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Ethics & Silver

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Conscious consumerism is vital for the sustainability of the environment. It involves directing your hard earned cash into purchases that make a positive social, environmental or economical impact.


Being an ethical brand includes evaluating and ensuring sustainability in the supply line such as in sourcing, creation, packaging and ensuring the brand is also positively giving back directly to the community.


Mining’s Cost to Society


If not mined ethically, silver can have enormous repercussions for society and the environment.


It is very important for your metals origins to be sustainable and ethical.


Metal mining is responsible for around 10% of:

  • Child labour;

  • Human rights abuses;

  • Energy consumption;

  • Landscape damage and more (refer to ‘Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities and the Environment’ for further info).

Silver mining is often less regulated than other forms of mining due to:

  • 75% of silver being used for uses other than jewellery;

  • 70% of the time, silver is a by-product of mining for other precious metals;

  • having a lower monetary value and public interest than gold and diamonds.

These factors make it more difficult to ensure silver is conflict-free and traceable.


Recycled vs Newly Mined


One of the many wonderful things about sterling silver (along with its durability, simplicity and shine) is that that it can always be melted down and continuously recycled.


However, whilst recycling is always encouraged, the most important consideration when evaluating whether a precious metal is ethical is how it was mined.


The process of recycling sterling silver does not wash away the precious metals history and makes it notoriously tricky to trace its origins.


So whilst you should endeavour to recycle your sterling silver, it is even more important to determine where that metal came from in the first place before buying it.


Everlastings: Ethical and Sustainable


So now we know the importance of sourcing sterling silver responsibly, what does Everlastings do about it?


Sourcing

Around 90% of our sterling silver is newly-mined in Australia and New Zealand, which are two countries with highly regulated precious metal industries.


Our sterling silver supplier aims to minimise environmental impact, give back and does not contribute to conflict, human rights abuses or breaches of international law.


Due to the issues of traceability, we do not purchase recycled sterling silver.

If the term ‘recycled’ is used by us, it is because we have recycled our own sterling silver scraps and pieces, with the knowledge of its origins.


Our commitment to sustainability also goes beyond our ethical sourcing.


Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor

Everlastings plants Australian native trees and shrubs in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor for every purchase, assisting with;

  • Protecting threatened flora and fauna,

  • Creating a carbon sink to reduce the effects of greenhouse gases,

  • Recovery of biodiversity,

  • Soil restoration and so much more.



Creation

Tayla sustainably makes every piece slowly by hand designing jewellery to last and be cherished; differing drastically from fast fashion’s mass production.


We only purchase materials from local suppliers to support local businesses and reduce carbon emissions from travel.


We minimise wastage by keeping all offcuts, scraps and failed designs and reuse them to create jewellery.


Packaging

In our packaging, we use shipping boxes made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council recycled cardboard and Forest Stewardship Council recycled mix tissue paper.


We please request that you reuse your shipping box and tissue paper to maximise its use.


Thank you!


If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out and we will do our best to answer any questions.

Thank you for getting to this point and for consuming consciously – it is all of our responsibility to live sustainably.





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