FedEx announced recently that Holualoa based Nurdle in the Rough received a grant of $7,500 and $1,000 in FedEx Office services as part of FedEx’s fifth annual Small Business Grant Contest. This year, the contest offered grants and services to 10 small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $120,500—the largest sum since the contest’s inception.
“Marking our fifth year of the FedEx Grant contest, we saw a broad range of small business owners with diverse interests who all exhibited a great passion for their business,” said Becky Huling, vice president of Customer Engagement Marketing at FedEx. “FedEx is committed to empowering diverse individuals and giving entrepreneurs everywhere the tools they need to succeed.
Kathleen Crabil founded Nurdle in the Rough as a way to combine her love of making jewelry and protecting our oceans. All of Crabil’s jewelry is handmade in Hawai‘i from ocean plastic and recycled sterling silver.
“The plastic I remove from our coastlines will never become food for marine life, wash back to sea, or break up into smaller and smaller pieces,” said Crabil “My goal in starting Nurdle in the Rough Jewelry is to facilitate conversations about plastic pollution. If each piece of jewelry I make inspires just one person to rethink one aspect of their daily lives, and begin to move away from throwaway plastic consumption I will feel like I’ve helped to make an impact.”
Nurdle in the Rough donates 10% of their profits to the Hawai‘I Wildlife Fund, a local nonprofit that has removed over 400,000 pounds of ocean plastic from Hawaii’s coastlines over the past 20 years.
The 2017 contest attracted candidates from across the United States and garnered more than 1.5 million votes. Over the past five years, more than 13,000 businesses have entered the contest in the United States alone. The contest has now grown from one country to nine countries and the grant pool for the U.S. contest has grown from $50,000 to more than $120,000 in total prizes.