Greeting card – Drifters
“Ahh! And so adrift upon the high seas shall we find our hearts set free!”
- Original illustration hand-drawn then digitally finished
- Printed locally in Sligo, Ireland
- Printed on A6 300gsm card stock
- Supplied with a brown kraft-fleck envelope
- Packaged in a protective cellophane sleeve (yeah, I know; you can choose to order this item without it – will you?)
- Blank inside for your own message
- No, you don’t get the pen.
Shipped via standard post. Irish orders should arrive through your letterbox within 2-4 business days (Please refer to average shipping times for orders outside of the Republic of Ireland). Sent in a hard backed envelope to ensure it reaches you in prime condition.
I liked the idea of these Drifters as little pirates, a hearty band of brigands on the high seas out for adventure, what-HO! and bedamned with the consequences. The piece was originally used for a poster promoting a marine conservation-themed film series at the University of Tasmania in Australia; the series has been running each year since 2012.
A lot of our rubbish is floating around out there in the big blue (or green or brown – whatever colour it has turned near you). Look close and you might find some hitch-hikers who have snagged a lift. Some of these little critters will traverse huge distances attached to this stuff. Only the hardiest of them will survive the journey but those that do might turn out to be fairly problematic when they finally come ashore. If these non-native species can muscle up to the locals and establish themselves they can become quite a nuisance.
We’re leaving for our children a legacy of marine debris. This crap will be floating around their grand-kids too. What can we do on an individual level to address the rising tide of plastics in this planet’s seas and oceans? Bring a bag to the beach and start bringing some home – send it to landfill. Plastic waste can easily be mistaken for food by marine animals living in, on or above the sea who asphyxiate or starve to death as a result of becoming entangled or mistaking it for food – this can result in a relatively swift, or rather nastily protracted, death for these unlucky buggers. Further, as plastics age they break down into smaller and smaller particles which make them more easily consumed by smaller and smaller animals. However, as these little critters get eaten by larger critters, and then those get munched by ones larger than them, the plastic fragments can begin to pass on up the food chain – a process of accumulation. It would not be surprising to discover any large marine animal has been storing up undigestible and unpassable plastic in its belly.
We can make far better consumer choices that move us toward reducing unnecessary packaging. Next time, better still – every time, you’re down at the beach spend a minute or two and pick up a few bits before it blows back or washes out on the next tide. While such on-site efforts might seem like a drop in the ocean (owch) it’s still something and heck, what if it catches on?