Back in November, I had a great time rounding up bulletin and memo boards made from various eco-friendly materials. Today, here’s a new line of fabulous green b’boards to add to the list: the ‘Affected’ series from Kikkerland, an always-fun Dutch-born design house that’s certainly no stranger to this blog.
An awesome follow up to the Endangered Species Eraser line, animal-shaped Affected Sustainable Corkboards were created for Kikkerland by Barcelona-based eco-designer Petz Scholtus (a familiar named if you’re a regular reader of TreeHugger) and spotlight three species from around the world that are severely affected by global warming: migratory songbirds, tree frogs, and polar bears. And similar to the Center for Biological Diversity-supporting Endangered Species erasers, 2 percent of proceeds from the sale of the $20 corkboards are donated to Tree-Nation to support the cause of desertification, climate change, poverty, and CO2 reduction by planting more trees in the world.
Scholtus recently expounded on the eco-importance of using cork to Cool Hunting: "By using cork, we keep the cork oak forests alive, one of the most sustainable natural habitats and home of several endangered species with the highest level of biodiversity in southwest Europe and northwest Africa."
And here’s what Kikkerland has to say about the three species chosen for Affected:
The songs of many migratory birds such as this Western Tanager are welcome symbols of springtime. Warmer seasons worldwide may mean that you won’t be hearing some of those old familiar songs in years to come. Songbirds are particulary sensitive to both temperature and their habitats.
Polar Bear favor their springtime prey, the ringed seal. Polar bears move from ice flow to ice flow in search of the young seals. With rising teperature , the thinning ice leaves fewer places for both the polar bears to hunt and the seals to raise their young.
There are currently over 17000 spieces that are threatened by extinction. 1900 of them are amphibians. International trade, deforestation and climate change causes the spread of the chytrid fungus. This causes chytridiomycosis and it has virtually made tree frogs extinct.
Great stuff. If your spring cleaning duties also include organizing, I can't think of a more mindful way to clear up and tack up household jetsam like bills, postcards, photos, to-do lists, clippings, coupons, and the like.