Be Zero City Guide |Santa Barbara

This guide shares the inside scoop on ways to reduce your trash and plastic footprint and to lead more simple and sustainable lifestyles in Santa Barbara!


Isla Vista Co-Op

Very container-friendly with large bulk section and bulk spices. Make sure to weigh the jars beforehand! Local produce and variety of plant-based options.


Sprouts (Goleta)

Container-friendly if you have an experienced cashier. Bulk spices are available, but not easily poured into small containers. Make sure to weigh the jars beforehand!


Lazy Acres (Santa Barbara)

NOT container-friendly! Their machines do not tare individual jars. Bring light, reusable bulk bags or reuse their plastic ones.


Smart and Final (Goleta)

Uncertain if container-friendly. Small bulk-section with candies and grains.


Farmers Markets:

Saturday: 8:30am-1:00pm

Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets


Sunday: 10am-2:00pm

In Goleta - corner of Storke and Hollister; 7004 Marketplace Dr., inside the Camino Real Shopping Center


Tuesday: 4:00pm-7:30pm

500 and 600 blocks of State Street


Wednesday: 2:30pm-6:30pm

In Solvang - Copenhagen Drive and First Street


Thursday: 3:00pm-6:30pm

In Carpinteria - 800 block of Linden Ave


Friday: 8:00am-11:15am

In Montecito - 1100 & 1200 blocks of Coast Village Road



Lush (Downtown Santa Barbara)

Generally vegan and natural ingredients. Lots of naked products and recycled plastic containers.


Plum Goods Store (Downtown Santa Barbara)

Organic, upcycled, or consciously-made products ranging from clothing to body care.



UCSB Campus

Most food vendors on campus use compostable packaging, with signs on the trash can of what is acceptable from which vendor.

Notable: Root 217 - local ingredients and plant-based options.