This Filipino designer creates sustainable one-of-a-kind jewelry

Ken Samudio's Marine Artworks

Some of Ken Samudio's jewelry and bags look as if someone with very long arms reached deeply into the ocean and pulled out a small, colorful sea monster. The little artworks are made of sustainable, local materials, including recycled glass and plastic bottles that have washed ashore along the coastline.

Sustainable jewelry and accessories as a statement against ocean pollution

In this way, Samudio addresses a problem which he was used to dealing with professionally: the self-taught designer hales from a profession I used to covet as a child: he is a marine biologist with a focus on biodiversity and therefore knows firsthand how ocean pollution is destroying marine ecosystems: According to a study by "Science", in the ocean there is the equivalent of 5 plastic shopping bags filled with small plastic parts for every 30 cm of the coastline – an unimaginable amount. (As a little sidenote: A pleasant result of Samudio's use of plastic is that the jewelry pieces are very light and comfortable to wear. :))

However, addressing the problem of ocean plastic is not the only way Samudio supports our environment: The production of his jewelry line, based in Manila, Philippines, is mainly carried out by disadvantaged women, whose husbands are serving time in a nearby prison. Samudio provides the women with a trade and a regular income.

In the following pictures you will find an overview of the works of the Filipino designer. The bags can be purchased here, the Amalgamy Collection here, and the Matthew & Melka line is available here.

Matthew & Melka

Matthew & Melka is Ken Samudio's diffusion line named after his two kids. Long exclusively sold at Moda Operandi, these flowers are now also available at!