Twelve million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans every year, with devastating consequences for aquatic life – 700 marine species have been found to be physically affected by its presence, and an increasing number mistake it for food. By 2050, if no significant action is taken, the weight of plastic in the oceans may overtake that of fish.
Among those who’ve chosen to do something is Alex Monroe, the London-based jewellery designer whose latest collection, Oceans, is a tribute to marine wildlife – and supports global environmental organisation Friends of the Earth, whose calls for government action on plastic use resulted in Parliament passing the Household Waste Recycling Act in 2003.
Launching online and in store this week, Oceans features silver and gold-plated rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and chains – all made in England with recycled gold sourced in London and Birmingham and adorned with sea creatures, corals, turtles, angelfish and more. It is Monroe’s second collection in aid of Friends of the Earth; last year he supported FoE’s “Save the Bees” campaign by including a free bee-saver kit with every item sold from the Beehive line he designed.
The Oceans collection includes charming stingray pendants (from £135), extra-long chain necklaces decorated with seahorses and shells (from £255) and cross-knuckle rings across which tiny blue whales frolic (available later this year). A £10 donation from the sale of each piece supports FoE’s campaign against plastics.