For 20 years we’ve been designing products that are loved by parents and babies for their ergonomic comfort and durability. We wanted to take our commitment to our families one step further. We believe that it is our responsibility to care for the earth so that it can meet the needs of today’s generation and those to come. To do this, we are measuring, managing, and reducing our environmental impacts throughout our entire company.
We took steps to include environmentally preferable materials and production processes in our designs. Our Aerloom™ baby carrier utilizes the production technique of 3D knitting with the use of 87% post-consumer recycled polyester yarn that is certified by the Global Recycled Standard. Each Aerloom baby carrier is made up of up to 26 plastic water bottles and each panel is knit-to-shape to help reduce material waste. We are so proud of this ergonomic baby carrier! Not only is it beautiful and breathable, it’s also good for the planet.
Every few months we launch limited colorways inspired by Mother Earth. Our Summer 2022 launch features colors that are reminiscent of the ocean and we had the opportunity to host our lifestyle shoot at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.
Aquarium of the Pacific
The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities, Pacific Visions, Shark Lagoon, and the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including First Wednesdays featuring guest speakers.
The Aquarium of the Pacific breeds, rears, and rehabilitates animals to help ensure a healthy ocean full of life for generations to come.
“Without babies, and babies that survive, it is the end of the line. That line could be a family, a species, or even an entire ecosystem. The Aquarium’s conservation programs are aimed at rebuilding wild populations of both marine and terrestrial animals to help ensure their survival,” Dr. Peter Kareiva, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO, says.
From the tiny baby white abalone in the Aquarium’s behind-the-scenes lab to the rescued sea otter pups learning survival skills from the institution’s resident adult otters, many Aquarium babies are part of important conservation projects. These projects include efforts to rescue, breed, and rear endangered species.
Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs
The Aquarium of the Pacific is also providing a home for some special rescued babies. Tadpoles living in a behind-the-scenes room at the Aquarium are part of a critically endangered population of mountain yellow-legged frogs. After their habitat in local mountain ranges was ravaged by fire in 2020, they were rescued and housed at zoos, aquariums, and other facilities. The Aquarium is part of this effort to keep them healthy and safe until they can be released in the wild. “By taking care of these tadpoles until they turn into frogs, we are giving their species a better chance of survival,” Dr. Kareiva says.
Responding to Emergencies
The Aquarium’s experts are sometimes called on to help rescue wildlife in danger. In 2021 some baby birds needed immediate help. Elegant tern chicks in Long Beach Harbor that had not yet grown watertight feathers were falling into the water and were likely to drown. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s bird experts helped retrieve hundreds of chicks from the water so they could be rehabilitated and returned to their home.
The Aquarium of the Pacific has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Surrogacy program to help rehabilitate stranded sea otter pups for release. In a new facility behind the scenes at the Molina Animal Care Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s adult sea otters teach rescued pups the skills they need to survive. Human contact is carefully limited since the goal is for the pups to safely return to the wild.
Giant Sea Bass
The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first public aquarium to successfully hatch and rear a baby giant sea bass, a critically endangered fish species. Other aquariums and labs have since reproduced hundreds of these fish and formed a partnership to release them into the wild. Many released fish are tagged to monitor their movements and gather important data for their conservation.
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s veterinary staff rehabilitates ill or injured sea turtles and releases them back into the ocean. The Aquarium’s team has treated sea turtles with buoyancy problems, injured by fishing gear, or found stranded. One of these, a green sea turtle treated at the Aquarium in 2012, traveled 500 miles after its release near Long Beach. Locally, green sea turtles can be seen in the San Gabriel River. Three of the world’s seven sea turtle species are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
The Aquarium’s Magellanic penguins are part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This plan ensures the population of Magellanic penguins living at zoos and aquariums is healthy. Several animal species at the Aquarium of the Pacific are part of an SSP. Twelve chicks, some with parents that were rescued after being stranded in the wild, have hatched at the Aquarium since its penguin habitat opened in 2012.
We love that we got to share the most eco-friendly ergonomic baby carrier on the market with the Aquarium as our backdrop. They are doing such incredible work for the future of our planet.
If you’re local or you’re making a trip to the LA County Area, you can visit the aquarium for the day OR purchase a membership with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months and other special benefits.
For those of you who aren’t local, but love what they are doing, you can make a donation to help support the Aquarium, by visiting Pacific.to/donate. To visit, advance reservations are required for everyone and can be made at aquariumofpacific.org or by calling (562) 590-3100.