about the collection
The Esperance collection is the simplest design, however the most abundant as the rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets are made up of mostly different shades of blue. Esperance is one of the most photographed places on earth. Lucky Bay, being famously known for having tiny kangaroos on the beach that you can take photos with because of their tolerance for tourists. It was the first beach I stopped at on the 60days60beachcleans campaign. I have a memory of watching a tiny kangaroo dig around in the seaweed for food, then watched in horror as he found a plastic bag with old food in it and attempted to eat it. I snatched it before the small kangaroo could take a bite as seen pictured here. I looked around at all the tourists who had come to the beach just to take a photo with them and then casually leave their left overs on the beach. If you are here, reading this description, you have probably felt that same anger towards people that I felt in that moment. Plastic waste effects ALL animals. Land and sea.
Wharton beach is the neighbour of Lucky Bay and was probably the worst effected beach with plastic out of all 60 beaches. I would have spent over 5 hours on this beach and was blown away that this was only the second beach. It is by far the most droned beach in the area with its crystal-clear water and shallow waves perfect for long boarding. Cars set up on the beach for the day, tourists likely drawn in by seeing these perfect shots. But are completely unaware of the thousands of micro plastics that sit right beneath their feet. Esperance is surrounded by the Indian ocean and the Great Southern Bight. Strong ocean currents travel down from Asia and bring with it plastic that’s been dumped into the 9 most polluted rivers in those regions. The irony of this is that we ship over 40 percent of our plastic waste to lower income countries such as Indonesia and Thailand. They don’t have the proper infrastructure to recycle it properly so it comes back to us, in pieces. These plastics will make their way down the coast and will be slowly broken down by warmer oceans and sun damage until it reaches the cold, rough seas of the Great Southern Bight. This would explain the spike of worn and weathered plastic in this area of Australia. This collection showcases just how long plastic stays in the ocean before it washes up on a beach, not knowing how many animals it’s killed or injured in the process.