Sustainable News Of The Month May 2018

What people are doing around the world

45,000 Norwegians Join Massive Beach Clean Up – Since 2011 Norwegians started a custom when they go to clean up their beaches in growing recognition of the ocean pollution. Every country should be doing this and not only have one day a year but much more often!

Fed Up With Plastic, This Man Got Kenya To Ban It – Such an inspiring story about a man who didn’t stop but worked until he got his wish and made his country better for it!

Hawaii Lawmakers OK Ban On All Sunscreens Harmful To Coral Reef – Excellent and hopefully this will make people recognise how they might harm the coral reefs!

A Team Of Female Engineers Brought Running Water To This Guatemalan Village – Instead of going to celebrate spring break they decided to help a community and making their life easier, making especially women’s lives easier. How amazing!

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Social

This App Hopes To Reduce Child Marriages In Bangladesh – A place where especially girls are still forced to marry when they are children. Let’s hope this is coming to an end with this app!

Malawi Just Made It Easier For Women To Run For Office – Malawi is striving for equality and has reduced the price women would pay to apply for office by 25%.

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Fashion

Reimagined Future For Sustainable Nanomaterials – What our future will be made of and what future designers will be working with, as long as it will be made sustainable!

Calling Into Question Ethical-Sourcing Certificates – Consumers are becoming increasingly more aware of unethical practices and therefore shopping trends are changing towards more ethical, however, can they really trust all the certificates out there?

How Apparel Sector In Vietnam Promoting ‘Business Sustainability’ Concept – As an answer to Rana Plaza Vietnam is changing their manufacturing to be more social and increasing employees wages.

Can Transparency Alone Transform the Fashion Industry – Is one of the topics discussed at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Very interesting!

Brands Take Note: Gen Z Is Putting Money Where Its Values Are – Again, not surprising, but I am so happy to see that a growing number of people is thinking about their values when shopping.

Aquafil-H&M Collaboration, Cotton-Dyeing Process Making Textiles More ‘Effective’ – A new innovation into cotton fibre making it more absorbent when dyeing, therefore, requiring fewer chemicals and water in the process.

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Food and Environment

Extend The Sugar Tax – With the UK’s introduction of sugar tax, many companies are replacing sugar with other additives which aren’t any better for us.

How Safe Is Chrolinated Chicken? – It appears that it’s not very safe, but it required research to confirm it.

Soil Pollution Is The Next Major Hurdle In Combating Climate Change, Expert Says – I am not surprised by this, but I am surprised by how long it has taken to take this seriously!

“Deforestation-free” Palm Oil Is Not As Simple As It Sounds – And when it comes to sustainability nothing seems to be, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. But check this article for why it is not so simple.

Black Rhinos Make Triumphant Return To Chad After Being Killed Off – And I wish them luck and hope they will be well protected there!!

Shocking Study Shows One Third of World’s Protected Areas Degraded By Human Activities – It is the sad reality we live in and only understanding them will we be able to change things.

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Other

The UK Might Ban Wet Wipes To Cut Down On Plastic Waste – As part of their 25-year plan, one of the UK governments plans is to cut down on single-use plastics.

How Michelin Is Finding A Second Life For Tires – One way when I am impressed with a company that purchases another company. Michelin bought another company not to greenwash their own but to gain the knowledge of how to recycle their tires.

Every Google Search You Do Contributes To The Climate Change – “That’s because Google relies on a vast physical infrastructure of servers, routers, and cables that all depend on electricity to operate, according to Quartz.”

 

 

If you have any other articles you might want to share, please share them in the comment box below.

With love,

Lii

 

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Sustainable Chania

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CHANIA

Chania is a beautiful town in Crete, which is an island of Greece. The island is fairly big and offers long coastlines with sandy beaches, beautiful mountain ranges towards the centre of the island, farmlands, wildlife and ruins to remind of its rich history. It is favoured location to holiday, especially for the Scandinavians and German. You can see the island filled with tourists from April to October walking leisurely pavements among cats that are napping either in stores or on the streets, which the island is full of.

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Tourism is the islands main income followed by farming, and both of these occupations employ a big number of the island’s population. However, unemployment is still strongly prevalent, especially among the millennials. There is no proper benefit system and the government is not working to encourage people to get work. Nevertheless, the island does not really see any crime and the atmosphere is quite relaxed all around.

Greece has a history of corrupt politicians and the people do not trust them, therefore try to avoid paying taxes in many cases. However, that is part of the problem as there is no money then to support the country. On the island, you might see many different ways the companies avoid paying taxes. Sometimes they do not provide you with a receipt at all and most tourists don’t dare to question this practice. Some might give you a receipt for half of your meal and write the rest by hand on a piece of receipt paper. Some receipts look like receipts, but might not be. To make sure you help contribute to the local economy you can check your receipt for the following VAT number.

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FOOD

Most of the food you’ll eat in Crete is made out of local produce; either locally grown fruits and vegetables, freshly fished seafood or locally grown meat. Crete is famous for its healthy diet and it’s locally grown olives and olive oil, as well as cheese such as myzithra, which is delicious! Organic farming is a growing practice and you can find several farms which offer you a glimpse of organic farm life and an organic meal, however, these are mostly out of town.

Seafood is very common in Crete and every morning or even during the day you could see fishermen on their small boats sailing out to fish and then sell their gain to local people and restaurants and then sell the rest on the markets. During the day and especially evening you can see individuals fishing quietly in the harbour.

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Wine is the most common accompaniment for meals. Most restaurants will offer house wine made by themselves, but there are many wineries in Crete as well, in addition to few beer breweries. Venetian harbour is full of restaurants that offer various cuisines, however, I found them to be too touristy for my taste and rather ventured to the narrow streets of the Old Town to find a place to eat. We were lucky enough to have a taste of home-made food as well as try a couple of great restaurants:

  • I would definitely recommend Tamam with their great selection of greek food with some delicious vegetarian dishes, their greek salad was massive and filled me for several hours! I wasn’t the only one who loved the restaurant, as we walked past it every day several times, we noticed it was almost always full and during the evening time, it was difficult to get a table if you hadn’t booked one in advance. Tamam pride themselves on sourcing high-quality food from local farmers and their workforce which is loyal and some even reach their retirement age by working in their restaurant, which is a great thing to hear from a company in Greece! You can get a good meal with drinks for two for around 25-30 euros.
  • Semiramis had a beautiful traditional Greek setting and a quiet location with great greek food selection. This is mostly an outdoor restaurant, but on a cooler weather, they have a tarp that covers the dining area. Semiramis also prides themselves on sourcing their food from local farmers, but also for their entertainment during the evenings with local bands playing Cretan music. You can get a good meal with drinks for two for around 30-35 euros.
  • Tsalikis is a taverna under the hotel Melanis and is a bit outside the city centre area but alongside a beautiful beach. It is a seafood restaurant located in the perfect place to look at the absolutely gorgeous sunset. We sat looking at the sunset for over an hour whilst the ocean hum next to us quietly making the evening feel very calm and serene. They offer absolutely massive portions of food which are meant to be shared and they offer a big variety of fresh seafood. The owner of the restaurant is very friendly and the atmosphere in the taverna is quite relaxed. You can get a good meal with drinks for two for around 20-25 euros.
  • Kormoranos cafe situated just off the Venetian harbour on Theotokopoulou was my favourite place to get my breakfast. They offered various local pastries, greek yoghurt with local fruits and honey, as well as omelettes and sandwiches. Greek coffee was served in nearly every cafe, but Kormoranos was one of the only ones that also served Cretan mountain tea, which is delicious! You could also get fresh juice and local deserts. The service was very friendly and the street quiet with a view to the sea.

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SHOPPING

Cretans continue the tradition of pottery making, weaving, needlework, woodcarving and leatherwork, which you can see in many shops around the island. However, to recognise the products made by Cretan’s or sourced from Taiwan or China to be sold to tourists can be tricky, as everything is marketed as handmade. I saw many leather sandal shops selling their sandals for 20 euros and commenting on how they were handmade, which might be true but doesn’t sound like ethically or artisan made products. Most artisans had their shop alongside their workshop, which is one way to recognise local artisans, also the price was a good way to recognise what was made in Crete. Many tourist shops offered cheap touristy products, to be fair that is what most tourists would buy and that is how the shop owners would make the money. Whereas artisan stores or boutiques were a bit more hidden but offered beautiful treasures with definitely higher prices.

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Theotokopoulou had a few beautiful little boutiques with artisan made pottery, jewellery and other items, as well as design-led shops. Although, I would visit the street because of its charm. It is quiet and beautiful!

Kondilaki was a street full of touristy shops, artisan stores, a couple of ethical stores as well as a couple of restaurants. I really like the Elephant Store and a couple of other stores right next to it, the names of which unfortunately I don’t remember any more.

I loved the shop Memorabilia with its design-led and very clever products, which was situated on Episkopou Chrisanthou.

Many shops offered clothing that was printed locally and even more offered local beauty products made with locally grown olive oil. So far my favourite brand which I tried was BIOselect.

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ACCOMMODATION

Most sustainable accommodation options would be based out of Chania in small villages where sustainable tourism is starting to grow with the village and farm experience see Vamos and Agreco. If you want to stay in town, however, there are some better options.

Airbnb – Renting other persons flat or a room in a flat is always a way to get to know the town as though you belong in it. You see better how people live there and you are providing a person with an income.

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Villa – There are plenty of villa’s to be rented all around Chania. These are self-serving and if you book one that does not promise room service and cleaning every day the better option it is.

Small hotel – I had difficulty finding a hotel that had definitely sustainable credentials, but I had several hotels that were owned and run by a local person. The hotel is their life and they treat it in that way. They offer good service to their guests and by leaving a “do not disturb” sign on your door you make sure they won’t change your sheets and towels too often. Check Casa Veneta.

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TRANSPORT

Before travelling to Crete we did our online research into Chania, what to see and about the public transport, but outside of sights that are meant for tourists, there was little information (or we just weren’t able to find any). Many tourists rent a car for the trip, which is fairly easy, as there are many car renting companies about and they will bring the car to you even to your hotel. However, there are quite a few problems with the car renting companies from some companies providing cars with broken parts or others charging your credit card additional amount a few months later. As this resulted in untrustful customers many car renting companies now offer to rent for cash which is very easy and straightforward. However, electric or hybrid cars were rare as there aren’t really any charging spots for them, although this may be changing in the future.

Chania is a fairly small city and you can walk nearly everywhere within it. There is a bus station in the centre of Chania where you get good information on bus journeys and buses leave around every 20 minutes to different popular locations, so there is no need for a car unless you want to travel at your own pace and into locations that are not as easy to reach with a bus. Bus fares are fairly cheap, the airport bus takes around 30 minutes and costs less than 5 euros per person, whereas a taxi from the airport to city centre is around 25 euros. In addition, drivers in Chania are fairly erratic with speedy driving and not always paying attention to the rules. We didn’t see any car crashes, but to a drivers eye, it was scary to think of driving among those drivers. So if you decide to take a car to drive in Chania be careful and make sure you follow the road rules.

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WHAT TO DO

  • Walk around the old town and Venetian harbour – Crete is an island full of history which can be seen in Chania pretty well. The island was occupied at various times by Romans, Ottomans, Venetians and the ancient Minoans. The city’s architecture and ruins still carry many signs of the ancient times alongside its modern culture. The whole city is relaxed and oozes you to take it easy and enjoy your life. You can find restaurants or cafe’s on almost any street in the old town, and gelato can be bought long until midnight. The Venetian harbour is gorgeous at night time, although I have to warn that every restaurant will try to talk you into having a drink or food at their establishment.
  • Lighthouse – Lighthouse is one of the main attractions in Chania and can be seen from the Venetian harbour. If you want to see the harbour better have a walk to the Lighthouse, which is free but can take a while. You can see small fish in the water and the ocean humming on the other side. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes as the walk is longer than it looks and the road is not smooth, but it is a beautiful view!
  • Ruins – There are ruins all around the city and going out of the city. Walking around the old town you can see a Mosque and old Harbour fortification. On the east side of the city in Souda, you can find Ancient Aptera and if you continue further towards Stilos you’ll find Archaeological sit of Azoires. On the south side of the western Crete there is the Ancient city of Lissos, and in Kissamos you can find an Ancient city of Polyrinia and Archaeological site of Polyrrhenia. There are many more if you search a bit online and each of them will show you a little part of the history of the island.
  • Archeological Museum – There is one in most big cities of Crete, the one I visited was in Chania. It exhibited relics and findings of archaeological digs around the island and especially around Chania. It was filled with a lot of history and I was surprised at the detail of items people made 4000 years ago! It is also a great place to hide if it is starting to get too hot outside.
  • Orthodox Cathedral – The main religion on the island is Orthodox and the island has orthodox churches dotted all around. Many of them really small, some really beautiful! The cathedral is right in the centre of the old town and is worth a visit to see the history and the beautiful building.
  • Visit the Market – There is a market at least once a week on Minoos where you can find fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese and other food ingredients.
  • Go to the Beach – There are several beaches in Chania, the famous tourist beach is Nea Chora, which is not too far from the city centre and has a bunch of cafes and restaurants right at its side. Koum Kapi beach is on the other side of the old town and close to the Market. It is a beautiful beach, but very small. There are also Kladissos, Aptera, Chrissi Akti, Agioi Apostoloi and Agii Apostoloi.
  • Botanical Gardens – Build out of aches of the 2003 devastating fire, stand botanical gardens right at the root of the White Mountains. It offers a beautiful trek in nature, relaxing with local and foreign plants.
  • Boat trips and Watersports – There are several different boat trips available for tourists who want to see the ocean from a glass bottom boat, or go to a near small beach to go snorkelling, diving or just swimming. Paraglyding trips are offered at some of the beaches as well as luxury boat rides. Please be considerate of the wildlife!
  • Stargazing – The island of Crete is great for stargazing. If you are not in a centre of a city there is much less light pollution and you are able to see the star constellations with a naked eye. Did you know, most of the constellations we know today come from the ancient Greeks, so where better to learn stories about them whilst looking at the beautiful Universe? Check trips here.

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I hope you got as excited about this charming little city as I am!

With love,

Lii

 

Favourite Instagram Pictures of March and April

I seem to have forgotten my favourite Instagram pictures from March so I have added them to the April ones. This spring I have been dreaming of light and warm spring and summer days and I think it shows in the posts I like. In addition, I have been enjoying all the empowering messages online, especially to do with feminism and sustainability.

 

What were your favourite Instagram pictures this spring?

With love,

Lii

6 Articles To Help You Be More Sustainable

How To Eat Sustainably (Without Going Vegan) – We’ve heard it all over that veganism is supposed to be the most sustainable diet and healthy for you as well. But let’s face it, everybody in the world will not become vegan no matter how much people keep talking about its benefits. For some people veganism just isn’t the best option. Not eating meat is a big step for being sustainable, especially when you leave out cow-meat, however, it is not the only consideration you should take when thinking about what you eat; how much water it takes to grow the food you eat, how many miles has it travelled etc. This article discusses other options which you can do to eat more sustainably whether you are vegan or not!

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Conscious Consumerism Is A Lir. Here/s A Better Way To Help Save The World – We often think that just by buying better options, striving to recycle and reducing waste will sort out the climate change problem. However, even though our decisions can make a mark on more sustainable consumption habits, it doesn’t change the problem that is at its root. This article excellently points out what are the problems that we really should be tackling!

The Unexpected Way Your Fast Fashion Wardrobe Is Sabotaging Your Career – This post by Alden Wicker explained a lot to me! It explains how we have decision fatigue whilst providing a new point of view why our wardrobes should be more conscious!

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Making Your Period More Ethical, Eustainable and Better For You –  A post by Quirky Queer explaining why we shouldn’t be using the supermarket hygiene products and what are the other options that are more sustainable and healthier for us. A great resource for any woman!

Eating Sustainably: What I Eat In A Day and Why I’m Not A Vegetarian – A post by world threads traveller about her eating habits. She brought a new point of why different diets are good and there is no one diet suitable for everybody, with a hint of history into her life, which brought a smile to my face!

Sustainable Pet Ownership: Ways To Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Pets – Because your pets, like you, are part of the nature and if they could decide, I am sure they would like to be a positive force on the planet… well except my Ninja, who loves a warm spot so much she has an angry look on when the heating is not on…

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Let me know your additional tips in the comment box below!

With love

Lii

Sustainable News of the Month – February 2018

Smartphones and Data Centres Harm The Environment –  A Sustainable issue where we wouldn’t even think of looking: “For every text message, for every phone call, every video you upload or download, there’s a data centre making this happen. Telecommunications networks and data centres consume a lot of energy to serve you and most data centres continue to be powered by electricity generated by fossil fuels. It’s the energy consumption we don’t see.”

Limited Scope of Corporate Sustainability Revealed – As consumers increasingly require more ethical and sustainable practices from the brands they consume, the brands invest in some level of sustainability in their supply chain. However, study shows that the reach of their sustainability falls short.

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Soil Cannot Halt Climate Change – It’s implausible to treat crops and soil to absorb more carbon to halt climate change.

Free First-Of-Its-Kind App Enables Total Impact Modeling of Products – An app that helps any start-up and company to quickly design products with environmentalism and economics in mind. “The system immediately quantifies possible improvements across all performance attributes, such as the effects on compliance, costs and environment.”

How To Keep Computers Out Of Landfills and Recyclers Out Of Prisons – An article explaining why recycling computers and other electronics seem to be a problem.

Can Land-Based Fish Farms Promote Food Security – To not overfish from the oceans and to secure non-contaminated fish, are fish farms a sustainable consideration?

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Arctic Spring Is Starting 16 Days Earlier Than A Decade Ago – This might not sound like a lot, but in a place where spring and summer are shorter than further south, it is a drastic change.

Jaguars Killed For Fangs To Supply Growing Chinese Medicine Trade – I can’t believe that I am still reading this kind of titles. I would’ve imagined that in a country that has as stringed control over beauty testing, there would be something done for the medical industry as well. It saddens me to see these beautiful animals killed when they are already on the brink of extinction, but it also saddens me to read that something has driven the local people to do this.

Should Cloning Bring Back Extinct Species – Do we want to visit the real Jurassic Park or perhaps help reduce the effect we’ve had on the wildlife in recent years?

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FASHION AND SUSTAINABILITY

Why Green Consumerism Isn’t Taking Off – Nevertheless of people being sustainably conscious, as consumers seem that it is peer acceptable to be shopping for fast fashion they do not feel about it. The thrill of finding a bargain and having certain shopping behaviour, it is too much effort to find new brands that would be ethical, would fit, is the right style and the right price point.

Levi’s Cleans Up Denim Supply Chain With Automated Finishing Process – Levi has found an automated way to finish denim without as many chemicals. They are also planning to reduce chemical discharge by 2020 and hope to reuse water in the near future. In addition, they are planning to reduce textile waste. All of this sounds great and about time! But my question is; is it healthy for the people who are going to wearing the garments? And are they recompensating the employees who might have long-term problems from making their denim?

Digital Technology As A Driver Of Sustainable Innovation – Article explaining what are the technological innovations that help designers to have a more sustainable designing, sampling and production methods.

Is ‘Ethical Fashion’ Made With Deadstock Fabric Just Greenwashing? – Explaining how deadstock fabrics and mills who create them work.

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EVERYTHING ABOUT THE WATER

Wastewater Treatment Plants Could Generate Electricity – There is another possibility for clean energy.

Stand-alone System To Produce Drinking Water By Means of Solar Energy – “Designed only for desalinating water, this is a sustainable, eco-friendly technology, as its energy is supplied by solar photovoltaic panels in a CO2-free process, thus not contributing to climate change.”

Water Filtration Breakthrough Using Metal-Organic Frameworks – A new innovation can separate ion and salt from the water.

Involving The Public In Water Policies Is Key To Successful Municipal Water Systems –  Article outlines how one study researched water quality and people’s concern for costs and shortages. How human behaviours can influence water policy in a city.

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The 11 Cities Most Likely To Run Out Of Drinking Water – Like Cape Town – As the crisis in Cape Town is reported other cities watch it with fear of who will follow the suit.

Averting the Next Cape Town: Water Strategy Is A Shared Responsibility – Article examines what went wrong in Cape Town and what we can learn from it.

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Share your sustainable news in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

What Was I Up To In February 2018

February was a cold cold month when I’ve been just trying to keep warm and dreaming of warmer months to come. I had a small city trip to London to see a friend and was still so inspired by my visit to the greenshowroom that I’ve been sketching several posts about sustainability which still need a bit more finetuning before posting them. So stay tuned for that!

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The couple of posts that I did post about sustainability were the Sustainable News of January, The Ethical Jewellery and about Cred Jewellery and finally shared links to various posts discussing whether they think certain topics are ethical or not, such as is vegan leather sustainable.

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February is also a month of lovers with Valentine’s Day and I argued that it should be a day to celebrate all the love, not just lovers. I also enjoyed naps in the sunlight and reading great books, and I shared my favourite Instagram pictures of January.

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How was your February, I would love to hear about it!

With love,

Lii

Ethical Jewellery by Cred Jewellery

Jewellery is often associated with something permanent and long-term. Especially the jewellery made out of precious metals and possibly containing precious gems. Their beauty is celebrated for years to come as they don’t decay, and they can be passed on as heirlooms to future generations. I have a lovely golden necklace with a ruby from my mother, which I cherish! I remember wanting to play with it when I was a little girl and when I grew up my mother gave it to me. It is special, it is beautiful and it reminds me of my mother. I am sure many of you have had beautiful stories with jewellery from engagements, presents or dates. I would love to hear them!

The one thing we don’t want is to look at our jewellery day after day and be reminded of the damage it might’ve had on our planet or people. However, sadly, this is the case with many high street jewellery, nevertheless of the undying efforts of NGOs, consumers and even jewellers. We’ve all heard about the blood diamonds, but who’s heard about the unethical and very environmentally disruptive way gold, platinum or gems stones are produced? I found out about it only recently, and couldn’t have imagined how widespread the problem is.

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WHAT ARE THE ETHICAL ISSUES IN THE JEWELLERY INDUSTRY

  • Mining and Toxic Waste – Mining requires certain toxic chemicals to extract precious metals cost efficiently. It produces a lot of toxic waste, which is a mixture of different chemical, which often ends up in local waterways contaminating local ecosystem.
  • Destroying the Ecosystem and Relocating Populations – Toxic waste is often dumped in the local waterways where it contaminates and kills not only the aquatic life but also the local ecosystem, enters the food chain and destroys peoples drinking water. People are often forced to relocate without an incentive and they lose their livelihoods. Examples 1 and 2.
  • Human Rights Violations – People are often forced to work in the mines with lower than minimum wage in dangerous conditions. They can face job fatalities with rock falls and tunnel collapses as well as experience heat exhaustion and get various respiratory diseases such as lung cancer or tuberculosis.
  • Blood Diamonds – Warlords use diamonds as a currency to finance their illegal war efforts.
  • Jewellery Production – Energy used to make jewellery, packaging materials, toxic dyes and chemical disposal.

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Thankfully there are better alternatives and jewellery industry seems to try and change things. It is still not easy to find absolutely sustainable options, but there are several companies that are driving the change and showing that customers want their jewellery to be ethical and sustainable! One of these companies is Cred Jewellery. My fiance stumbled upon Cred Jewellery when he was looking for a birthday present for me and after I received my beautiful earrings I decided to make an investigation into the company. I was happy to learn that their webpage offered an answer to all my ethical questions. Cred Jewellery works with their partners to keep the supply chain transparent, so you know exactly where the items in your jewellery come from.

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FAIRTRADE GOLD AND SILVER

I found it fascinating to learn that sustainable mining is said to be a practice of artisan and small-scale miners, where they refill and replant topsoil to minimise mining impact, and use non-toxic and have low energy requirements. Oro Verde is owned by 194 families in Columbia to produce responsible and traceable gold and platinum. It is a collective that provides small-scale and artisanal miners profitable activity whilst keeping it traceable and fairtrade.

Cred Jewellery used only Oro Verde gold and was one of the first companies to pay a premium for ecological gold. The premium is then invested by the mining community the way they need it. All the mining is done under stringent social and environmental criteria and is independently audited. Did you know that silver is often a by-product of gold mining and requires less energy to produce? Neither did I!

RECYCLED SILVER AND PLATINUM

Platinum is a very energy intensive to get off the ground and is very rare. In addition, medical and catalytic converters use it and require it more than the jewellery industry. Therefore recycled platinum is much more sustainable option and virgin platinum. Cred Jewellery uses only recycled platinum and some of its silver is recycled.

GEMS AND DIAMONDS

All of Cred Jewellery diamonds are certified conflict-free by Kimberley Process. There has been critique about whether Kimberley Process is as reliable a source of diamonds, but there is no other body to certify this yet. Actually, there is no fairtrade mark for gemstones and diamonds yet, however, Cred is working hard to source gems responsibly with economic justice to people involved.

In addition, Cred is working hard to help the people involved in the mining processes from safer working conditions to healthcare and education. Their source in Namibia established a jewellery training school for those who were previously disadvantaged due to mining practices.

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I was definitely impressed by what Cred Jewellery is already doing to help pave the way for sustainable and ethical jewellery and am so happy to wear my earrings with a good conscious!

Read more about sustainable and ethical jewellery from ethical consumer and check the Cred Jewellery website here!

 

How do you think we should address the ethical and sustainable problems in the jewellery industry?

With love,

Lii