So you may have noticed this mega little dude in our exclusive collaboration with Asos!
We set out to start creating organic cotton garments that celebrate the beauty of some of the most endangered creatures in the world! With each piece, you get a little fact card with info on the creature and ways in which you can help them.
There are lots of threats to our environment and species. Fashion, although nowhere near the biggest culprit, has its part to play in terms of sourcing sustainable fabrics, being organic to save water and pollution, being more useful and lasting to decrease demand and reduce waste, and using materials that can at least be recycled if not biodegrade.
The axolotl is one of the creatures in our collection- this cute little chaps caught our attention when it was unclear whether it was a fish or a lizard! It’s actually a bit of both- a lizard that stays in water it’s whole life, unlike other reptilians that leave like frogs.
But apart from being super cute, they are able to regenerate entire limbs when they get hurt! Healing geniuses!
But that puts them in danger- they’re used in testing and medicine, which regardless of opinion on animal welfare for human benefit, hasn’t been done sustainably. On top of that, as with the majority of endangered animals, they’ve lost most of their habitats because of us as well.
A lot of land is used for animal agriculture or crops to feed to animals that humans eat- but in this case, these little guys only had 2 Mexican lakes in which they lived. A mixture of pollution and urbanisation has left them with a few canals to swim in. Not enough food, along with more predators, have made it hard to survive as long as they usually would, in order to keep up numbers!
The axolotl is such a smiley fellow- it’s face reminds me of how the weakest get taken advantage of. When you stand up for endangered species- you’re not just trying to keep a kind of creature on planet Earth.. but much more than that. You’re standing up against people and companies and organisations that think they can get your money in any way they’d like. You’re saying that you respect and appreciate the over looked and unseen. You’re standing on the side of empathy that says, regardless of whether it’s one little axolotl or an entire Mexican lake, there are things in the world far more valuable than money, and that need a lot more consideration before it’s too late.
Just like with our endangered bees and their lack of wild flowers and hedgerows, if we can stop ignorantly doing what we like with the world, interfering and damaging it, it may still be able to host our species in the future, and hopefully the many more species who deserve it as much as we do.