Agate Heart Turtle Charm Bracelet (CHARITY)
We all know that our oceans need our help to clean up all of the rubbish and plastic mindlessly dumped, and we can all do our bit by taking our trash home with us... But all of the amazing creatures that live in the oceans sometimes need help to find them.
These bracelets have been hand made with the turtle charm to help just one charity that works tirelessly to help save, recover, protect and rehabilitate turtles throughout Greece and all of its habitable islands.
I have witnessed the work that Archelon do, both in mainland Greece and the Islands, and although I can't "up sticks" and volunteer with them right now, I hope to in the future.
Every morning, volunteers walk miles of coastline looking for any signs of new nests or hatchlings.
The nests are protected from tourists and predators using frames, and monitored daily.
Ten days after the first signs of hatchlings, the nest is excavated for research purposes. How many eggs were laid, how many hatched, how many didn't make it.
And occasionally, though not often, when the nests are excavated, tiny baby turtles that have hatched but not yet made it out, are found.
I was privileged enough to be present at one of these very educating excavations in 2016, I was even more privileged to see two tiny loggerheads alive in the nest.
Of course, when babies are found, they are helped to the ocean, but only 1 in 1000 will make it to maturity.
Archelon also rescue and rehabilitate turtles at their centre near to Athens.
I visited the centre in 2016, and saw the cold, hard truth about how these amazing and beautiful creatures are treated in their own natural habitat.
Shells gauged, limbs cut, fishing hooks and nets entangled.
Although the aim is to return the animals to the wild, many will never make it back to the sea due to the extent of their injuries.
These Agate bracelets are my way (and yours), of helping raise awareness and funds for Archelon.
For every bracelet sold 50% of the funds will go towards donations, sponsorship of a nest to help protect it or the adoption of a turtle in need of treatment and/or care.
We need to do so much more to help our planet and all of the creatures that share it with us.
This is just the beginning.