Category Archives: Oceana

Possum Fur Nipple Warmers

It may be cold outside right now, but I don’t have to be. I own a pair of Possum Pam‘s Possum Fur Nipple Warmers that I picked up on a trip to New Zealand in 2002.

Possum Fur Nipple Warmers

Stay warm and save the New Zealand forests at the same time!

The possum is considered a pest in New Zealand. The non-native animal was brought to the country by European settlers in the early 1800s for the establishment of a fur industry. Without a natural predator, the possum population grew out of control, causing an ecological nightmare for indigenous plants and wildlife (including the beloved kiwi bird, a national icon).

Conservation efforts have helped reduce the number of wild possum. Fur from wild-caught possums can be found in a wide range of products in New Zealand, from bed spreads to these fabulous nipple warmers. But as Possum Pam’s founder Pam McKinstry has said, “There would have to be a lot of cold nipples out there to stem this tide of destruction.”

If you’re going to be in New Zealand in the near future, help save the forests of New Zealand and pick up a set of nipple warmers. Belly or willy warmers are also available.

Cost: $9 NZD or approximately $6.50 USD

Here are a few other products made from possum:

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A decade of starfish

silver bracelet from Hawaii

Heather bought this bracelet a gift shop near Waikiki Beach in 2004.

This silver bracelet with starfish charms is no ordinary piece of jewelry to its owner Heather Gooch, co-owner of Gooch & Gooch. Not only is it a fond memento of her trip to Hawaii in 2004, it also became a source of comfort on her flight home.

“I’ve always been a nervous flier,” she says. “When I saw there were ten starfish, I realized it was the same as a decade of beads on a rosary. I could say the rosary discreetly on my way home on the plane without freaking out other passengers.”

Purchased at a gift shop near Oahu’s famous Waikiki Beach, the bracelet’s charms are inlaid with mother of pearl.

“I wanted something nice,” Heather remembers. “This was a once in a lifetime trip and I wanted something nice to remember it by. I still wear it six years later. If there’s an important meeting that I have to go to, you might find it on my wrist. Truth be told, I see it as my good luck charm.”

Cost: approximately $12

Can’t get to Hawaii? Here are a few starfish bracelets you can order online:

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