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Sustainability Plan

I know there is a long way to go to make jewellery more environmentally friendly.  I believe I have a responsibility, both as an individual and as a business, to reduce my carbon emissions and bring awareness for change in my industry.

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Coffee Pod Creations Impact

United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Upcycled and repurposed coffee pods

Upcycled and repurposed

Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is a way of transforming  unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality, such as artistic value or environmental value. 

All items sold in my shop have been handmade from aluminium which would otherwise end up in landfill.

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Renewable Energy

The electricity I use in my home and my studio is 100% renewable energy.

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Joined Ecologi

Coffee Pod Creations has now partnered with Ecologi to support community projects and reforestation.  

Every online order will lead to one tree being planted in reforestation projections around the globe. 

As Coffee Pod Creations grows, so too will the amount of trees I plant with Ecologi.

Hessian Gift Bag and Box

Plastic Free Packaging

The stickers are compostable, washi tape is biodegradable, cardboard and paper is recyclable.

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Public Transport

Where possible I travel to events on public transport.  

Package Delivery

Royal Mail 2nd Class Postage

I post all items using Royal Mail as it has the lowest reported carbon emissions per parcel of any major UK delivery company.

My sustainability promise

I will continue to learn and improve my knowledge and adapt my operating practices so I am as environmentally sustainable as possible

Jeweler Tools

New Elements

For some parts of jewellery making, for example earring hooks and earring posts, I use new materials.

When I do buy new, I choose stainless steel because it doesn't tarnish, it is long lasting and strong. 

Through my partnership with Ecologi, I  purchase carbon offsets to make up for any emissions caused by the production and transportation of these materials.

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Travel

When public transport or cycling isn't feasible I do use a car to get to events.  

I do try and lift share with other stall holders.

Save the Planet

Greenwashing

I never intend to mislead customers and I am regularly evaluating my processes and practices.  Where I do use phrases like, 'eco-friendly' and 'sustainable' it is to highlight that Coffee Pod Creations is repurposing aluminium metal to be used to it's fullest potential.  By choosing Coffee Pod Creations you are minimising the use of new resources and saving items from reaching landfill.  

Circular Studs and Coffee Pods

Sustainably made in small batches

What do I mean by sustainably made in small batches?

Small batches are more sustainable than mass produced items.  For a start, they’re not manufactured in a large factory with questionable labour practices and lots of raw materials.  I make each upcycled piece in my home workshop by hand.  This means I have take time and care to create with little waste.  I inspect the quality of each piece.  Sadly this doesn’t happen with mass produced items which if found faulty or with an imperfection end as waste. 

Consciously Crafted

At Coffee Pod Creations, I want to look beyond the traditional take-make-waste model and instead focus on creating a more circular economy where waste and pollution are designed out and products and materials are kept in use.

I know that I can’t create a circular future alone, so I have teamed up and partnered with other charities and companies who have expertise in their area. 

Sourcing Materials

Aluminium Coffee Pods

I receive coffee pods from my local community - I either collect from their home or the pods are dropped off at a convenient location.  I do have one supplier who posts their cleaned pods to me using Royal Mail. 

I enjoy receiving the coffee pods and seeing what colours and patterns I can use in my designs.

Nespresso does have a recycling scheme but sometimes the people who donate these aluminium pods either do not have access, or choose not to use the scheme. Therefore these coffee pods are destined for landfill.. 

Together we give this aluminium a second life.

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Ecologi

Coffee Pod Creations has now partnered with Ecologi to support community projects and reforestation.  

Ecologi helps people and companies offset their carbon emissions through a range of climate action projects.   Every online order will lead to one tree being planted in reforestation projections around the globe.  These projects meet the highest criteria in terms of climate action and have been certified “Gold Standard” or Verified Carbon Standard. 

Through my partnership with Ecologi, I purchase carbon offsets to make up for any emissions caused by the production and transportation of any new materials and beads.

If we all work to support all these small campaigns at the same time, we can make a huge impact. 

As Coffee Pod Creations grows, so too will the amount of trees we plant with Ecologi.

Recycling for Good Causes

Recycling for Good Causes

Recycling for Good Causes is a fantastic company and leading specialist-recycling fundraising operator in the U.K.

If you have unwanted or broken jewellery then send it to them!

 

They collect jewellery and watches (in any condition and made from any material) and recycle them.  The proceeds will be sent to your chosen charity or good cause.

Recycling for Good Causes has raised millions and is the fundraising partner with more than five thousand charities and good causes, both big and small.

For small items you can pop them in an envelope (no bigger than A5) and send direct to them.

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