What to Look for
When it comes to jewellery, the sourcing of the materials is often the most unsustainable part of the process and traceability of those materials is a growing concern in the jewellery industry. So we suggest consciously looking at company’s policies around sustainable and ethical sourcing of their materials. Try to choose companies which use recycled materials.
Similarly to clothing, there is a lot of cheaply-made jewellery that will last a very short amount of time before being thrown into landfill. Once in landfill, the plastic and metal don’t biodegrade and instead release dangerous toxins into the air and water. This is why we would always recommend higher-quality jewellery that will last a lifetime and possibly beyond!
As well as choosing brands which produce durable jewellery, consider their approach to repairs incase any damages occur. Repairing your existing items is always more sustainable than purchasing something new.
The Brand: The giveaway here is the name of the company, Kind, who create beautiful handmade jewellery whilst staying kind to our planet.
Their jewellery is built to last but if for some reason any of it is damaged they offer a free repair service.
The company are very transparent about the materials they use, which are responsibly sourced and any components which they cannot source in certified 100% recycled metal, is sourced from accredited Hatton Garden Suppliers, who are regularly audited by the Responsible Jewellers Council or can provide written evidence that their materials are ethically produced.
In their studio they use bio degradable bags to store their stock, they recycle every last scrap of metal whilst making new pieces and even use loo roll from ‘Who gives a crap’, made with 100% forest friendly bamboo and donate 50% to build toilets around the world. They plant one tree for each piece made in partnership with charity ‘One Tree Planted’, and they offset their carbon footprint via The Woodland Trust.
The Product: They offer a huge range of products from eco wedding bands to bespoke necklaces to a curated collection of vintage jewellery. They also offer doodle engraving to personalise your jewellery.
The Brand: Not only do Little by Little want to create beautiful jewellery, they also want to make a positive impact through its production. This is why they are transparent about their supply chain. The collections are created in a Peruvian factory which has been running for 32 years and since its inception has aimed to bring opportunity and employment. The factory does this by giving jobs to people with no prior technical experience, training them in jewellery production.
Furthermore, the factory uses local Peruvian silver, some of which is recycled and the virgin metal used is supplied by companies with environmental certification. In 2021 Little by Little will strive for closed-loop production and find a 100% traceable source of Peruvian silver.
All packaging is 100% recycled and made in the UK. Moreover, although their jewellery is built to last they offer a repair standard to avoid any waste.
The Product: The founders’ love of food inspires their collections. Whether it’s the mustard seed, the apple pip or the Andalusian oranges of Seville, each collection is beautiful in its own right and all of them have a mix of silver and gold.
We try our best to research and find the best environmentally-friendly companies to recommend here. However, if you have any suggestions that we might not know of, or disagree with any of our recommendations, please get in contact: email@example.com .We always want to learn more about the companies with the potential to save our future.