It’s not enough for our jewelry to be beautifully made; we want to be transparent about where our materials come from and the steps I am taking to ensure our methods are sustainable and reflect our commitment to the environment.
Typically when we choose a piece of jewellery, we consider its style, the design and how it will look with our favourite outfit. But how often do we consider how that piece was made? We believe that sustainability can be achieved through longevity. Which is why each piece is forged by hand to create timeless quality pieces that you will love to wear year after year, eventually passing them down to the next generation.
The Pirate + The Gypsy is committed to protecting and preserving the planet we live on. While I am not perfect I am doing my best and am constantly researching and educating myself when it comes to making earth-friendly and sustainable choices for my business and personal life.
Respect - I have so much love for the planet we live on from the mountains to the deep blue waters we see everyday. The earth we live on nourishes us and provides us with the materials used to create our jewelry, so it is important we take care of it. From green solutions to the water based inks used in the packaging, I am conscious of what is used and its impact on the environment. This includes the tools I work with–especially how I solder. In an effort to maintain a clean air environment on our planet and in my home I have switched to a hydrogen torch system which runs off of electrolytes and has a by-product of water so there are no harmful fumes or gasses.
Reduce – I am committed to reducing our waste and our carbon footprint as much as possible. All of the scrap metal created from the making of the jewelry is collected, refined and reused in the making of our cast pieces of jewelry and are minimizing our footprint by working with local Canadian businesses to provide us with materials, packaging, photography, prototyping, etc.
Reuse – I believe that everything can be reused and that nothing should go to waste, upcycling and repurposing is my specialty. I pride myself on keeping metals out of our landfills by taking your unwanted sterling silver and gold jewelry and giving you a credit towards a new piece from one of our collections. Alternatively, I will work with you to design a new piece that fits your style.
Recycle - I use recycled metals in almost all of our jewelry and all of our packaging and business cards are made from 100% recycled paper products. Want to know more about the materials we use and why? Send me an email and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.