ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY BRANDS
It’s been said that jewellery is the exclamation point of any outfit. You may be starting to think more and more about where the products that you use, eat and wear come from as you get further into your eco-journey, but have you stopped to wonder where exactly your jewellery is coming from, what it is made from and who is making it?
Traceability is key when it comes to selecting the right brands for ethical and sustainable jewellery. As with factories who produce your clothes, it’s important to know exactly which country the materials your jewellery is made from is sourced from and the regulations that are in place. Each country has it’s own rules so getting informed means that you can make the best choice for you.
The next thing to keep in mind is the the materials themselves and the impact which they have on the environment. A lot of the bigger brands use metals which are not fairly-traded or plastics in their jewellery. Modern jewellery is also designed to be ‘on-trend’ meaning that most is thrown away after a couple of years. Choose sustainable materials like fair trade gold, recycled metals and upcycled jewels. Supporting local artisans is also a great way to ensure an ethical supply chain where you know exactly the journey your jewellery has been on.
To help to make your choices easier, we’ve gathered together a few of our favourite ethical and sustainable jewellery brands for you. If you’re a magpie like us, you wont be able to resist these beautiful pieces.
ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY BRANDS:
Luna & Pearl
British jewellery brand Luna & Pearl create delicate pieces, by hand, using freshwater or saltwater pearls and hypoallergenic 925 sterling silver. They stock a limited range on their Etsy shop or can create custom pieces for a unique and extra special touch.
Inspired by nature, Luna & Pearl aim to use natural and plastic-free materials wherever possible, opting for fibres like silk over man-made plastic polymer. Each item is delivered in eco-friendly recycled materials and can be recycled after you unwrap your new jewels.
The brand donate 5% of all profits to 1% For The Planet; the global movement that enables businesses to give a portion of their annual income back to the environment.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages are a pioneer of fairly traded produce. For over 70 years, they have worked to break the cycle of poverty and impact of the lives of over 20,000 across 30 developing countries.
Ten Thousand Villages work with artisans in developing countries to produce jewellery, accessories, homeware and art with a focus on beneficial, long-term, fair trading relationships.
Sydney-based brand produce beautiful individual jewellery which is sustainable and eco at heart.
Each piece is handmade from upcycled sterling silver and brass. The metal used is sourced from factory offcuts and scraps, and the natural crystals they use are all ethically hand cut by artisans in Jaipur. They work with not-for-profits to donate a portion of proceeds from their collections.
One Happy Leaf
One Happy Leaf is on a mission to make the world a greener place. Originating from Perth, the brand plant a tree for every item purchased with an aim to plant one million trees by 2023 (you can track their progress on their website.
Each item of jewellery is made from sustainable bamboo in statement designs using bold, graphic shapes and nature inspired motifs.
RBCCA KSTR are dedicated to creating beautiful jewellery with minimal impact on the environment.
Founded in 2015 by Rebecca Koster, the brand hand make each of their elegant pieces in their Melbourne studio from recycled sterling silver for a truly sustainable experience.
What are you favourite pieces of jewellery? Let us know in the comments below.