I'm committed to making my work in ways that protect people and the environment.
I'm by no way perfect, there's always room for improvement but thats the way of trying to things a little differently, a little better, bit by bit, it's a learning curve and I'll never leave the journey.
I would love to tell you a little more about my materials and packaging and why they have been chosen.
The walnut for my wooden pieces is purchased from a UK supplier originates in Spain and is FSC certified. The Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forest management. They ensure that wood carrying their logo meets the highest environmental and social standards so you can be sure it hasn't harmed the world's forests.
Copper, brass & steel inlays
The metal inlays in my wooden jewellery is sourced from industrial surplus and are cut in the UK.
Silver Chain & Earring hooks
My silver is sourced from an EU company who requires all their suppliers to sign up to The Ethical Trading Initiative, which states: for all their workers employment is freely chosen, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected, working conditions are safe and hygienic, child labour shall not be used, living wages are paid, working hours are not excessive, no discrimination is practised, regular employment is provided and no harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed. They have also been audited by SEDEX, an independent organisation that monitors suppliers’ ethical performance.
Silver earring posts & scrolls
The earring posts on all my stud earrings are bought from a UK supplier and originate in America.
Brass is an amazing material -In the UK all brass is made from almost 100% recycled metals. As with all metals, it is infinity recyclable and unlike plastics it doesn't lose any of its properties from being remade.
All my boxes, promotional materials and packaging is made from a mix of recycled and FSC certified paper, sourced from UK manufacturers to minimise my carbon footprint. It is all 100% recyclable in your regular household collection and is 100% plastic free.
Instead of using plastic for my coloured surfaces I use Formica laminate, the primary material used to create it being naturally occurring sustainably sourced paper. I have chosen to use Formica over a painted surface for it's longevity.
Gold plated silver chain
I've only just started using this and am currently buying from a UK supplier but the origins are unknown, this will be updated soon.
Silver plated copper cufflink backs
Unable to find a more local producer these are source directly from the manufacturer in China.
Whenever buying raw materials you can be sure I do extensive research to find the most local supplier with the best eco credentials, opting for bio-degradable and easily recycle-able materials wherever possible.