Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Polar Ambassadors, an apparel company founded in January 2016, uses its line of clothing to support polar bear rescue efforts. Chief marketing officer Kate Kennedy explains how this image represents the business.
At Polar Ambassadors, we know how fragile polar bears are, and how reliant they are on arctic ice to survive. This photo is of our Emma Bear shirt, and believe this photo captures the inter-relationship between polar bears and water.
There are only 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears left in the wild — a smaller population than most U.S. towns. Without intervention, scientists estimate that two-thirds of these will be gone by 2050. Starvation and drowning are real risks to the bear as arctic ice recedes. In poor health, the bears also have fewer cubs, and cubs frequently don't survive into adulthood, which is a real long-term danger.
The idea for Polar Ambassadors was developed by three siblings, ages 16, 14 and 10. These three siblings are highly committed to protecting the environment and leaving the world a better place. They believe the preserving the polar bears is possible if we all work together.
We know that protecting the polar bears can seem daunting. You might say "I'm only one person. What could I do that could possibly make a difference?' At, Polar Ambassadors we believe that small things can add up to big changes. We offer apparel items, and 10 percent of all profits go to organizations which help to save the polar bear. In addition, the shirts themselves help start the conversation about conservation. By making a purchase, a person becomes a "Polar Ambassador" who helps to save these great animals.