Leatherback Turtle T-shirt
The Leatherback Turtle T-shirt is made from 100% soft organic cotton, in a heather grey colour, it’s Fair Wear Certified.
Also known as the leathery turtle or luth, the leatherback turtle is one of the most threatened species to be found in British waters.
We chose to include the Leatherback Turtle in our collections because they highlight the dangers of plastic pollution! The worlds largest turtle, washed up in Harlech in Wales in 1988, had apparently suffocated in fishing net. It also contained plastic in its stomach. This quote from a National Museum of Wales publication in 1990 shows how long we have been ignoring this problem!
“One of the major concerns of conservationists is the effect of non-biodegradable plastics, including balloons released by man into the sea. The plastic is mistaken by turtles as prey and swallowed. In the gut it is compacted and can cause damage to the lining of the gut, or block it, causing death. Only a reduction in plastic entering the sea can reduce this threat “
The art work is from an original by Ian Hughes. It’s based on a specimen that was sadly found washed up on the beach near Abersoch in 1978. It weighed nearly 350kg and measured 205.74 cm from nose to tail. Ian was lucky enough to be able to get up close to the beautiful creature when he was working at Cardiff museum.
You can read more about the leather back turtle in Ian’s blog
10% of profits from these t-shirts will go to #2minutebeachclean. We love the work they’re doing showing that everyone can make a difference to the plastic pollution problem in just 2 minutes! They say – ‘We believe that every piece of litter removed from the beach matters. So it doesn’t matter if you do 2 minutes or 30. Each and every piece of marine plastic removed from the beach is a piece that will no longer go on to kill.’ And we couldn’t agree more!
T- shirts are a standard unisex fit, take a look at the size guide here. George is 6’1″ and is wearing the medium
They are machine washable at 30°c
We aim to get orders posted within 48 hours Mon-Thu. If you order at the weekend we’ll dispatch it on a Monday.
Postage rates for T-shirts are £1.80 in the UK with free delivery for orders over £40.
Any problems with your T-shirt, return it to us in original condition within 14 days for an exchange or full refund.