Microbeads and DIY Tooth Powder

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Hello Ocean Lovers!

5 Gyres have spearheaded a campaign to ban plastic microbeads from personal care products like face wash and toothpaste.

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Plastic microbeads are designed to be washed down our drains and are too small to be filtered out by wastewater treatment plants.

In turn, they end up in our waterways and Oceans where they are consumed by countless sea creatures.

Here is a simple zero waste recipe to make your own tooth powder/paste so we can all be plastic free for the sea! ❤

DIY Tooth Powder

You will need: 

1 glass jar

1 large spoon (1 cup) of baking soda (whitening and cleansing)

1 teaspoon of stevia powder (natural sweetener)

I got these powders in bulk from my local food co-op for under $5! 🙂

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Directions: Mix the baking soda and stevia powder together by shaking them in the jar. Voila! You have just made your very own tooth powder without creating any trash! How easy was that!? If you prefer tooth paste just add some warm coconut oil and mix it all together. You can also add your favorite essential oils to give your desired flavor.

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Application: Sprinkle sparingly on a wet toothbrush and brush your teeth!

Please check out my kickstarter and help support my vision of a zero waste world inspired from ART and FUN! ❤ 

XOXO Sarah Bellum

Zero Waste creates a Beautiful, Simple and Clean home! ❤

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“Art is a global language and plastic is a global problem.” – Aurora Robson

Just when we thought California banned single-use plastic bags for good, the plastics industry started gathering signatures to repeal the ban which would delay it until fall 2016 and introduce 17 billion more plastic bags into the state greatly threatening wildlife in the sea and on land.

I am introducing a new way to educate and inspire people not only to keep plastic bags banned but to clean up the ones already plaguing our shores, and I need your help to do it!

 

“Art is a global language and plastic is a global problem.” – Aurora Robson

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Raw Sculpture Experiment

A couple years ago my boyfriend Scott and our friend Vassar made an interactive art sculpture in our front yard.  This Public art brought together our community in a FUN new way.

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 The installation was a huge billboard and an 8 ft rectangle box with a four panels of plywood along the outside. Vassar painted a huge arm in a cast on the billboard with the words “sign my cast” inviting everyone to stop and be a part of the installation. It even showed up in the local newspaper!

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The first night we had all our friends over for a huge party and had a blast. Painting and allowing the creative juices to flow.

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We had tables, paint and lights set up so everyone could paint on it and have FUN.

After the party was over we decided we wanted to have a similar community art day every week, so every Thursday we would get together and paint all day and into the night.

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People slowed down when they passed by our house and it always made people Smile. If we were out there painting we would always invite them to grab a brush and join us. Kids faces would light up and they would get super excited to participate. We supplied chalk for the really little ones. 

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 This community art experiment made me realize that open participation and creativity without boundaries truly brings people together. The box was dynamic and always changing. Layers upon layers of paint, each person painting on top of whatever was already there.

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People in the community loved it and we kept in the front yard for months (until we got notified to take it down). We still have it in the backyard and bring it out occasionally for special events, sometimes we even transport it!

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Public Art brings communities together in a fun way and builds a strong foundation of interconnectedness.

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The joy caused by our neighborhood art box will always inspire me to create and share with people around me.

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 We are all interconnected and we are all in this together.

XOXO Sarah Bellum

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Water’s right to flow free

In a world where everything is cased
in disposable plastic waste
the elegant creatures of the sea
are choking on plastic debris.
I take a step back and shift my perspective
on materials deemed worthless, unwanted and defective.
cleaning and crocheting trash into fun
never stopping until our single-use addiction is done
banned forever! never more!
change begins here on shore. 
change begins with you and me
protecting waters right to flow free. 

XOXO Sarah Bellum

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