Olive Ridley Turtle-hatching Season

Cameramen and volunteers surround an Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) as she lays eggs on a beach in Tomatlan November 15, 2013. Twenty years ago, Mexico’s government implemented ecological plans to protect the sea turtles from being hunted for their leather and meat and established conservation areas and a pay system for local residents to protect turtle nests. Millions of baby turtles hatch on the shores in November and December, according to an environmental group. It is estimated that in 2012, there were 20 million newborns. Hatching season is still underway, but officials say they expect there will be even more turtles born this year. (Photo by Alejandro Acosta/Reuters) Continue reading »

Platu, an Olive Tree Designed for Olive Oil

The Platu is a unique and functional object of design, specifically for use as an olive oil dish for tasting with bread. Consisting of two complementary parts, the organic and expressive design of the Platu is inspired by the fluidity of olive oil and the purity of the olive tree. The white colour is not only a reference to the purity of this tree, a symbol of ancestral heritage, it is also intended to highlight the different colours and densities of the olive oil. The square base, glazed black, frames and enhances the white form, emphasising the design. The Platu is a 100% portuguese project created by designer Miguel Pinto Félix. Continue reading »