A Greener Christmas

Christmas can be thoughtful

At this time of year, we are all thinking about christmas shopping, the expense, the time, trying to find that perfect gift. This year, I think a lot of people are trying to find the perfect GREEN gift, be that gifting your time, an experience or something made locally or from a small business. With this in mind, here are some of the ways that my business is working really hard to be green.

My Greener business

I try very hard to make sure that my work and all my packaging is as good as possible.  Each piece of jewellery comes in a beautiful natural coloured box made from re-cycled boxcard and outer paper from sustainable forests. There is an organic cotton insert dyed using vegetable dyes and it is finished off with a luxurious ribbon which you can reuse.

Selection of boxes

Re-use – Reduce – Recycle

I re-use padded envelopes and packaging so please excuse the not so perfect look when your post arrives, what is inside will be perfect!! I am working on making this better by using small pouches made from Bio Leather in future.

Brown envelope

I recycle as much as possible and have just started making Eco Bricks to remove some of the non-recylable plastic from the waste chain. I do small beach cleans whenever I take the dog to the beach and I’m working on reducing the amount of plastic I buy in my grocery shopping by buying loose veg and using shops like my local Unwrap where you can bring your own containers.

Handmade silver and gold rings lined up with boxes

Eco and Fair-trade

I use eco silver and gold to make jewellery and all the stones I buy are ethically sourced and traceable. I do not use diamonds (unless for a commission) and I am a huge fan of the manmade diamonds which are being produced in Cornwall. They are chemically identical to natural diamonds and have no imperfections and are made by people being paid a proper wage in good conditions. https://www.kinetique.co.uk/blood-from-stones-2/

Enjoying a green Christmas isn’t about not having the things you love; it’s about being thoughtful and considerate for our environment in the way in which you consume. The benefits of reducing your consumption are visible in your happiness, sanity, your bank account, and importantly: the environment. So, there are plenty of good reasons to celebrate a green Christmas this year and ever more.

If you have ideas that could make my small business more friendly, please drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you.

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