Greening

Silver Charms Go Green with our Plant a Tree program!  For every order we ship, we will plant a tree.  We have partnered with Trees for the Future to offset all of the carbon associated with our office operations and the orders we ship out to customers.  We used carbon calculators available online to estimate our annual carbon use and then added a healthy amount of padding to be conservative.  While it is difficult to find accurate data, we believe this program will also cover the carbon emissions of the silver mined to produce our products.

 

We researched many different programs and decided that Trees for the Future was the best match for us.  They have a proven track record of partnering with respected companies like Timberland  and we like the fact that they plant many trees that provide food and materials for local populations who then have a vested interest in keeping the trees healthy.  They run programs in Africa, Asia and South America.  Here is how the organization describes its work:

“Since 1989, Trees for the Future (www.plant-trees.org) has been helping communities around the world plant trees.  Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and our country programs, we have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands.  Planting trees protects the environment and
helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.”


 

A Long Journey

Greening is a long journey. It can often feel intimidating, especially in an industry like silver jewelry where so many factors are out of our control. In our office, we have made a commitment to move forward steadily. We are hoping that even the smallest steps will add up. When we remodeled our building, we added skylights and staggered our lighting on two grids. Now we can keep half the lights turned off during the day. We carefully separate all of our trash for recycling and composting and we shred paper waste to use as packing material. We have not found a way to eliminate the ubiquitous zip lock plastic jewelry bags that the city won’t recycle but we found a Bag Guy who recycles them for us. The number of people in our office bicycling to work has increased to the point where we need to purchase a bike rack. We also use Soy Based Ink on all of our catalog inserts.

 

Erin waits for the hip "maker" dude who recycles our ziplocks

I recently purchased a metal mug to use at the local café. It sounds almost silly, but I calculated that I will save 250 paper cups with plastic tops in one year. According to Hillary Feldman at About My Planet, Americans use 16 billion paper cups a year. “The real cost of 16 billion paper cups is nearly one million tons of wood, 4 billion gallons of water, and 253 million pounds of waste. Every tree used for paper cups is also removed from the ecosystem and can no longer absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, or filter groundwater.” So maybe its not so silly….. We’ll keep you posted as our greening journey continues! Any tips?

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