I was born in Bermuda and am from there but spent a lot of my time growing up in New York City. Even though I lived in a city, my family valued being near the ocean so we travelled to the beach every weekend. Having this opportunity to experience the ocean in Bermuda and New York through all kinds of weather and seasons gave me an appreciation of the sea in all its forms.
When did you first realise that ocean conservation was something you wanted to be a part of?
Since the ocean was such a big part of how I spent my time as a child, it became something that I valued above most things in my life. My dream as a child was to grow up and be an ‘explorer’, as I got older I realized that there wouldn’t be anything left to explore if we didn’t protect our Earth and our oceans. I went to University to study Environmental Science and Art; since graduating I’ve combined my love of the two into creating content on social media to hopefully inspire other people to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. I decided I wasn’t done learning about the environment and how we can protect it so I’m currently getting my Masters in Environmental Management in Australia.
What are your favourite ‘beach/ocean’ activities’?
I love snorkeling in the ocean, the feeling of dipping my head underwater and entering a space of silence and beauty is unbeatable! I also love paddle boarding but I’m keen to learn how to surf and kitesurf - those are my next goals.
What is your greatest achievement about protecting our oceans?
I don’t know if I have any particular events or achievements about protecting our ocean that I can pinpoint. I have felt accomplished in my contribution to protecting the ocean when people have told me that they have been inspired by me to make changes in their own lives. It’s one thing to reflect on the changes I’ve made, but it’s extremely cool and rewarding to know that others have been influenced to do the same by my actions or words!
Whose work is currently inspiring you?
There are a lot of people and companies that inspire me! One of my favorite ways to learn is to go on Instagram and browse through different environmentally-themed hashtags and see all the amazing and innovative things people are doing to protect our oceans. Some of my favorite tags to follow are #plasticfree and #zerowasteliving, I’m also stoked to see other people using my tag #plasticfreebabe to see what they’re doing to eliminate plastics from their life! I’m inspired by companies like La Luna Rose who create beautiful products without compromising the environment. Companies like this show us that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty and style in order to be environmental. Another inspiration is an environmentalist named Lauren Singer who has managed to live an almost completely waste-free life, I believe she only produces about 1 jar of trash each year! There’s so many inspiring people out there, it’s really encouraging and makes me feel optimistic!
What are the little things you do each day to live an eco-friendly lifestyle?
I started my journey to becoming a ‘plastic free babe’ by first eliminating single-use plastics. The big three single-use plastic items that are causing a lot of damage to our oceans are bottles, bags, and straws. I started with these and got myself a couple reusable water bottles so I wouldn’t ever have to buy a disposable plastic bottle, I got a couple metal and glass straws that I could take to restaurants with me and started asking for my drinks with ‘no straw’ so I could use my own, and I brought my own bags to shops and grocery stores. Once eliminating these three single-use plastics from my life became a routine, I focused my attention on other ways I could eliminate plastic from my life.
It is sometimes difficult for people to know how to help and protect our oceans, what advice could you give us?
My advice for someone trying to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle is that anything is better than nothing. It can be intimidating to live a ‘green’ life if you’re trying to protect our oceans, go vegan, reduce plastic, etc all at once. Going green can be fun if you remind yourself that you don’t have to do everything all at once and instead make small changes. Over time, those small changes add up and you’ll find yourself living a much more sustainable lifestyle. I would start by picking something that interests you, researching the problem, and then finding a solution. Fashion and jewelry interest me so I’ve had a lot of fun finding and supporting brands, such as La Luna Rose, that create jewelry in a sustainable way and don’t use plastic in their clothes. I’ve been curious as to how my eating habits can affect our climate and ocean so I’ve done research into that and modified my diet accordingly (ie. Giving up beef and un-sustainably caught seafood). Someone else may be interested in sports so may want to find athletic brands committed to sustainability or may want to send letters encouraging their favorite teams or athletes to donate to ocean conservation charities.
What do you think about the role of the fashion industry in the environment? Is it important for you to buy and/or collaborate with brands that produce ethically?
The fashion industry plays a large role in the environment! Everything that we buy ends up in the earth somewhere, whether it be thrown out, recycled, repurposed, etc. The concept of ‘fast fashion’ is particularly damaging to our environment. Brands have been encouraged to make clothes as quickly and as cheaply as possible without regard to the impact on the environment and people making our clothes. If a brand’s focus is purely profit and not ethics, then other concerns take a backseat to achieving that profit. Another issue with the fashion industry is that a lot of clothes contain plastic in them! Anything made with materials such as polyester or acrylic have plastic threading and these fibers often shed off our clothes when we wash them and end up being carried into our oceans. I’ve made a conscious choice to only buy clothes made from organic materials like cotton and support brands with ethical production practices. I think that the more people voice their support of ethical and environmental fashion practices, the fashion industry will be encouraged to move in that direction.
We heard about your project #10 beaches10weeks that you ran lately which is a wonderful project! Can you tell us more about this initiative? Which kind of object do you create with the waste you find?
Before I went to Australia to pursue my postgraduate education, I was living at home in Bermuda and noticed how much trash was washing up on our beaches. My two girlfriends and I were talking one day about what a shame it was that there was so much plastic on our beautiful beaches and so decided we should do something about it. We started an initiative to do 10 beach cleanups over 10 weeks so that we were doing something to help our island home each week. We used the tag #10beaches10weeks on social media to show our efforts and encourage anyone to join us! We had a variety of people help out and it was a great opportunity to get outside each week with different people, all while making our beaches just a little bit cleaner.
Any last words you want to share with the La Luna Rose customers about the Ocean?
Oh gosh I could go on forever but I don’t want to bore anyone ! I would say the coolest thing about the ocean is that it impacts literally everything, I used to lived in the mountains in Colorado far far away from any coastline but we would experience weather that was a direct result of weather that was happening in the oceans. Even if you’re not near the ocean or your heart is in the mountains or desert, the ocean affects all of it so it’s super important to protect ! I’m really encouraged by brands such as La Luna Rose and customers like you who are committed to protecting the ocean and I’m excited to see what more we can do together to help our environment!
Thanks Alaire, you're a bloody inspiration and we absolutely LOVE what you are doing. You can follow Alaire and her Plastic Free mission on instagram over here and get your daily inspiration / plastic check through the 'gram.
Our necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 15" (Petites & almost a Choker length) to 23". Our 15", 16" and 18" length necklaces all come in our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain which is slightly heavier in weight. All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all necklaces are adjustable by 1"/2.5cm in length. Below is a diagram of how our chain lengths sit on a body. If you have a large breast area, you may find that the 23" length chain sits in between your boobs...a good thing or bad, I'm not sure, that's up to you!
|CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 15cm & 17.5cm
LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING
Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.