ETHICS


Through all aspects of my business I follow the principles of the ‘Slow Fashion Movement’ which represents all things eco, ethical and green. Slow Fashion is a reaction to the mass produced, fast fashion industry where retailers selling the latest fashion trends at low prices promoting consumerism and over-buying which has an impact on the environment and workers.
I want to create thoughtful and sustainable pieces of jewellery that are worn, cherished and passed on, that last a lifetime and are not replaced or thrown away with seasonal trends. I hand make all of my pieces to order and carry very little stock to ensure there is no waste. I support local resources within my community such as photographers, metal and packaging suppliers who in turn follow ethical codes of practice which I have fully researched.
My aim is to have a simple business with minimal impact on the environment and support my local industries. I have always wanted to do a job that I love, earn enough to support my family and give a little back.
But just like my t-shirt says........ I'm 'Still Learning'
Mikaela x
If you are interested to read more about how the materials and suppliers I use follow ethical principles then please see below:
Packaging
Every piece of jewellery comes in a box which is made using eco-friendly methods and is fully recyclable.
Earrings and bracelets are additionally packaged in a 100% cotton pouch made using fair and ethical trade cotton from a sustainable source. I hand stamp every pouch with non-toxic water based ink. The bag will also biodegrade completely. 
The printers I use for my care cards, stickers and hallmark cards are FSC certified ( The FSC certification is considered the "gold standard" designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable.)
I use MT paper tape on my postage boxes so everything is 100% plastic free and able to be recycled.
Gold & Silver
My platers use 24ct ethical gold to plate my silver. The mining companies they use meet the following standards in their operations:
-Respect for basic human rights outlined in international conventions and law.
-Free, prior and informed consent of affected communities. Safe working conditions.
-Respect for workers rights and labour standards.
-Ensure that operations are not located in areas of armed or militarised conflict. -Ensure that projects do not force communities off their lands. No dumping of wastes into the ocean, rivers, lakes or streams.
-Ensure that projects are not located in protected areas, fragile ecosystems or other areas of high conservation or ecological value.
-Ensure that projects do not generate sulphuric acid in perpetuity. Cover all costs of closing down and cleaning up mine sites.
-Fully disclose information about social and environmental effects of projects.
-Allow independent verification of the above.
The company who supply my silver castings support the aims of the Responsible Jewellery Council. They endeavour to use recycled grain wherever possible. I also recycle all of my offcuts of silver to be melted down and re-used.