Some areas of the modern jewellery industry can have a negative impact on the environment due to the use of harmful chemicals and unsustainable practices. However, sustainable and eco-friendly jewellery means you can still wear gorgeous jewellery, making you feel great, whilst also having a positive impact on the environment.
What is Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Jewellery?
Sustainable jewellery is made with environmentally friendly materials and processes that minimise harm to the environment. Whilst eco-friendly jewellery is made with recycled or upcycled materials that would otherwise end up in landfill. Sustainable and eco-friendly jewellery is often made by smaller designers who are dedicated to reducing their impact on the environment. Here at Sophie-May Designs, I endeavour to keep my values of suitability and eco-friendly at the forefront of my processes.
What are some of the most commonly used sustainable/eco-friendly materials?
Recycled metals such as gold, silver, and copper can be recycled and repurposed to create new jewellery. Using recycled metals help reduce the need for mining, which is a harmful process that can cause pollution and destruction of habitats. I only use recycled sterling silver in the jewellery that I make.
Fair trade gems such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires can be ethically sourced through fair trade practices that ensure workers are paid fair wages and work in safe conditions. Although I don’t use diamonds, I do make sure that I only source my gemstones from suppliers whom I know only purchase ethically sourced gemstones.
Natural materials, such as wood, bamboo, and seashells can be made into jewellery. These materials are renewable and biodegradable, making them a sustainable option.
Cruelty free options, such as faux suede and vegan leather are cruelty-free alternatives. Often made from plant-based materials such as cork and pineapple leaves.
By choosing jewellery made with environmentally friendly materials and processes, you can reduce your carbon footprint, support ethical and sustainable practices in the jewellery industry and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
View some of my favourite pieces of eco-friendly jewellery here