4Ocean

Recycled Plastic & Glass Beaded Bracelet - Whale

£20
Description

Even after decades of protection, 6 out of the 13 great whale species are classified as endangered or vulnerable due to threats like plastic pollution, bycatch, and captivity.
When you purchase the Whale Beaded Bracelet, you’ll pull a pound of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines while raising awareness about the actions we can take to protect these magnificent creatures.

Entanglement in fishing nets is the leading cause of whale deaths globally.

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
  • Component manufacturing process and recycled content are audited and verified by GreenCircle
Product Story

Whales are some of the mightiest animals in the ocean, but they’re still vulnerable to plastic pollution. Commercial fishing nets can weigh up to 10,000 pounds. Whales entangled in fishing gear can experience extreme energy depletion from the extra burden of dragging this debris behind them. Entanglement is still the leading cause of whale deaths globally.

Ocean plastic can absorb chemicals called persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from the surrounding seawater. These toxins enter a whale’s body when they ingest contaminated plastic or consume prey that has eaten contaminated plastic. The toxins are sometimes stored within their blubber and can impact their health, behavior, and ability to reproduce.

Bycatch, whaling, captivity, and climate change are also significant threats to whale populations around the world. Ending our reliance on single-use plastics, improving global waste management infrastructure, supporting the creation of marine protected areas, supporting sustainable fisheries, and recovering plastic that’s already polluting the ocean are just a few ways we can help protect these magnificent creatures.

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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