4Ocean

Recycled Plastic & Glass Beaded Bracelet - Great White Shark

£20
Description

Great white sharks are one of the most misunderstood fish in the ocean, which exposes them to unique threats from illegal poaching and finning to the ingestion of and entanglement in ocean plastic.

When you purchase the Great White Shark Beaded Bracelet, you pull a pound of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines while raising awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on one of the most misunderstood fish in the ocean.

According to the IUCN, great white sharks are vulnerable, which generally means they’re likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve.

Features
  • Every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines
  • Cord manufactured from 100% certified post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, including less than 5% reclaimed ocean plastic
  • Clear beads are manufactured from 95% certified post-consumer recycled glass bottles, including less than 5% reclaimed ocean glass
  • 4ocean charm manufactured from 95% recycled stainless steel
  • Hand assembled by artisans in Bali
  • Unisex, waterproof, adjustable design
  • Includes "1LB" vinyl decal
  • Product Story

    "Remove the predators, and the whole ecosystem begins to crash like a house of cards. As the sharks disappear, the predator-prey balance dramatically shifts, and the health of our oceans declines.” - Brian Skerry, Photographer & Photojournalist, National Geographic Magazine.

    There is perhaps no creature more misunderstood than the great white shark. While they are the largest predatory fish in the ocean, they’re a lot scarier in our imaginations. In reality, great whites are the protectors of the ocean’s biodiversity. They feed on the sick and weak, control prey populations, and help maintain the strength and diversity of other species.

    Great white sharks have no natural predators, but their populations are in a rapid decline. Off the coast of Queensland, Australia, for example, researchers have seen a 92% decline over the last 50 years. And it’s all due to human activity.

    Bycatch in the commercial fishing industry, illegal poaching and finning, entanglement in ghost nets, and the bioaccumulation of toxins associated with the ingestion of plastic are just a few of the biggest threats they face. If we are going to save great white sharks — and the ocean — we must work together to address these challenges.

    From Bali, with love

    Hand assembled by an artisan in Bali, Indonesia.

    Purchasing a 4ocean bracelet does more than clean the ocean. It also creates sustainable, living-wage jobs.

    As soon as the beads, cords, and charms reach the main facility in Denpasar, Bali, a crew loads up the van and motorbikes to distribute these components to artisans in remote villages scattered across the island.

    Women comprise 80 percent of this workforce. In Bali, women tend to assume the role of primary caretakers for their families, which means their job opportunities are limited. Because they’re able to hand assemble our bracelets in their homes and village centers, more women are able to join the workforce while continuing to care for their families.

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