Why are we an eco and slow brand?
A question that we are often asked is why we consider ourselves a slow brand and we define ourselves as eco or sustainable. And the explanation is simple, although it has many elements to take into account. And if there is something with we differentiate ourselves, it is because we seek coherence and sustainability in the smallest detail.
We don’t want the certificate of metals from sustainable extraction Fairmined since we consider that it does not make sense to extract more metals from the Environment since there is already a refining network for existing metals. Nor have we sought to obtain the “recycled metal” certificate since the suppliers that have offered it to us require a minimum purchase of the precious metal and some minimum orders to maintain the certificate over time. And our reality is that our production is much slower and more controlled and we do not require those quantities. Therefore, we have not wanted to accept any of these certifications since in some aspects they seem contradictory and against our principles of sustainability.
Our reality is the reality of most small workshops, where production is slow and sustainable. We are not going to deceive you, in that aspect we are not so different from any family workshop of artisan production that you can find. And it is because artisan jewelry, on a small scale, is not the one that has the greatest impact on the environment. It is large-scale production, the one that prevails at the moment, the one that is generating the most impact and waste.
Jewelers’ bench are designed to collect precious metal that could be wasted when polishing or cutting. This dust and chips is collected and remelted, making use of almost all of the material and generating minimal material waste. Thus, we can affirm that between 40% and 60% is recycled or reused metal from our own workshop, between the collected material and the leftovers from the melting work.
But this isn’t what specifically differentiates us, but rather those improvements that we have implemented from the observation of the processes, seeking the minimum environmental impact and carbon footprint.
We only produce those parts that are going to be sold.
Manufacturing and bathing/plating on request, with small stocks of up to 10 units, as well as unique pieces, we make sure to have a controlled and respectful production.
If a collection doesn’t find its place on the market, it is reused or re-melted so as not to generate any waste.
These are the very basics of slow or sustainable fashion that we apply to the jewelry production process, which also has the peculiarity of the use and total transformation of metals.
We use photovoltaic energy
So our carbon impact during production is minimal, adapting our working hours as much as possible to the hours that the solar panels are generating energy.
Many of our machines are manual or semi-manual.
Both our laminator and our wax injector have manual systems, and our machines do not consume in terms of penalties. Together with the fact that the energy source is renewable, our energy and carbon footprint impact during production is zero, producing even more energy than we consume, which we derive to the electricity grid. Exactly! Not only are we consuming zero from the conventional grid, but at the same time we are injecting renewable energy to the grid for your consumption.
We ship once a week
Again to reduce carbon emissions, we made the decision to request the pickup and delivery service once a week. We ship on Tuesdays or Thursdays, depending on when orders come in.
We use found and “wasted” materials.
Such as sea crystals, which are glass that was thrown into the water as waste and that the sea has shaped over the years. We combine these materials with other carefully selected gems from trusted suppliers.
We are aware of the impact that jewelry production has on the environment, from the extraction of metals and gems to energy use, so we do everything possible to optimize our resources. In addition, we continue to studying each part of the process to improve year after year.
For example, our goals for 2023 are to eliminate plastic and aluminum from our packaging and incorporate more reused materials.
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