Eco-Friendly Canvas Tote Bag Ocean Edition
Updated: Mar 11
A plastic-free bag with an important message 'Stop Shark Finning' #stopsharkfinning
This article is for the exciting product launch of my first Eco-Friendly Tote Bag in partnership with Travel For Change
The OCEAN EDITION is the signature bag featuring the #stopsharkfinning hashtag to raise awareness of this cruel and ongoing industry out at sea.
This is why my bag carries this important message
I BELONG IN THE OCEAN NOT IN THE MARKET.
50% of profits made from the sale of the OCEAN EDITION tote bags will go directly to the Luminocean Foundation and BandaSEA. This will help local projects during a time when tourism is at it's lowest.
The Tote Bag
Size: 38 cm x 38 cm
Features: Internal Pocket
Production: Small independent tailors and suppliers in Bandung Indonesia
Shipping: Domestic + International shipping is available, tracking on all items from Bandung, contact for a postage quote
Packaging: Plastic-Free paper bag packaging *Please note we package our products plastic-free though unfortunately we can not control the final use of packaging by the local postage company. We request our packages are sent without additional plastic padding.
Price: $18.00 US + shipping costs | 250,000 Indonesian Rupiah + shipping costs
Prior to the unpredictable events of 2020, I had been living on this amazing island called Banda Neira for the diving season where I worked as a scuba instructor. It is the most incredible location to explore the ocean.
I will always be grateful for the community in Banda. I want to continue to find creative, positive outlets to help the ocean conservation efforts I was involved with.
Luminocean and BandaSEA work hard to create a beautiful co-existence between people and the environment. Luminocean focusses on Marine Ecology Courses and the Luminocean Foundation is it's Non-Profit sector operating in Indonesia. In Bahasa Indonesian the Foundation is called Yayasan Cahaya Samudera.
In partnership with the Foundations German Partner BandaSEA e.V they assist the island of Banda with Environmental Educational Programs, Recycling Waste and Plastic, Computer Classes For Children, and the set-up of the islands first Recycling Facility.
You can learn about these amazing initiatives by downloading this brochure.
I won't include anything too distressing in this article, but I feel it is important to note that shark finning is when a shark, often still alive on the boat, has its fins cut off before being thrown back into the ocean to drown.
This awful practice is illegal in many destinations but it is still ongoing. Taking only the fins back to shore saves weight and space on the vessel plus the fins bring in the largest profit at the market.
Banda Neira in Maluku Indonesia is famous for large schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks. This is the highlight for many tourists who travel here from around the world just for a chance to sight the hammerhead sharks peacefully swimming by.
Both Travel For Change and Ethey On Toast are small businesses that desire to give back and support local organisations in Indonesia.
Your support is the best gift you could give.
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