Living in North Cornwall is so beautiful and it gives me such inspiration! My recycled jewellery evolves as I’m influenced by the forms, shapes, moods, textures and colours that I see around me here.
With so much emphasis now on reducing plastic, being environmentally friendly and being ‘green’ I am trying to do my bit too, hence my little business focuses on an Eco and Ethical theme. I aim to make lovely jewellery yet am mindful of not depleting the word’s resources or causing any workers to suffer when mining metal or stones.
Most of my jewellery, approx 85%, is made using Eco-Silver and Eco-Gold. I try to use this as much as possible though occasionally the type of silver I need is only formed in non recycled Sterling Silver. I do clearly state what type of Silver the item is made from. Eco-Silver is made from 100% recycled silver products that range from medical equipment, scrap jewellery and even scrap medical equipment. The Eco-Silver that I buy comes with a certificate of authenticity. It looks and works just like traditional sterling silver, can be Hallmarked just like Sterling Silver but allows me to create quality jewellery that is environmentally friendly.
Recycled gin bottle glass beads, handmade in Ghana and handfused Gin glass from my kiln.
Recycled Glass Beads are gorgeous and look wonderful with Silver! Nothing gets wasted in Africa and these beads made from recycled bottle glass are the perfect example. Made by Oklah Tetteh, they have a wonderful, semi-translucent appearance. The company I buy from have a Fair Trade Ethos buying beads directly from the makers, who generally work at home in their family compounds. They pay a fair price that is usually higher than what local buyers pay.
I also recycle Gin Glass bottles fusing pieces in my workshop kiln, then setting them in Eco Silver, making earrings, pendants, cufflinks, rings. They look amazing!
My gift boxes are made from 99% recycled boxboard with the non-tarnishing white eco-fibre filler being 100% recycled. I stamp my logo on the boxes and can supply a gift card. Sometimes for some smaller items I send in a handmade gift bag which I have made. Recycled ribbon is also attached to the boxes or bags. I send out your order in padded envelopes and always try to reuse envelopes sent to me. Every little helps!
At home I use a renewable energy supplier for my workshop which although is a bit more expensive it has to be the way forward for our planet. I always do my best to recycle at home and have hopefully instilled it into my children too! And finally, I am on the Recycling Team and attend Glastonbury Festival whenever it is on spending my time picking up litter, and there’s so so much of it there!