When we talk about sustainability, some of us are so focused on plastic-free products or ethical fashion, but forget about jewelry, which is a huge aspect of sustainable fashion!
Unlike plastic, which degrades in quality every time it gets recycled into something “new” (and will eventually become un-recyclable with current technology), metals generally can be reworked again and again without losing their quality.
In an effort to combat unethical mining, pollution from processing newly extracted metals and gemstones, and unsustainable rates of consumption of new resources, I gathered a list of affordable, yet conflict-free and ethical jewelry so you can treat yo self and not feel guilt!
- Made. Handmade jewelry from Kenya. A brand that is transparent about its source and employment. Using techniques handed down through the generations, their jewelry tells a story of lives changed through safe, sustainable employment, training and education.
- Wild Fawn Jewellery. Etsy is one of the best places you can find and support small businesses. This company was created in 2015 and is owned by Emma Barnes. Each piece of jewelry is made by hand in her London studio, which is important to Emma because it means that there has been no exploitation of workers or unnecessary C02 emissions from transport to bring you Wild Fawn Jewellery.
- Nisolo. This is another great transparent business, which boasts their products for being ethically made and fairly priced. All producers receive fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment.
- The Giving Keys. They re-use keys to make their products, which gives these keys a new purpose and provide employment for people transitioning out of homelessness! That is a great cause to support and great for people who like a unique, edgy look!
By Sohee Cho