Giving Back

Ever since I can remember I have felt a connection to the ocean and advocated for its health and all of its inhabitants. Despite growing up in landlocked Saskatchewan, I was writing essays on dolphins getting stuck in drift nets when I was 11 years old!

I am not sure where this connection came from, but I believe all of us have it in us considering the ocean is where we originally came from and also provides 70% of the oxygen we breathe.

In my business and personal life, I try to make the greenest choices that I possibly can such as using recyclable/biodegradable shipping supplies, purchasing local, organic and natural products, composting, recycling, walking instead of driving, eating a mostly veg diet, using minimal utilities at home and in my studio and making eco friendly products. There is so much work to be done and I sometimes feel frustrated that I am not out there doing more!

So, I have decided to give 1% of the sale of each product you purchase online here to two organizations near and dear to my heart. 

I have many an eco hero but the two that have always stood out to me are Ric O'Barry of The Dolphin Project and the documentary, The Cove, and Rob Stewart of FinFree and the Sharkwater documentary. 

Ric O'Barry has dedicated the last 40 years of his life to putting an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. The Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation, and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity. 

Ric O'Barry was also featured in the Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove, about the brutal slaughter of the Taiji dolphins in Japan that still goes on every year, despite public outcry from around the world.

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I was extremely saddened when Rob Stewart disappeared scuba diving off the Florida Keys while filming the sequel to the very important and critically acclaimed environmental documentary, Sharkwater in early 2017. He died doing what he loved the most but the world lost an incredibly passionate and effective environmentalist. 

He brought so much awareness to the unsustainable, cruel and inhumane practice of shark finning. Millions of sharks die a very cruel and inhumane death because of shark finning: the practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water).

Shark fins are being “harvested” in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian “delicacy”.

How it affects you: without sharks, our ecosystem is in danger of becoming imbalanced. The fish that sharks prey on will overpopulate, eating the plankton that oxygenates the planet. We really need that oxygen!

Please check out the cause, take the pledge and spread the word: http://fin-free.com/about/.

Rob had a beautiful vision of a better world and I am inspired to continue to raise awareness and give to this cause. 

"Fighting for a brighter future is the best thing you can do for your health, happiness, and well-being."

- Rob Stewart  

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