Recycled Silver - Why it's important to make the change.
We are all looking for ways, big and small, to help be part of the solution to climate change, and sustainability. Consumers are now looking for sustainability, transparency and ethical manufacture in the brands they believe in, buy into and support. Lily Charmed have been seeking ways for years to take the small steps towards more sustainable and ethical production of their jewellery, a big step is using Recycled sterling silver. Making small changes to production makes big differences to our environment.
We use recycled silver to craft all our charms. Recycling silver helps to limit the amount of metals that must be produced, the use of chemicals to process them, and lowers the impact on the environment. We also like the sentimental journey of using recycled silver. For us charm jewellery tells your story, and has an emotional impact - using recycled silver brings with it it's journey, the silver had a life before, a purpose, its own story, and by reusing silver we carry its story to the next generation.
Mining has always been a fundamental process in the the jewellery supply chain. In 2004 Jon and Lucy Lee (Directors of Lily Charmed) visited Potosi, a Silver Mine in Bolivia, and saw first hand the impact of mining on the physical environment, the chemical footprint required to process metal, and the high impact on the workers - this has informed their decision to work as much as possible with Recycled Silver in their jewellery.
Potosi, is a 'Silver Mountain' in Bolivia, and has been mined for silver for 474 years, and is still one of the largest silver deposits. Jon and Lucy went on a tour of the mine - where they witnessed hard working conditions of heat and dust, and very little safety (dynamite was for sale on the street!) It was humbling for them to see first hand the conditions at the mine, that the 16,000 workers had to experience daily to bring rocks containing silver to the surface.
Lucy feels 'As jewellery makers it is incredibly important to understand where your raw materials come from, and the impact it has on the environment and the people sourcing it'.
Sustainability of Packaging Materials
Lily Charmed has been making other changes too. We have changed our gift boxes, so they are manufactured using 100% recyclable material, by an FSC certified company (Forests For All Forever).
We are also now using 100% paper padded envelopes to post our jewellery to you, and are not longer using plastic bubble lined packaging - which is impossible to recycle.
We hope that these small changes, will help make Lily Charmed a more sustainable and environmentally friendly company. And we are always looking for other steps to do our bit.
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