Sustainable jewellery refers to working in a way that minimises its environmental impact. It takes various aspects into consideration, including the materials used, the production process, the labour conditions, and the overall social and environmental responsibility.
Some key characteristics and practices to consider if you want to buy sustainable jewellery are:
· Recycled materials: This helps to reduce the demand for virgin materials, which can be harmful to the environment. Consider using stones or metal from vintage jewellery to create something new.
· Ethical sourcing: sustainable jewellery prioritises using ethically sourced materials, such as recycled metals, fair-trade gemstones, and conflict-free diamonds. This ensures that the sourcing practices do not contribute to human rights abuses, environmental degradation, or armed conflicts.
· Responsible manufacturing: sustainable jewellery brands and suppliers will strive to minimise their carbon footprint and reduce waste throughout the manufacturing process. This can involve using energy-efficient machinery, implementing recycling programs, and adopting environmentally friendly practices
· Fair labour practices: sustainable jewellery manufacturers emphasise fair labour practices, ensuring safe working conditions and fair wages for the artisans and workers involved in the production process. They may also support small-scale mining communities, promoting their economy and well-being.
· Transparency and certification: sustainable jewellery suppliers should provide transparency about their supply chains, disclosing information about the origin of materials and the production processes. Brands may also obtain third-party certifications, such as Fairtrade® or FSC® certifications, to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.
· Longevity and durability: Sustainable jewellery is often designed to be timeless and durable, encouraging longevity and reducing the need for frequent replacements. Repair and recycling services may also be offered to extend the lifespan of the jewellery and minimise waste.
If you are looking for a way to add a touch of luxury to your life without harming the environment, sustainable jewellery is a great option. It can simply be more beautiful, especially when you know that it has been made with care and attention to details. It may not always be the most budget friendly option, but by choosing a piece of sustainably made jewellery, you can contribute to a better future, and wear a unique piece of wearable art.
Bottlebee works to sustainable practices at every opportunity. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how I work to minimise the environmental impact when making jewellery.