How about a new bead to celebrate our oceans and to support the work of people protecting our oceans?
“Plastic Oceans UK was founded by Jo Ruxton and Sonja Norman in 2009. They embarked on their first project, creating the film A Plastic Ocean, to raise awareness of the plastic pollution issue. That mission became a reality in January 2017, when the film launched on a global scale. The foundation has since developed 3 pillars of identity: our science, sustainability and education programmes.”
We met with founder, Jo Ruxton and discovered her passion and knowledge of the ocean. She helped design the Plastic Oceans bead, taking inspiration from the colours, movements and forms of the ocean and waves. This is a bead that had a lot of thought put into it. Using both our designer and our experienced bead maker’s knowledge of lampworking with Jo’s visions of all the amazing and eye opening sights she has seen on expeditions, we think a beauty of a bead has been created. The bead represents the beauty seen in the ocean using colours that portray the changing colours of the beach, shoreline and the ocean. We used an ivory glass to represent the sandy beach sitting next to a white glass for sea foam. A turquoise, dark teal and stunning cobalt blue glass were then chosen for the ocean colours. While the bead is being made the glass is twisted with a tool to produce a beautiful swirling pattern, which depicts the crashing waves found at sea.
Plastic Oceans is an anti-plastic organisation. The plastic problem stems from the fact that plastic doesn’t decompose or degrade and yet we are producing so much of it! Plastic has been deemed as a versatile product, it’s light, cheap and has many applications. It’s a great product, however what it’s doing to our environment has become a massive global problem. 300 million tonnes of plastic is manufactured every year. Scarily half of this plastic is used once, think plastic bottles and plastic food wrappers. Around 8 to 12 million tonnes of plastic end up in our waterways effecting marine creatures. Entanglement, ingestion and habitat destruction are some of the issues. Plastics can turn into micro-plastics which in turn attract toxins. These get passed through the food chain effecting water dwelling creatures, and inevitably reaching those high in the food chain, including humans!
Check out the trailer of A Plastic Ocean below.
Head over to the Plastic Oceans website here.
Donate to Plastic Oceans here.
Nalu Beads donates £2.00 from the sale of every one of these special beads. Buy your Plastic Oceans bead here.
Each Nalu Bead is individually hand made so please expect each bead to have variations in colour and pattern, this is what makes your Nalu Bead unique!