MIKAELA LYONS JEWELLERY

Ethics

A note about ethics

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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 promote 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 packaged in a 100% cotton pouch which I buy from a UK company who use fair trade and ethical cotton from a sustainable source. The bag will also biodegrade completely. I hand silkscreen print every pouch with non-toxic water based ink. The pouch comes in a box which is made using eco-friendly methods and is fully recyclable.

Gold & Silver

My platers use 18ct 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.