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.
I receive used coffee pods from my local community.
All items sold in my shop have been handmade with aluminium which would otherwise end up in landfill.
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.
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.
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.
Retail and Sales
Online and at Events
Staying true to my ethos, I post all items in recycled and recyclable packaging. My packaging is plastic free - The stickers are compostable, washi tape is biodegradable, cardboard and paper is recyclable.
I post all items using Royal Mail as it has the lowest reported carbon emissions per parcel of any major UK delivery company.
When attending events I try and use public transport. If that isn't feasible, I do try and share lifts with other stall holders.