Shopping ethically and shopping sustainably are increasingly becoming common topics. Rightly so, if we want to protect the world for our children, nieces, nephews, friends children, everyone.
So how do we shop jewellery in the right way, with minimal impact on the environment?
- Buying vintage jewellery is such a fantastic way. Not only have are all the materials been used before but in some cases they have been worn by multiple women. These are pieces of jewellery that have seen the 'Roaring 20's', have drank cocktail in jazz bars, have been worn with incredible frocks and have been a part of many love stories. What could be more romantic than that?
- If vintage isn't your thing, then the next best thing is choosing a brand who puts their carbon footprint first. So do they recycle their gold where possible? Do they use local sources for their materials? Do they make locally to where you live? Do they make in small batches? All things to consider when making your purchases.
When selecting a brand to come on to BBP this is top of my agenda. Here are some things you can count on from BBP to make sure I am taking the steps to be as aware as possible.
- All items come in a keepsake box but are wrapped in fully recyclable packing, down to the ribbon.
- Solid gold pieces are made from recycled gold where possible.
- All suppliers are UK based except one who we use minimum shipping (ie twice a year from Norway to minimise carbon footprint).
- All made in small quantities and finished by hand. All designers are also makers and will work through the process themselves with choosing materials that minimise impact.
If you have any questions at all about any of the brands or pieces, please do get in touch. Myself and all of the makers are continually learning and improving / refining our processes to make the minimal impact as this is something that means a lot to all of us.
Making small changes in the way we shop and live, will have a huge impact on the future of our planet.