Millions of tons of pollution in oceans and beaches around the globe, endangered costal wildlife, alarming rising temperatures of the Earth and her precious waters… that’s why mermaids cry…

More than just one of our flagship sea glass designs, the Betty Belts Mermaid Tear is a symbol of both hope and heartache.

Hope that one day us humans will fully understand the tremendous impact we have on the natural world in which we are blessed to live– and make a healthy, positive change; and heartache for the fact that our planet is also crying out, like the mermaids, for healing, care, and stewardship.

Below is a recent feature from David’s Blog that shares the ongoing legend of the Mermaid Tear :

Authentic Activism

The text a few lines below is from a conversation in one of the groups I am in, which is populated by some highly educated people who I have seen to possess fairly valiant hearts. Each wants to contribute to making our planet healthier, and Humanity happier. Our conversations frequently examine activism.

This most recent one had me thinking about all the different voices in the world using Causes to drive Companies, rather than Companies to drive change within Culture.

Healthy change will always come down to an embrace of Authenticity and Honesty.

Here is my response in our conversation

The issue will always be one of sustainable systems investment. I am not sure, but it really seems to me that the more I learn about the earth and the solar system and then deeper, how it all functions in an inter-related manner, the greater the comprehension of my own ignorance becomes.

That being said, I find myself disagreeing with Morton in a number of ways.

(Loved the read)

Image of a glass beach with a piece of abalone attached. All that remains of a coastal dump site here in Ca, from a time when culture here disposed of it’s refuse in the Sea.

My wife’s company, Betty Belts, makes jewelry with it. We use the profit from that company to drive change in a number of arenas.

This is part of a campaign we used to help Blue Mind below. We gave each Researcher a Mermaid tear which was sown into an origami whale as the whale’s eye. This copy was written inside the whale. By touching the Scientist, we support the Science. People must understand that they matter, in order for us to progress as a species.

Why Mermaids Cry.

Tears: essence of life, salt water droplets, carrying our Joy, Sadness, Pain, Compassion and Gratitude.

They matter to those who shed them, and to those who view them.

The Mermaid Tear is the refuse of civilization thrown into the sea, shaped by her, and placed into the hands of ocean loving beach combers.

It is an Ocean talisman symbolizing both question and answer.

How do we create a healthier happier planet?

By caring enough about the Ocean to wear the Mermaid’s Tear as a reminder to act with compassion and intelligence.

It is our prayer that one day, there will be no more tears. Then the Mermaid Tear will be something handed down to the children, a symbol of a time when we cared enough to be the change.

Trash to Treasure.

Image of sister mermaids protecting a seaside Balinese temple used during an Ocean Ceremony


Image of Donna, the designer and creator of Betty Belts. The look back.

How does your footprint impact others?