Educational Each design features differing but complementary left and right images. Together, they illustrate narrative ideas about our world. Recycled Material Post-consumer cereal box cardboard is used to construct the earrings. Print and images from the cardboard packaging is visible on the reverse of the earrings. Two layers of cardboard are sandwiched together to provide a sturdy base for the color image applied on the front. The display cards are also made from cereal box cardboard which are sprayed with water based latex paint. On many cards a circle is left unpainted so that some graphics of the original packaging show through. We also often use the reverse side of the cereal box leaving the original graphics intact on the opposite side. Light Weight and Surgical Steel Hangers Being made from paper, the earrings are light weight and comfortable to wear. Ear nuts to keep them from slipping out are provided. They are hung on surgical steel French hangers with ear nuts to help keep them from getting lost. Shellac protects from Sun and Water The earrings are coated with Platina dewaxed shellac providing durability and resistance to water. They will survive the occasional drenching; be it a shower, rain storm, or a sudden jump into a pool. Just be sure it does not last more then a few minutes and they have a chance to dry out. Although, shellac has the historical reputation for discoloring when exposed to water, the improved dewaxed products are more resistant to this. Shellac is also resistant to UV light which eliminates the yellowing effect over time and protects the colors in the earrings images. We like the following two reasons best: it is a natural and renewable product, and it has an interesting natural history resulting from interactions between the lac insect and their tree hosts. Shellac does get soft in high heat so if you were to leave a set of earrings touching each other in a hot car they my stick together.