In celebration of Nat Geo announcing that this year’s Shark Fest will be a two week long event and the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, I think it’s time to get our shark swag on! Let’s face it, you can never have enough! You probably have seen my jawesome merch post from last year, and some of those companies I will definitely be revisiting as they are working on new projects and introducing new products that I think are really worth taking a look at. Be sure to stop by the new Ocean For Sharks Shop! There’s handmade ocean inspired plush animals, canvas paintings, and of course my children’s book, Winifred the Wondrous Whale Shark, available in print and PDF. Remember proceeds benefit shark research and conservation with a donation to Project AWARE!
Ok! This is an oldie, but a goodie! If you didn’t know that you can support shark conservation just by shopping on Amazon as you do normally, then you definitely need to check this out. Every time you shop on Amazon, use the url https://smile.amazon.com/ On your first visit you’ll be asked to select your preferred charity. There are several wonderful shark conservation organizations to choose from including- but certainly not limited to:
- Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (This is my preferred charity)
- Shark Angels
- American Shark Conservancy
- Shark Allies
- And More!
Once you select your charity of choice, a percentage of all your eligible Amazon purchases will be donated to benefiting shark conservation and research efforts! Way to go Amazon! Just remember to always use the https://smile.amazon.com/ url!
As a diver, I absolutely cannot say enough about Project Aware and how proud I am to dive with and donate to Project Aware. This organization was created by divers to help clean our oceans of marine debris on every dive and to help push forward legislation that would protect elasmobranchs. Supporting Project Aware -whether by diving, starting a campaign, donating money, or buying some really awesome shark and manta ray swag- is an amazing way to get involved in the conservation effort regardless of your geographic location. If you are interested in earning your diving certification, I highly encourage you to seek out a shop that supports and dives with Project Aware.
4Ocean creates beautiful glass beads bracelets made from recycled beach trash. Each bracelet purchase is 1 pound of trash collected from beach and ocean cleanups! For the month of July, 4Ocean has released their black limited edition shark bracelet. All this month 10% of proceeds are being donated to Project Aware! Get your special edition Shark Conservation Bracelet before they are gone forever!!
4Ocean. [4Ocean]. (2017, June 5). World Environment Day. Retrieved June 16, 2017 from https://www.instagram.com/4ocean/
Watersoul Foundation is a relatively new foundation that was started in 2017 by Taylor Cunningham. Their mission is to support shark research facilities around the globe by raising money and awareness. Currently, 70% of clothing proceeds are donated to OneOceanDiving in Oahu, OceansResearch in South Africa, and The Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center in Honduras.
JYNCreations is a conservation project like no other! Jamie is an artist who crochets plastic bags into adorable ocean creatures, including sharks and rays!! I have 2 sharks, a hammerhead and a whale shark, and an adorable manta ray from Jamie! I’ve also purchased a pacific white sided dolphin and an octopus as gifts! They have been fantastic hits! While Jamie doesn’t donate proceeds directly to shark conservation efforts, she does donate to ocean clean up and restoration projects with several organizations, benefiting the entire ecosystem, which is why I included her work.
If you have not heard of this incredible 8 year old conservationist named Zoe who loves sharks, then you need to go check out her Instagram @sharksareourfriends NOW. This amazing young lady is so passionate and has so much fight in her to protect sharks! I have no words to describe just how inspired and hopeful she makes me! As part of her campaign to raise awareness for sharks, she designed this adorable – and incredibly comfortable -shirt and donates all proceeds to shark conservation. I have one. I love it!
These are just a few of my favorite stores with great merch and conservation efforts! Do you have one that you frequent that I didn’t mention? Leave a comment! Share it! Link it!
Remember you can make a difference for marine ecosystems by calling your Congress man or woman and tell them that you care about the quality of our waters! Sharks, rays, and other marine organisms cannot speak or be represented in Congress. They need your voice. Get involved and stand up for sharks.
Featured Image Source
Flannery, A. (Photographer). Shark Plushies [Digital Image]. Original Content. Ocean Plushies