Saving our species with socks: World Earth Day 2018

The way in which we live has had a huge impact on our world. You are never too far away from a headline about how human activity is ruining our earth. From pollution to global warming.

We are literally destroying our world just by living.

As well as killing our world, we are also killing the precious things in it. According to the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) there are over 700 endangered species, and over the past 500 years, we have forced 800 species into extinction.

How crazy is that?

I normally do not write about political or environmental issues on my blog. However, my discovery and love of the world has led me to open my eyes more to the issues that it faces.

When travelling in South East Asia in 2014, I witnessed first hand the vast scale of plastic pollution. When staying with a local couchsurfer in Malaysia, I watched as he and so many other locals chucked plastic waste into the rivers. Despite there being a waste segregation programme in place, only 15% of Malaysians recycle.

Part of Earth Day 2018 is to reduce plastic waste, which is such an easy thing to do. Buying a reusable drink bottle, and limiting the purchase of products in packaging are just a few ways.

Through the reduction of plastic waste we can help to save a number of endangered species. Having less of it in our land and waters, will mean the animals that live here will not end up hurt by it.

Image credit: Heart for animals

Another way of helping to save species is by purchasing a pair of socks.

Recently I found out about a company whose aim is to save some of the worlds most endangered species; one pair of socks at a time.

The company is called Critically Endagered Socks.

What are critically endangered socks?

Critically endagered socks is a company that was started by Dom Desmond, who lived and worked in the jungles of Borneo, with the endangered orangutans.

After his return visit 10 years later, Dom saw first hand the impact that deforestation had on the once lucious rainforest.

Following this visit, critically endangered socks was born.

How are the socks made?

Critically endangered socks are designed in London, and made in a small manufacturing company in Hangzhou, China.

“The socks are are made from a soft blend of 40% bamboo, 40% cotton, 15% polyester and 5% spandex. All materials used are sustainably sourced and Oeko-Tex Standard certified, which means they are certified free of any harmful chemicals.”

(Direct text for infomation copied from critically endagered socks)

This video explains more about how they are made:

Designs

Currently there are 5 different designs of socks. Sales from each design goes to a different charity.

The socks come in a variety of colours, with a small animal stiched into the outer section of the socks.

 

Animals include an oranugtan, turtle, elephant, dolphin and leopard.

Charities supported

5 charites are partnered with each of the socks and include:

  1. Friends of the National Parks Foundation (oranugtan socks)
  2. International Elephant Foundation (elephant socks)
  3. Wildcats Conservation Alliance (amur Leopard socks)
  4. Whale and Dolphin Conservation (dolphin socks)
  5. Oceanic Society (hawsbull turtle sock)

You can read more about the charities here.

How much do they cost?

Critically endangered socks deliver worldwide, and each pair of socks costs £12. If you would like to buy all 5 pairs, this will cost £48.

You can purchase them online here.

Although it may seem expensive for one pair of socks. The meaning behind it all is just wonderful. Supporting charities that can help endangered species, who are being killed off rapidly through our blatant disregard for the earth and its inhabitants is an amazing thing to be part of.

If you would like to become a brand ambassador, you can do so here.

Disclaimer: Critically endangered socks sent me a pair of their socks to review. However as always, all words and opinions are my own, and I only promote product that I truly believe in. 

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