In a world increasingly aware of its environmental impact, the fashion industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability and the spotlight is now on an industry that often symbolises luxury and opulence—jewellery.
So many big names in online jewellery are now claiming the 'sustainability' badge. - Now don't get me wrong, I think it's great that more and more are using recycled metals and more eco friendly types of packaging. However, what you can't forget is that their jewellery is still being mass produced in factories in India or China (and how can we ever be 100% sure of ethical treatments/practices in the factories?), then being bagged up (I don't doubt in lot's of plastics) and shipped over to the UK. (-A big impact on carbon footprints).
When I set up Myleti Jewellery I always knew that not only did I want to use recycled materials in everything that I produced, but I wanted to ensure I only used ethical UK sources for these materials - and I wanted to make sure all of the physical 'jewellery making' was actually done here in England.
So, what exactly is Sustainable Jewellery? Let's break it down.
Sustainable jewellery, also known as ethical or eco-friendly jewellery, is a response to the concerns of traditional jewellery production that was associated with environmental degradation, which has left a significant carbon footprint. Moreover, the social implications of unethical practices, including child labour and unsafe working conditions, have raised concerns among consumers.
- Ethical Sourcing: Sustainable jewellery starts with responsible sourcing of materials. Many jewellers now prioritise the use of ethically mined gemstones and metals, ensuring that workers are treated fairly, and environmental regulations are followed. Here at Myleti jewellery, I only source my gemstones and pearls from highly respected and ethical suppliers in London's Hatton jewellery Quarter, to ensure responsible sourcing.
- Recycled Metals: Sustainable jewellery often incorporates recycled metals, reducing the need for new mining and minimizing environmental impact. I only ever use recycled metals in my work. This practice not only conserves resources but also helps decrease pollution associated with mining operations. Also upcycling, the process of repurposing old jewellery into new designs, is a creative and eco-friendly way to reduce the demand for new raw materials. I have a range of necklaces that are created using left over silver from previous projects, that is then melted down again to re-use. No silver is ever wasted in my workshop!
- Minimal Environmental Footprint: Sustainable jewellery brands are increasingly conscious of their production processes. From using eco-friendly packaging to reducing carbon emissions in the production process, these brands are committed to leaving a smaller footprint on our planet. Here at Myleti Jewellery everything is individually handmade here in England and never made on a large mass produced scale in India or China. Meaning there are no ethical 'grey areas' in regards to the treatment of factory workers and it also hugely reduces my carbon footprint. All packaging used is also completely recycled or recyclable. There is no plastic in sight!
- Timeless Design and Quality: Sustainability goes hand in hand with longevity. Myleti jewellery is crafted with durability and timelessness in mind, ensuring that each piece remains a cherished part of your collection for years to come. This contrasts with fast fashion trends, promoting a more mindful approach to consumption.
The Future of Sustainable Jewellery:
Choosing jewellery such as Myleti, that aligns with ethical and eco-friendly values not only enhances our own personal style but also contributes to a brighter, more sustainable future—one where beauty is not only skin deep but reaches deep into the heart of our planet. Sustainable jewellery is reshaping the industry and inspiring a more conscious approach to adorning ourselves with beauty and purpose.