Me in my little studio coffee shack.

Me in my little studio coffee shack.

Aloha, I'm Kathleen Crabill and I love our oceans.

I am distressed by the amount of plastic that is floating around in our oceans and washing ashore here on the Big Island of Hawai'i, so I am using my passion and skills to bring attention to the problem. Nurdle in the Rough Jewelry is a small business with big dreams located in a tiny coffee shack in Holualoa, Hawai'i.  All of my jewelry is made from marine debris and 100% recycled precious metals.

 

When you wear a unique piece of jewelry, people will comment on it all day long. Jewelry is an amazing conversation starter. My goal in starting Nurdle in the Rough Jewelry is to facilitate conversations about plastic pollution. If each piece of jewelry I make inspires just one person to rethink one aspect of their daily lives, and begin to move away from throwaway plastic consumption – I will feel like I've helped to make an impact.

Why buy Nurdle in the Rough Jewelry?

When you buy a piece of Nurdle in the Rough Jewelry – you're buying a beautiful, unique, handcrafted item that will last a lifetime or more. You are also supporting an environmentally conscious small business and helping to fund vital work to protect our oceans. All metals I use are fair trade and recycled, I donate 10% of profits toward marine conservation in addition to volunteering my time directly for beach cleanups, and I even silk screen all of my packaging myself – using recycled materials. You can rest assured that each piece is handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail.

Nurdles collected from Kamilo beach, HI

Nurdles collected from Kamilo beach, HI

What is a Nurdle?

Nurdles are the pre-production material used to make all plastic products. They're little plastic pellets that are melted down into everything from water bottles to bathing suits to children's toys. They are one of the leading forms of plastic pollution, as a surprisingly large number of them end up flowing directly into the ocean.

 

 

I hope that the name Nurdle in the Rough evokes the thought that there is potential for beauty and change even in the ugliest places, and I invite you to join me in working toward a cleaner future. To learn more about nurdles, click here.

Where is the plastic used in the jewelry collected from?

Kamilo Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

Kamilo Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

Most plastic that I collect is from Kamilo Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii, about an hour from where I live. Kamilo literally translates to twisting currents, and it was once a valued location where Hawaiians would collect large logs from the Pacific Northwest to use for canoes. Nowadays, the debris washing ashore at Kamilo is primarily plastic, and it is coming from all over the world. Read more about Kamilo here.

 

 

Want to know more about plastic pollution in our oceans? Check out my Links section and follow the work of leading experts in the field of ocean conservation and plastic pollution education.

What else can I do?

The good news is that there are so many things we can all do to move toward a sustainable way of living that protects our oceans for generations to come. Check out my blog where I discuss these ideas and share my journey toward plastic free living.