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 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, bracelets and rings 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 
My platers use 2.5 microns of 24ct ethical gold to plate my silver (it is classed as gold vermeil).
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.
Silver

My silver components are made using the ancient method of lost wax casting by a casting house based in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter. Fifty percent of their silver is recycled on site and the fresh grain that they buy from their bullion dealer comes with an Ethical statement.

I also recycle all of my offcuts of silver to be melted down and re-used.

Charity Work 

I regularly support national and local charities, to raise funds for the vital work they are doing, through various means such as fundraising raffles and donating portions of my sales. Charities that Mikaela Lyons Jewellery has supported include: Kings Heath Action for Refugees, Calais Food Collective, Every Month campaign, Black Lives Matter, Cotteridge Primary School and The Trussell Trust Food Bank, specifically in B30.

Climate Positive Workforce

My business is a member of Ecologi, an organisation who plant trees to offset the carbon footprint of my workforce. See how many trees have been planted by ML Jewellery by clicking the 'ECOLOGI' link in the footer of my website. Additionally a tree is planted for every single piece of jewellery sold through my website.