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posted Apr 15, 2012, 5:24 AM by Art Link   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 4:27 AM ]
eo_ipso series     by    FORMPACH Design   


Sustainable Ocean Project in Ago Bay


The eo_ipso project was started by German designer Kai Malte Röver, who has experience working globally and is now living in Japan as a product designer. He decided to use pearls for his eo_ipso series because pearl farming was invented in Japan and because Japanese pearls have become a symbol of oriental elegance.


Artklink has organized a collaboration between Mr. Röver and pearl farmers in Ago Bay, in the Ise-Shima area, who are concerned with both environmental and economic sustainability in their farming practices.


We use only untreated akoya pearls obtained directly from Ago Bay. During Japan’s postwar economic boom, Ago bay prospered with the growth of pearl farming and other types of sea farming. In the late 1960s, however, environmental destruction in the area became a social problem, as advancing oxygen deficiency in the seawater led to a dramatic decline in production of farmed pearls and other sea products. The main cause is thought to have been a collapse of the sea’s natural purification systems, as a result of sewage from the growing population, loss of tidelands to development projects, and the buildup of waste from pearl farming itself. In recent years, local governments, universities, and private citizens are combining their efforts to build a sustainable environment for both businesses and natural ecosystems in the Ago Bay area, and the situation is gradually improving.


The eo̠ipso project, through its jewelry products, aims to support sustainable local society and environment in Ise-Shima and Ago Bay, and to promote consumer awareness of these issues.


伊勢志摩 英虞湾の里海計画