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March 02, 2020 4 min read

Bracelets That Support Marine Life

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new marine life bracelet collection. These new bracelets will be named after the following marine life:  Dolphin Bracelet, Sea Turtle Bracelet, Octopus Bracelet, Seahorse Bracelet, Penguin Bracelet, Orca Bracelet, Shark Bracelet, and Jellyfish Bracelet. All of these new bracelets will go towards supporting The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Our main goal with this new collection is to aid in the support of marine life and ocean cleanup. We still have our Ocean Cleanup Bracelets that support the The Ocean Cleanup. These Bead the Change for ocean bracelets come in a beautiful turquoise color. The Ocean Cleanup has made tremendous steps with their ocean cleaning technology efforts. It is also the largest ocean cleanup in history by any organization. They have done this by developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. And their ultimate goal is to remove 90% of the ocean plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution has become a very serious problem not just locally, but globally. Unfortunately we are just now starting to see the very serious effects that plastic is having on our environment. It's effecting both humans and animals as well. We see this everyday with fish and birds who have ingested this material. And a study that was released a few years ago found that microplastics have officially now been found in our drinking water.  The study analyzed 159 water samples sourced from both tap water and bottled water in 14 countries. It found that over 80% of all samples contained tiny plastic particles. What is even more surprising is that 94% of water samples from the United States contained microplastics. Researchers were expecting that underdeveloped countries would have higher instances of plastics in their drinking as opposed to developed countries, however the results indicated that it didn't matter. The worst part about plastic is that it is indestructible, meaning that it doesn't biodegrade, it simply breaks down into smaller pieces. 

We at Bead the Change want to encourage people to stop using plastic in their daily lives. We understand how prevalent plastic is in our everyday life, but it's imperative to reduce or completely remove it from our lives. This is one of the reasons we designed a 100% recycled bracelet made out of recycled plastic (rPET) and recycled glass bottles. Our bracelets made from recycled plastic are meant to raise awareness on this issue we are currently facing. We want people to know that there are other alternatives to plastic. Our recycled bracelets not only look good, but you can also wear them knowing it's an eco-friendly sustainable product. We want people to wear our recycled plastic bracelets and have them start talking about these crucial issues our world is currently facing. "Spread the word. Start a movement. Save our planet. One bead, one bracelet, one action at a time." is our motto. 

Since Bead the Change officially launched in October of 2019, we've received a lot of positive feedback from our customers. Most people comment on how beautiful our beads are and that they've never seen anything like them before. We take a lot of pride in the fact that our recycled glass beads are not factory made like most other companies. We're proud to say that our beads are handmade by local beadmakers and then hand assembled by local artisans in Ghana. We believe in fair trade and supporting the local women artisans in Ghana who make our bracelets. You can watch how our beads are made and where they come from here:  Beadmaking Video  

Some of the feedback we've received from our customers is that they'd like to see a bracelet with an elastic cord. So we've decided to listen to them and offer an elastic band bracelet. These new elastic band cord bracelets will have a 7.5 inch elastic band and will fit wrists sizes between 7 - 8 inches. The size of each bead will vary because each one is handmade, but will be approximately 7mm. Here is a closer look at each of the new bracelets. We hope to have these available online by summer of 2020.

Dolphin Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with four different shades of blue. Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Dolphin Bracelet

Sea Turtle Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with four different shades of green. Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Sea Turtle Bracelet

Octopus Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with four different shades of red and orange. Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Octopus Bracelet

Seahorse Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with yellow beads. Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Seahorse Bracelet

Penguin Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with black beads. Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Penguin Bracelet

Orca Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with black and gray beads. Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Orca Bracelet

Shark Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with clear beads. Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Shark Bracelet

Jellyfish Bracelet - This recycled bracelet is designed with multi-colored beads.Made using 100% recycled glass bottles. Handmade in Ghana, Africa by local beadmakers and artisans.

Jellyfish Bracelet

 


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