Friday, 6 March 2015

Conscious Consumer // Nurdle In The Rough

I follow a few Instagram accounts that showcase a lot of semi-precious gemstone jewellery, and I'm very partial to a quartz pendant or turquoise ring. I stumbled across Nurdle in the Rough whilst scrolling through the 'explore' page and was amazed to see that what I originally thought were pieces made from gemstones, were actually made from plastic. Kathleen Crabill creates these amazing pieces from her tiny beach shack in Holualoa, Hawaii, and all of her jewellery is made from marine debris, that she collects herself  from Kamilo Beach, and 100% recycled precious metals.

"When you wear a unique piece of jewelry, people will comment on it all day long. Jewelry is an amazing conversation starter. My goal in starting Nurdle in the Rough Jewelry is to facilitate conversations about plastic pollution. If each piece of jewelry I make inspires just one person to rethink one aspect of their daily lives, and begin to move away from throwaway plastic consumption – I will feel like I've helped to make an impact."

It's so important to support small businesses like N.I.T.R because not only are you buying a beautiful, unique, handcrafted item that will last a lifetime or more but, you are also supporting an environmentally conscious small business and helping to fund vital work to protect our oceans. Furthermore, Kathleen uses metals that are fair trade and recycled, donates 10% of her profits toward marine conservation and volunteers her time directly to beach cleanups. Attention to detail even extends to the packaging - made from recycled materials and hand printed by Kathleen herself.

But what is a Nurdle?

Nurdles are the pre-production material used to make all plastic products. They're little plastic pellets that are melted down into everything from water bottles to bathing suits to children's toys. They are one of the leading forms of plastic pollution, as a surprisingly large number of them end up flowing directly into the ocean.

"I hope that the name Nurdle in the Rough evokes the thought that there is potential for beauty and change even in the ugliest places, and I invite you to join me in working toward a cleaner future."

Nurdle in the Rough's Instagram is packed full of beautiful images, and trust me, you won't be able to stop scrolling from one picture to the next, marvelling at how each piece of hand-crafted jewellery has been created from ocean damaging plastic. Kathleen is a real inspiration. She is able to see the beauty and potential in discarded everyday objects, thrown out without a care or thought to the damage that it creates. Kathleen's passion resonates through both her work and her volunteering, and it's hard not to get excited or passionate about what she believes in too. I absolutely love what she's doing and look forward to seeing her latest creations pop up on my Insta feed.

All of the images above were found on Nurdle in the Rough's website and Instagram. If you want to find out more about Kathleen and her amazing work pop over to her website here where she provides a tonne of links to leading experts in the field of ocean conservation and plastic pollution education and other artist who work with post consumer plastics.

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