There are big problems in the jewelry world -- from blood diamonds to pools of toxic waste resulting from mining for metals. And according to eco watchdogs, an estimated 180 million tons of this toxic waste is dumped into natural bodies of water. We haven't even begun to touch the conditions for the workers!
At Cahana we seek to do things differently. To respect the expertise and value of the workers who produce our jewelry and to respect Mother Earth by establishing and implementing sustainable practices.
One of the sustainable practices we've implemented is to use 100% recyclable metals in our jewelry production. By using recycled metals, we assist in preserving the earth's limited resources and reducing emissions which are harmful and damaging to our atmosphere.
When we discontinue a line of jewelry at Cahana, we take the pieces and have the metal melted down and recycled to be used again. We love being a part of the circular economy when it comes to jewlery design, and we would love to encourage you to join in too.
Of course, the easiest way for you to join the circular economy is by shopping sustainably. We have a range of handmade, one of a kind rings made from 100% recycled metals with ethically sourced Tourmaline stones and white diamonds. In addition to shopping sustainably, you can recycle your jewelry. Consider donating any unwanted metal jewelry so it may be melted down and recycled. A good Google search for metal buyers near you should put you in good stead for finding a place to sell your jewelry to.
When shopping for new jewelry, make sure you know where it is sourced from, especially if your jewelry contains diamonds. Other things to be aware of if you're in the market for new sustainable jewelry:
- Can the jeweller trace their materials back to the source to ensure they've been produced in an ethical way? For example, are the materials fair trade and the diamonds conflict free?
- Does the jeweller use recycled materials such as gemstones?
- Does the jeweller use synthetic or alternative diamonds?
- Does the jeweller and the factory refrain from child labour?
- Does the jeweller and the factory ensure fair wages and working hours?
- Does the jewellery and the factory practice in a way that doesn't pollute or impact the environment negatively?
Here is what Cahana founder Rikke had to say about the new direction:
Basically this has been a goal for me for a long time. Cahana should be and must be sustainable. In reality it's a movement that I have joined many years ago. There were the old times where money in many ways was the only goal. In later years, and maybe also underlined during the Covid period, there is a shift going on.
I strongly believe if you want to do business in the future, you have to jump on the sustainability train. People are done with cheap plastic and products doing bad for our kids. We want other solutions. We want to re-use, remake, re-invent and we want to put our money towards something that is honest and makes sense.
I try to do as much as I can privately with respect to bio product and sustainable solutions. I want it to be the natural thing to do in my family when given a choice. This is why I am so proud of the new collection because we are taken the next big step in the right direction. There is still things to do, so I am not trying to be holy! But we are moving and moving in the right direction.