I’m delighted to announce I’ve joined @mygreenfootprint__ a fantastic company that supports small businesses by calculating their carbon footprint and produces a carbon reduction strategy to reduce their carbon emissions.
My Green Footprint are aiming to plant over 3000 trees this year, an additional 5000 in 2023 and by 2025 they are targeting a total plant of 15,000 trees
That’s around 375 tonnes of CO2 absorbed from our environment.
Behind the scenes my new workshop is starting to take shape and with the extra thick insulation this should reduce my heating use this winter!
I will be seeking advice in the future to continue to reduce my carbon emissions. Its great to have a better understanding of how my small business has an impact and what changes can make a positive difference to our environment.
Currently I use recycled cardboard and plastic free tape in my packaging.
I also use recycled silver and gold because my supplier has now taken the steps to make all the metal they supply fully traceable to prove it comes from a scrap precious metals and not newly mined.
I also aim to source my precious stones from ethical suppliers.
I know I’m not perfect but I will keep exploring what I can do the keep improving my carbon footprint as well as other environmental impacts.
I only use recycle sterling silver to make my jewellery. All gold jewellery is made of recycled gold. I also re-use the silver scraps leftover from making larger pieces. These are melted down and reused to make smaller items such as earrings. Working in a waste limiting way is more sustainable for our environment.
Eco Silver is another term used to describe Recycled Silver. This means that eco or recycled silver is not mined from the ground. Mining silver can have a detrimental effect to our planet.
Recycled silver it is produced using unwanted jewellery, silverware, scrap silver, electronics and medical equipment. The jewellery industry has always recycled precious metals, melting silver down to be reused again.
Eco silver or recycled silver is composed of sterling silver so it is exactly the same material as silver that has been mined and refined into sterling silver.
To use the term eco silver or recycled; the silver needs to be certified and traceable from the trade company or supplier.
The great thing about precious metals like silver and gold is that they can be remelted again and again without changing their composition or ability to be worked.
Almost all jewellery made of silver in the UK is alloyed with a small amount of copper to make it a workable and durable material. This is called Sterling Silver with a silver content of 92.5% (and 7.5% copper) more commonly known as 925.