Zero Waste Relationships


Zero waste is all about relationships.

Our relationship with the farmers growing our food, our local food co-ops, our local business owners, our local repair woman/man, our local (insert skill/passion here).

This way of living helps develop a deeper relationship with our local community and ourselves as we develop our own skills and passions.

It’s also our relationship with packaging, trash, and plastic.


For example:¬†In order to avoid the ever frightening single-use plastic bread bag, I am left with two options…develop my bread making skills or develop a relationship with a local baker! ūüôā


Today¬†I chose the¬†latter and bought bread from SLO county local,¬†Kristen Finberg with Little Red Hen Bread at the farmers market at the San Luis Obispo Grange Hall. She gives me the bread and I put it directly into my re-useable cotton bag! ūüôā

IMG_9989Farmers markets are a beautiful way to shop zero waste and meet sustainable, local, organic farmers! They are also a great way to avoid stickers and twisty ties on local produce!

IMG_9978My local Co-op, SLO Natural Foods, also does a great job of stocking local farmers produce! Today I  got a Kabocha squash from Branch Mill Organic Farm (Arroyo Grande). YUM.


My friend Theresa is a local herbalist and has ran the¬†co-op’s bulk herb and spice section for many years! Anytime I have a health issue she always provides wonderful recommendations and positive conversation! ‚̧


These organic cotton bags are the best! They are made by a company in SLO county (Cambria) and they¬†have the tare on the bag! This makes it so easy to shop for bulk dry goods.¬†Yes, You too can buy wonderful chocolate without buying plastic!!! ūüôā¬†IMG_8973When I get home from grocery shopping I love transferring the food from my cotton bags to my beautiful glass jars. I love that I don’t have labels screaming at me everytime I open my cabinet. I am also able to buy the exact amount I need of a certain item when I shop in bulk.


There are so many benefits!

Stay tuned for my next post about a zero wasters best friend….BAKING SODA!


ūüĆąXOXO Sarah Bellum


P.S. This¬†Labradorite pendant was found along the Willamette river in Portland, OR at the river¬†clean up I organized for City Repair’s 2015 Village Building Convergence.¬†On Thursday the crew is coming down for the Santa Barbara Seed Day Village Building Convergence! So stoked to kin-nect, flow and create with these opened hearted souls! ‚̧ ‚̧


Beach Clean Up Art Process

‚̧ Please watch in 1080p HD (under the gear icon in youtube) for best quality ‚̧

Beach clean up Tart (Trash Art) project taken to the next level of FUNctionality!

The process of cleaning up trash off the beach, creating an up-cycled rainbow mosaic and then Chad “Kaimanu” Jackson transforming the trash into a FUNctional handplane using found pieces of rainbow plastic, EPS foam, hemp cloth scraps and bio based epoxy!

Check out Chad’s eco board creations at


Special thanks to VISSLA and Surfrider Foundation for inspiring this collaboration for the ‪#‎creatorscontest‬! Thank you Mike Roberts and Shane Clary for the amazing video and Bendalf for the groovy tunes! Thank you Chad Jackson for your incredible eco skills! Thank you Dylan Foster, Erik Evered, Kris Evered, Ben Evered, Dawn Feuerberg, Kathleen Yeung, Scott Kam and Noel Fie beautiful ocean friends for testing it out in the water!! ‪

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Surfrider X Sarah Bellums Post Beach Clean Up Trash Sort

‘Twas a great event! ūüôā Thanks to all who came out!

Saturday, September 19 is International Coastal Clean Up day!

Join the Surfrider Foundation РSan Luis Obispo at Yerba Buena street in North Morro Bay from 9am to 12noon to clean the beach!

After we beach clean up we will be bringing the trash from multiple beach sites to Mitchell Park to sort, clean and transform into up-cycled art! (1-4pm)

The whole community is invited to come see all the different kinds of waste materials found on our beaches. All ages are welcome!

Vegan snacks will be provided from¬†Bliss Cafe¬†and you will receive a day discount to our local eco-fiber store The¬†Hemp Shak!! ūüôā

This is a Zero Waste event so please bring reusable gloves if you plan on handling the trash! ūüôā

See all you Ocean Lovers There!! ‚̧ ‚̧