At S-kin Studio Jewelry we have and will always strive to be as sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious as possible when creating our bespoke and high-quality jewellery.
At S-kin Studio Jewelry we have and will always strive to be as sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious as possible when creating our jewellery.
The words sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly living are phrases you have undoubtedly seen and heard from many brands. But what does this really mean and what are businesses actually doing to stay truthful to these words?
The team at S-kin Studio Jewelry have always believed in full transparency when it comes to sharing how we stay true to our commitment of producing sustainable and ethical jewellery. We hope that in giving you this insight you will discover and learn about how we work towards environmental protection and sustainability. Our team will undoubtedly continue to better our practices and improve our climate impact.
We source our gold-fill findings from Brazil and the USA as they have the most experience and knowledge in sustainably producing gold-fill. Our materials are never wasted and we ensure that it is either recycled in another production run or reused for sample production until it is finally purchased. This method of recycling minimises excessive wastage and ensures that materials are used to their greatest capacity.
70% of our sterling silver is sourced from within Australia to minimise travel emissions and the remainder is sourced ethically from Italy, India and the USA. All of our freshwater pearls are sustainably sourced from Western Australia and we use synthetic cubic zircons instead of diamonds unless they are proven to be ethically mined or lab made.
We are proud to integrate eco-friendly packaging across all our shipping goods so it as effective as it is kind to the environment. To package your jewels, we may use a combination of canvas pouches, paper boxes, biodegradable protective wrap packaging and compostable satchels.
We use canvas pouches and paper boxes as they are durable, biodegradable and great for reusability. Our biodegradable protective wrap packaging, made by GreenWrap, is a bubble wrap alternative that steers clear of harmful plastic polymer film and prevents excessive landfill and toxic waste. Our compostable postage satchel, made by The Better Packaging Co, are 100% biodegradable, compostable and represents a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions in manufacturing when compared to traditional plastic.
Commitment to ethical manufacturing means that our products are only produced in small batches and our turnover is often longer than average. This means that each and every piece S-kin Studio offers is not only made with love, care and thought but in the most sustainable and meaningful way possible.
All of our deliveries offset greenhouse gas emissions by opting for carbon neutral shipping and contributes to investments in climate protection projects. We recycle all the packaging we receive and try to reuse as much of it as possible when sending our own packages to suppliers and wholesalers.
S-kin Studio aspires to give you mindful jewellery pieces that will positively contribute to your sustainable wardrobe. We hope that in utilising sustainable packaging and choosing a more environmentally aware pathway for production, you will feel like you are part of our journey in achieving social and environmental responsible.
As consumers, our team at S-kin Studio have always made a conscious effort to shop from eco-friendly, ethical and climate aware businesses to best reduce our carbon footprint and encourage sustainable living. This dedication to reducing our environmental impact has translated into S-kin Studio Jewelry's actions towards reducing waste and consuming mindfully.
The sustainability practices we regulate in our office and physical store aims to encourage mindful consumption. Our actions range from using biodegradable corn starch tape to having plantable seed gift cards to simply recycling as much of our supplies as possible. As a small business, we also implement team initiatives like waste composting and the removal of single-use plastics to nurture an overall sustainability oriented work culture.
Our office supplies have also been carefully selected to ensure that we can recycle or reuse as much of our resources as possible.
When deciding on a supplier for our bespoke jewellery collections we knew that we had to find someone that had the same ethos and values as we did. Creative Director, Chi Mai, spent many months searching for an ethical manufacturer that we could confidently work with. Discovered in the home of jewelry production, our manufacturers are based in Mumbai, India and we are proud to say that 100% of our staff are women.
Our factories are:
- Certified Members of Sedex
- Certified Members of the Responsible Jewelry Council
- Socially Accredited by BSCI for Ethical and Legal Treatment of Workers
- Carbon Neutral
- A Place of Fair Work, this includes: a living wage, insurance, paid public holidays and more
Our factories also began as a small business and they still remain predominantly a family-owned business.
For pieces that require further construction, our team skilfully put together your jewellery pieces by hand in our Melbourne studio. Any leftover or excessive materials are then reused or recycled to reduce waste to landfill.
We are aware that all of our actions contribute to the health and welfare of our planet and we want to be as kind and gentle as possible to place that has offered us somewhere to call home. To work towards this we have energy and water reduction initiatives in our office and boutique space and we partner with sustainability organisations to further our environmental impact.
1% for the Planet
We are a proud member of 1% for the Planet. An organisation founded on the grounds that we have a responsibility to protect our planet, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and Blue Ribbon Flies founder Craig Mathews decided to start a global movement. S-kin Studio Jewelry contributes 1% of our gross sales per year to help fund high-impact non-profit organisations that work towards a more sustainable future. To learn more discover the impact we have made with 1% for the Planet.
At S-kin Studio Jewelry we acknowledge that being sustainable means continuously growing and learning more about how we can better our processes for the future. We aim to always educate ourselves and our team on how best to optimise our sustainability efforts and policies. We hope to positively contribute to the movement towards more sustainable and considered living by investing in our environment and ultimately our earths future.
Our goals include:
- Becoming 100% carbon neutral across our entire supply chain and distribution
- Generate zero waste in our studio and boutique stores
- Vertical integration of our business model to minimise waste and streamline sustainability initiatives
- Using 100% ethical and recycled materials
- Create designs that reduce material use
- Sourcing and using only 100% ethical and sustainably made gemstones