An increasing number of jewellers are changing to more sustainable ways of making jewellery. Below are 10 simple steps you can undertake to join this trend towards a healthier and more environmental friendly way of creating jewellery.
Further information including worldwide suppliers can be found on the resource page of http://www.utedecker.com.
1. metals and stones
CRED Sources offers fair trade/ethical precious metals, traceable diamonds, and fair trade gems. Jewellery by ute decker is made with recycled silver from Cred.
The only suppliers of findings & chain in recycled silver & gold I could discover are A&E Metal Merchants in Australia – double check, though for each item.
gemstone suppliers uk
- offering Columbia Gemhouse stones in the UK -
gemstone suppliers international
Fair Trade Gems – www.fairtradegems.com
Main Home Page – www.columbiagemhouse.com
Open Source Minerals – www.opensourceminerals.com
Additional information and suppliers >
2. studio chemicals
Reduce chemical use in the studio and select less-toxic alternatives for those that can't be avoided.
Use citric acid or vinegar and salt solution as pickle. (see separate fact sheet on how to mix and use > ). In summary: citric acid (ca) is widely available: supermarket, pharmacy, online. Mix 1 part citric acid powder with 5 – 10 parts of water. Always add the acid to the water, not the water to the acid. About one cup of vinegar to one teaspoon of salt or slightly more. Use ca & vinegar and salt warm.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Tiny Box Company offers jewellery packaging, including boxes, tissue papers and bags made from recycled paper.
Tips on eco-friendly print design and a list of printers around the UK
www.solopress.com - online ordering facility & quick turnaround (go for eco-options)
http://www.greenhousegraphics.co.uk - for sustainable large format display systems such as printed banner stands and pop up stands.
UK 100% renewable electricity suppliers:
6. inform your clients
Talk to clients about why you are striving to work with ethical alternatives. Tell them about the issues.
7. lobby suppliers
Each time you buy anything from a suppliers, do ask whether they have a more ethical alternative, if not, when they are thinking of offering such alternatives. Ask again and again. Let them know what you need. The more of us that ask, the more suppliers become aware of the business case for supplying ethical materials.
8. take part in raising awareness
Sign the no-dirty gold pledge. http://www.nodirtygold.org.
Forward this information to other jewellers.
9. further reading
See long list of further reading suggestions on ethical jewellery. Fair Trade Jewelry, Marc Choyt’s website is full of information, comments on current developments and lists trade suppliers and resources. In addition he offers a ‘must read’ list for anybody interested in ‘fair trade’ jewellery.
10. stay informed, contribute
You can help expand this list. Send your tips or supplier details to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the forthcoming one-stop responsible jewellery website. Until the new website is live, you can sign up to the newsletter below to receive occasional tips, information and updates on suppliers, plans for ethical jewellery exhibitions and awards, the new website and meetings of ethical jewellers.