Did you know that a bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime? There are over 20,000 different species of bee, found on every continent except Antarctica and without them the delicate balance of the Earth’s ecosystem would be destroyed and a third of global food supplies would disappear!

For ‘World Bee Day’ (20th May), vegan material science label PANGAIA has collaborated with Japanese artist Murakami and launched a ‘Bee the Change’ fund in partnership with digital platform Milkywire. This fund aims to protect and preserve vulnerable and endangered bee species across the world. The first collection to benefit the newly established fund will be the very special PANGAIA x Takashi Murakami collection, featuring prints with flowers and a bee.

Murakami’s is best known for embodying an intersection of pop culture, history, and fine art and he is most recently known for partnering with Grammy Award winning latin music artist J Balvin on his latest album cover work.

The capsule collection includes 2 T-shirts made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and two Hoodies made with 45% recycled / 55% organic cotton and all include specially designed artworks.

The T-shirts are available in Off-White with a flower and bee print or Saffron Yellow with a flower ball and bee print. They are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton which is chemical-free, and therefore a completely non-irritant fabric.

The hoodies are available in Cobalt Blue with a flower and bee print, or Orchid Purple with a flower ball and bee print.

Where most other brands use around 10-30% recycled cotton, PANGAIA uses a much higher 45% in their hoodies, mixed with 55% organic cotton. This is one of the highest grades of recycled cotton currently available on the market. They also choose organic cotton where most companies still use recycled polyester — a critical pollutant due to microplastics.

Organic cotton t-shirt – $95

Recycled cotton hoodie – $220

Source: Pangaia