This year in celebration of National Australian Bird Week (21 - 27 October), Koskela, Eggpicnic and Rainforest Rescue have joined forces to collaborate on a limited edition linen tea towel, featuring Eggpicnic’s artwork of the beautiful endangered Southern Cassowary, with all proceeds going directly to Rainforest Rescue.
Proudly Australian designed and Australian made, these special tea towels are printed on 100% linen and produced locally in Sydney. There are only fifty limited edition tea towels available retailing for $35.00. The perfect addition to your home, display in your kitchen, or pop it in a frame and hang the Cassowary on your wall as a memento that you too helped saved Australia’s Rainforests!
National Australian Bird Week takes place between Monday 21 October and Sunday 27 October, it’s origins hark back to the early 1900s and has the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation efforts.
Australian furniture, design and lifestyle brand Koskela have collaborated with Eggpicnic, a Sydney based illustration and design studio set up by designers, Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso who are devoted to wildlife conservation. Eggpicnic tells the stories of the birds and wildlife, using simple lines and shapes to create characters that tread a fine line between art, design, and cartoon, but also exude a serene stateliness that is utterly contemporary.
"The issues Australia's natural world is facing need to be addressed from many different fields simultaneously; it is a network of humans that need to come together in order to provide solutions for a sustainable future. It is no longer the responsibility of a single field, it has become everyone’s responsibility. For us, it is all about making a difference and saving species from extinction and it is through multidisciplinary partnerships that we are able to achieve this."—Camila De Gregoria, Eggpicnic co-founder
Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998 by providing opportunities for individuals and businesses to Protect Rainforests Forever. Their projects re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving its biodiversity.
‘’We are thrilled and extremely grateful to be part of this collaboration between Koskela, Eggpicnic and Rainforest Rescue in highlighting the vital role of the endangered Cassowary in such a beautiful way for the world to see! All proceeds from the sales of these tea towels will contribute towards the protection and restoration of the endangered Cassowary’s habitat in the lower Daintree rainforest in QLD.’’ —Kristin Canning, Rainforest Rescue Partnerships
Koskela is an innovative and inspiring Australian furniture, design and lifestyle brand. Committed to exceptional design, protecting our environment, manufacturing in Australia and championing social impact projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Koskela strives to tread as lightly as possible on the natural world. Considering their impact on the planet in the way their products are made and what goes into them, as well as in the way they do business. Koskela has partnered with Australian charity Rainforest Rescue for over a decade, and have been supporting the Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever project since 2007.
The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth but species loss and fragmentation are ongoing threats to the species that live there, as much of the Daintree is still privately owned. Koskela’s support helps with the purchase of freehold property to protect this land forever against development. So far, Koskela has helped buyback over 1 hectare of land in the Daintree, to preserve this unique and beautiful place, and to keep it intact for generations to come. Australia’s Cassowaries play an integral part in the maintenance of the forest ecosystem. There are only an estimated 4,000 cassowaries left in Australia.
Cassowaries are of great cultural significance to many Indigenous Rainforest peoples and are an icon of tourism in Far North Queensland. Their most significant contribution to the ecology of the forest is as a disperser of rainforest fruits. Cassowaries eat up to 150 different fruit species it is estimated that 70 to 100 plant species depend almost entirely on the Cassowary for seed dispersal. Cassowaries face a range of threats arising from human activities. These include loss and fragmentation of habitat, predation by introduced pets and other animals, death and injury from motor vehicles.