and separated. Then condensed and shipped far away.. either US or Asia ( more oil). Then taken to some plant where they will be made into something new US (water and energy) or burned down Asia (pollution).  (I just e-mailed my landfill contact to see specifically what happens to each recyclable material).
            2. Trash will be trucked (oil) to Cold Canyon landfill and buried for future generations to deal with. 
            3. Compost will be turned back into the soil and feed the Earth. 
Not only will I be discussing our physical waste but also our carbon and water footprints and how our purchases impact our Earth.
In preparation for this month I have found other people who are living the zero waste lifestyle. My two main inspirations are a zero waste family and one guy who saved all his trash for a year! 
I hope this experiment will make me more mindful and carry on with me for the rest of my life.
xoxo Sarah B