In recent years, consumers are considering sustainable fashion more than ever before. Cheap fast fashion is out and sustainability is in. Oftentimes when we talk about sustainable fashion, jewelry is left out of the conversation. In terms of clothing, sustainable usually means fair trade organic cotton fabric. But when it comes to jewelry, sustainability could mean many things. Ethical jewelry brands that dedicate themselves to thoughtful sourcing, fair wages, and give-back initiatives are where it’s at. Whether it’s an addition to your own collection or a sustainable gift for a loved one, jewelry is cherished for a lifetime. So if you want your jewelry brand to match your values without skimping on quality and style then check out these brands.
31 Bits works with artisans in Uganda to create high-quality jewelry. The company employs women and offer counseling, health education, financial training, and business mentorships. Your purchase directly impacts and empowers women in Uganda.
According to their website: “ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.”
Using environmentally-conscious practices, Bario Neal sources from conflict-free regions such as Canada, Namibia, and Australia. Each unique wedding band comes with an option to customize each and any part, including an option for engraving. A portion of proceeds benefits organizations that support marriage equality and environmental sustainability.
Ten Thousand Villages
For over 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been a pioneer of the fair trade movement. The company, according to its website, worked to break the cycle of poverty and impact the lives of 20,000 makers in 30 developing countries. The jewelry is created by independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops, and workshops.