What is sustainable jewelry? How can consumers pay attention to?

by mittag jewelry

When you dine, would you like to know where the food comes from?
Do you question the source or materials of the food that are sold too cheaply?
Is it natural or genetic modification or chemically synthesized?
Is the farming area organic or heavily used in chemical fertilizers and pesticides?
Perhaps, after experiencing food safety problems, you are very concerned about food production history, processing and so on. However, regards to fashion, have you ever thought about who sew the clothes you wear? Is it from a third country with low wages and child labors? Does the fabric dyeing factory meet environmental requirements, or discharge chemical dye wastewater directly into rivers? Where does the shiny jewelry you wear come from? Are they (gems, precious metals) exchanged for improper mining, destruction and environmental pollution? Are they exchanged for heavy metal pollution caused by illegal electroplating mentioned in our article "Leave us a beautiful environment! A Taiwanese brand talking about environmental awareness"?

 

Fashion, boutique can actually not be an environmental killer! A deep warning from the movie "Blood Diamond"

Fashion and boutique industries bring people a wonderful experience, but they are often linked with waste and environmental damage, and they also impact labor rights and social ethics. In particular, the "fast fashion trend" that has emerged in recent years is obviously an environmental killer. Especially when the real purpose of fast fashion is not to buy due to "needs", it is to induce consumers to spend money because of "temptation". Well-known fashion designer Gaurav Gupta said: "Fast fashion has greatly increased the pollution problem. We should urge designers to move towards slow fashion. This is the real environmental protection and good behavior for the earth." He said, "We should wear these clothes for many years, reuse them, and finally recycle them. Consumers with fast consumerism are also one of the keys to fuel pollution. Transformation should start from you and me." Because of the precise spending money on clothes, apart from saving money, it is also the most friendly attitude towards the environment.

Fashion designer: Gaurav Gupta

These fast fashion accessories, cheap accessories, disposable accessories have a huge impact on the environment. Because suppliers use cheap but environmentally unfriendly metals, such as nickel alloy jewelry, which are very easy to damage; at the same time, because the metal is prone to cause allergies, but with the limited cost of affordable jewelry, it is necessary to use an electroplating process that is cheap and destroys the water source. Finally, it is delivered to the customer with a plastic package that is inexpensive and convenient but difficult to be decomposed by the environment. The customer wears it a couple times then dump it  because it is allergic, discolored, deformed. In addition, the nickel alloy jewelry itself is a cheap metal, not worthy of recycling by the industry, so very often just directly bury it, which not only increases the amount of garbage discarded but also causes pollution of soil and water sources.

Introduction of "sustainable jewelry" that has sprouted in Europe, the U.S. and Japan in recent years

So how should you buy jewelry and other accessories? Have you heard of "sustainable jewellery"? We are honored to be invited to participate in the "Sustainable Jewelry" seminar held by Sustainable Jewellery/SUS 750 on December 1, 2018. Since mittag silver cares alot environmental issues, we are full of positive opinions on this issue, with a strong sense of participation. According to the Financial Times, the proportion of minerals on Earth is 1 gram of gold, compared to 60 grams of silver and 400,000 grams of diamonds (Yes! Diamond production is surprisingly large). And 78% of this relatively precious gold is made into jewelry. However, the metal sources behind these shiny jewelry are not necessarily as dazzling as their appearance; if these precious metals come from illegal mining and smelting pipelines, not only hurt the health of miners, but also cause environmental pollution (such as in Peru, the illegal gold digger will use mercury containing highly toxic drugs to adsorb gold, and then directly pour the mercury-containing wastewater into the river, which will not only pollute the water source but also enter the food chain, causing serious mercury pollution); in addition, there are even men and women unequal work rights, child labor and other labor rights. Then, let alone these brands in the subsequent jewelry manufacturing process, there is also a second processing pollution as described in the article "Leave us a beautiful environment! A Taiwanese brand talking about environmental awareness".

Therefore, "Sustainable Jewelry" is intended to improve the above situations, emphasizing that in the process of refining precious metals or subsequent jewelry making, it can reduce environmental damage and safeguard labor rights, and maintaining economic benefits. Under this concept, the story behind each piece of jewelry can be as beautiful as it is. mittag jewelry is not only expecting to be able to do it, but also hopes that more brands and consumers will access to this information and ideas. But in fact, there are already fair trade metals (Fairtrade Gold/Silver, Fairmined) in foreign countries. There are also many brands of sustainable jewelry, and mittag will share with you in the future.

At the moment, you and us have some concepts about "sustainable jewelry." As consumers, we can pay attention to followings when buying jewelry:

  1. Proactively ask about the material source: What metal is it made of? Where does the metal come from?
  2. Do not use/ do not buy unknown plating accessories.
  3. Use/purchase certified metals or gems: Is the metal purchased from Fairtrade Gold/Silver? Are gems mined by legal mines in compliance with environmental regulations?
  4. Buy good quality jewelry: Buy maintained value platinum, gold, silver products. Take good care of the jewelry. Wear it for a long time. When you don't wear it in the future, you can go to the jewelry shop to sell it. After refining and regenerating it into a new beautiful jewelry, it will last forever.

 

The source of mittag silver precious metal materials is refined by the professional precious metal recycling vendor collecting from the Taiwan's jewelry shops, which not only helps to reduce the carbon footprint, but also the sustainable recycling of the Taiwan environment. In addition, what is exciting is that mittag jewelry has got "Fairmined" certification in 2020, becoming the only jewelry brand in Taiwan that uses fair trade precious metals, so that if any consumers cares and looks forward to participating in sustainable issues can find fair trade jewelry in Taiwan. Besides, in March 2021, we adapted the more advanced and environmentally friendly "Organic Gold and Organic Silver" extracted by "eco gold stripping technology"; and this technology came from a Taiwan company UWin Nanotech. Since then, mittag jewelry has provided two material resources that came from mines and from recycling for consumers to choose, and both are in line with the environmentally friendly "responsible precious metals". Moreover, as written in the mittag article "Leave us a beautiful environment! A Taiwanese brand talking about environmental awareness", the silver and K gold products offered by mittag silver "reject the use of electroplating technology", using hand polishing to replace electroplating and mittag provides a permanent free maintenance service to be responsible to consumers.

Have you ever thought about the world changing because of our purchasing decision?

 

"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want"

-Anna Lappe

(Anna Lappe is a sustainable food advocate, bestselling author, educator).

 

Use the words of Anna Lappe to work with everyone. Every time we spend money, it is like a vote that determines the future of the planet. Choosing fair trade into daily consumption is the best way to be fair and sustainable for producers, consumers and the natural environment! Shop wisely and conscientiously. Conscious consumption, shopping with conscience, can create a better world. Please think more before making consumption decisions. Buy fewer but better things, and small progresses will bring huge improvements. Hoping that we can also be diligent to realise it.

Next, you are invited to watch the film produced by Fairmined. We sincerely appeal to everyone who are hoping to live sustainability in this land just like us, can post this article to your friends and family, so that more and more people can know the message of loving this land, thank you!

K gold items of mittag jewelry