Sustainability

We take sustainability seriously here at Simple & Dainty because we love our planet! We are always evaluating our processes, materials, and overall effect on the environment to do our best to build a sustainable and Earth friendly brand. 

 

MATERIALS

Our jewelry is manufactured using recycled gold and silver. Using recycled materials means we aren't mining for new raw materials - instead, we are using the materials that are already circulating the jewelry industry. This helps create less of a negative impact on our planet.

Our manufacturers follow strict guidelines and regulations to ensure the metals they use are recycled and refined in an ethical and environmentally friendly way. The refiners they work with follow strict standards, which include the following: 

  1. Refiners must be certified members of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
  2. Refiners must be on the EICC/GeSI conflict–free compliant smelter list.
  3. Refiners must be on the LBMA good delivery list.
  4. Refiners use Green Silver Certified sterling silver that is not mined but recycled.
  5. Refiners must go through third party Banks Certification audits.

In order for these guidelines to be met, the refining process needs to be as clean and efficient as possible for the planet. We look at each step of the jewelry making process starting with the raw materials to ensure that we are as sustainable and eco friendly as possible. 

Vermeil jewelry: Our vermeil pieces have a sterling silver base, which are made with a mix of new and recycled sterling silver. This helps keep the shiny surface of the jewelry, while also helping the environment by using recycled silver. The 2.5 microns of gold plated on top of the sterling silver also uses a mix of new and recycled gold. 

 

We recycle all of our scrap materials through a refinery. This means anything that is defective or that we mess up on - like stamping discs, broken clasps, etc - don’t get thrown away! We recycle it so that it can be made into new jewelry. If you have some broken jewelry from us that we can’t repair, feel free to send it back so we can recycle it. 

A big benefit to using high quality materials is that they last. Unlike fast fashion items, our jewelry is meant to be worn daily and for years! The less jewelry you buy throughout your lifetime, the less impact you put on the environment.

 

PACKAGING

We try to make the most amazing unboxing experience you can have for your new pieces, while making as little environmental impact as possible.

All of our packaging is recyclable - from our paper necklace cards, to our paper boxes, to our compostable mailers. We don’t use any plastic in our packaging, and all of our paper media is made on recycled paper.

We also provide a free and reusable jewelry pouch for you to store your jewelry in when you’re not wearing it. You can also opt out of receiving our free pouch! 

 

STUDIO

In an effort to be sustainable throughout each step of making your beautiful jewelry, we also keep a close eye on what we do in our studio.

Here are a few things that we do with sustainability in mind: 

  • We recycle all of our metal scraps by having them refined and made into new pieces.
  • We ask our suppliers to use paper alternatives instead of plastic bags. If they can’t, we reuse the zip bags that we receive.
  • We don’t include paper invoices; instead, we do everything online to cut down on paper waste.
  • We separate and recycle all office waste into appropriate bins.
  • We use recycled boxes and mailers for all of our shipments.

 

FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY

We are currently working on furthering our sustainability in the future by working on the following:

  • Carbon offset options for our customers at checkout
  • Carbon offset out entire company to become completely carbon neutral
  • Continue to only work with sustainable manufacturers
  • Keep an open dialog with our favorite and most important people (you!) to push ourselves further towards sustainability going forward!

Thanks for following along! As always, we love feedback and suggestions. If you have any ideas for us, please let us know athello@simpleanddainty.com. We love hearing what you have to say :)