It's not perfect, but I'm working on it.
Being environmentally and ethically conscious is one trend that we should all follow.
However as in day to day life, it is not always straight forward when it comes to trying to be or claiming to be 100% environmentally responsible.
For this reason I'd like to be honest with you about how I'm trying to make better choices for both my clients, myself and the planet.
Sourcing stones and metals from companies and organisations that follow these ethics is the way forward, but it does come at a higher price.
Knowing that when there is more demand, the prices will become more competitive and regulated means that we need to play our part in achieving this by increasing this demand so this is what I intend to do.
The key areas to consider for those choosing to buy jewellery and those working in the industry are metals, stones, packaging and office supplies.
The good news is that there are many wonderful businesses around the globe and in the UK that are making these choices easier.
And so it is my pledge to phase in using fairly sourced metals and stones.
I have taken the Fair Luxury pledge initiated by a co-operative of like minded jewellers and it is really exciting that I am now on this path too.
(You can read more about their work here: https://www.fairluxury.co.uk/
Below I discuss how I am working to improve the most important aspects of my jewellery business.
Often the stones I use in commissions are re-used from old styles.
This is the best way to continue their legacy and to keep sentimental stones being worn and loved.
When sourcing the right stones for the job it is necessary to use a variety of suppliers, as many suppliers specialise in different areas. Where possible I choose those who say they follow the same principles and business practices that I am striving towards.
However, as stones are sourced from all around the world, including from very remote locations, it is difficult to guarantee how they were sourced as I am not able to visit the mines and regions that they all come from.
When I can be 100% sure that I know the source and how they have been processed then I will state this.
I have registered as a Fair Trade goldsmith meaning that when I need to source new gold for a design or commission I will be using Fair Trade gold.
All the silver I use is recycled sterling silver and often gold from clients existing pieces is recycled too.
All my packaging is made from recycled and recyclable cardboard and paper.
Sadly the inserts and the foil branding are not as environmentally kind, but I am hoping to transition into fully planet friendly packaging on my next batch of boxes.
Where possible I try to remain paperless for all admin, but where this is not an option, recycled and upcycled supplies are a must.
I am always looking for ways to improve so if you know of any interesting planet and people friendly initiatives then please do let me know.
And remember...be kind and love the planet.