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Protect the Species with your little ones and Raku Inoue

We’ve partnered with Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue as part of our commitment to protect the species. Part of the proceeds from this capsule will be donated to biodiversity and wildlife conservation organizations to support conservation projects around the world.

The capsule

Our limited edition Kids Protect the Species collection aims to raise awareness around endangered animals through hand-arranged artworks created by Raku Inoue.

Choose from the bumblebee, giant panda, Sumatran elephant and koala prints featured kids t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts and hoodies.

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About Raku Inoue

When a local florist has leftover flowers, artist Raku Inoue finds a way to give them new life.
Raku Inoue is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist who was born in Tokyo in 1983. While Inoue used to be known for his polymer clay sculptures, his recent works mainly featuring organic materials like flowers, leaves and stems of various flora species have attracted international attention. For the Protect the Species capsule, Inoue uses natural elements such as flowers, leaves, twigs, and seeds to create beautifully detailed artworks which are then photographed and printed onto PANGAIA t-shirts and hoodies.

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Bumblebee

Human survival depends on bees. Around 70 out of 100 of our crop species count on these tiny creatures for pollination, which feed around 90% of the population (BBC, 2015). Without them, many of our crops could disappear, limiting food diversity and more importantly, overall supply. That's why we created the Bee The Change fund, powered by Milkywire to help protect and preserve these important creatures.

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Giant panda

Giant pandas help to keep their mountain forests healthy by spreading seeds in their droppings, which helps vegetation to thrive. They are currently vulnerable to extinction, with only an estimated 1,860 remaining (WWF). Luckily, thanks to decades of successful conservation work, wild panda numbers are beginning to recover, but they are still at risk due to human activity, habitat loss and climate change which is why they need our help.

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Sumatran elephant

Sumatran elephants feed on a variety of plants and deposit seeds wherever they go, contributing to a healthy forest ecosystem. They have been classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with an estimated 2,400–2,800 wild individuals left.

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Koala

Koalas consume excess vegetation, reducing the biomass that fuels frequent and intense fires. Their droppings also serve as nutrients for the regeneration of undergrowth, ensuring that the forests regenerate to sustain future life. They have been disproportionately affected partly because they are slower-moving creatures, meaning it is much more difficult for them to escape the fires quickly.

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Coral Reef

While they only occupy 0.1% of the ocean, coral reefs support 25% of all marine species and are often called the ‘rainforests of the sea’. They are a source of food, provide habitat for millions of marine life, and protect coastlines from storms and erosion.

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Hammerhead Shark

As an apex predator, the Great Hammerhead Shark plays a key role in maintaining the health of coastal marine ecosystems. However, shark populations are in rapid decline. They grow relatively slowly, take many years to mature and produce few young—making sharks particularly vulnerable to overexploitation.

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Blue Whale

Whales play an important role in combating climate change. Each great whale captures around 33 tons of CO2 on average through the food they eat and the phytoplankton they support. Whales sit at the top of the food chain and have a very important role in the overall health of the marine environment.

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