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  • Book Jewellery | Paper2Pearls

    Quick View Chunky wooden bangle, recycled book page eco-friendly jewellery, Price £19.00 Quick View Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy recycled book page Leaf earrings Price £15.00 Quick View Book jewellery subscription box with a handmade eco-friendly surprise gift Price £40.00 Quick View Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy miniature origami crane earrings made from vinta Price £15.00 Quick View Recycled book paper origami drop earrings Price £15.00 Quick View Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy recycled book page romantic Victorian style broo Price £15.00 Quick View David Copperfield or Tess of the D'Urbervilles recycled book page fan earrings Price £15.00 Quick View Recycled book page choker made with paper from a pre-loved copy of David Copperf Price £16.00 Quick View American greats origami cufflinks Price £16.50 Quick View Handmade origami cufflinks from and old novel by Dickens or Hardy Price £16.50 Quick View Halloween Dracula Vampire Bat recycled paper earrings Price £15.00 Quick View Halloween Edgar Allan Poe raven brooch Price £12.00 Quick View To Kill a Mockingbird recycled book pendant Price £16.00 Quick View Dracula vampire bat pendant choker made from old book Price £13.50 Quick View Recycled paper jewellery ring, up cycled gift Price £13.00 Quick View Herbal book fan earrings Price £15.00 Quick View Eco-friendly tiny rose drop earrings Price £15.00 Quick View Herbal book tiny bird earrings Price £15.00 Quick View Rose studs for gardener Price £15.00 Quick View Rose pendant for herb lover or gardener Price £15.00 Load More

  • Sustainability audit | Paper2Pearls

    Sustainability audit (12/2023) ​ Sustainability This refers to a business that causes none or minimal damage to the environment. This means it also seeks to maintain or improve the environment in the longer term and so importantly will not have an adverse effect on future generations. It has three aspects to it, as well as not harming the environment a sustainable business should also have a commitment to social and economic benefits. This year I am making a start on looking at my Corporate Carbon Footprint as well as my Product Carbon Emissions. My business is tiny so I am not going to attempt to put a figure to my Corporate Carbon Footprint at this moment in time. ​ Corporate Carbon Footprint. I am focussing on scope 1 and 2 emissions as these are the ones I have most control over. ​ Scope 2 My electricity is supplied by a company that uses renewables to provide it's electricity. At times there is a surplus in the system which means the power is free for a set period and I try to make use of this and reduce my use at the times the system is likely to be under pressure. I use electricity to heat and light my studio as well as for using tools such as my heat gun or power my Dremel multi-tool. ​ Scope 1 I have a butane powered Dremel multi-purpose tool which I use occasionally, My car is a full hybrid and has an average MPG of 63. I use it to travel to markets and other places where I sell my products and also to post orders. To reduce my travel emissions as far as possible I combine trips to post items with trips to the shops, family etc and also make use of having orders collected by my postman when this is being offered free of charge. I use the Royal Mail as my delivery service as they have the lowest carbon footprint. ​ Product Carbon Emissions This is the first time I have attempted this so it will not be perfect. Product Life Cycle I am using the cradle to customer model. Phase 1 Material Acquisition and pre-processing I buy recycled Sterling silver wire and recycled sterling clasps for stud earrings from a UK company along with premade sterling silver stud blanks. The company I use is UK based and use recyclable, plastic free packaging. However some items are made in China. I buy other findings from Etsy or Ebay. Although I buy from small UK shops these items are typically made in China. I reuse packaging materials when possible but products I buy are recyclable and plastic free. Where I can I buy ones that have also been made from recycled paper or card. Although I source these from UK sellers I am not aware of where they are made. My varnishes including the natural one I am mainly using now are all made in the USA though I buy from UK sellers. The natural varnish I use comes in a glass bottle. I also use a range of glues which are made in a number of places. The books I use can be donated to me, be bought from charity shops or from Ebay and are always pre-owned ones that are coming to the end of their life or have been annotated. Other materials are donated to me. By reusing items such as books I am lowering my emissions. Phase 2 Production The lighting and heat to my studio along with some tools is from renewable sources I produce all my pieces by hand. I reduce waste as much as possible and apart from pieces made using DVDs and bubble wrap all waste is collected and recycled. ​ Phase 3 Distribute and store I store all materials and completed items in my studio and there are no emissions caused by this. I drive a full hybrid and combine trips to post orders with other trips to reduce additional emissions. When available I make use of the free collection service offered by Royal Mail. I use Royal Mail as they have the lowest CO2 footprint. ​ Phase 4 Product Use With the exception of my battery operated lights and clocks my products do not create any emissions in use. ​ Other A tree is panted for every purchase through my link with Ecologie and can be viewed here I am also looking for ways of getting a "green" accreditation but many are out of my reach financially or aimed at larger small businesses. I have my Plastic Free Champion award from Surfers Against Sewage. ​ Does Paper2pearls have any social and economic benefits? It is a valuable support for my mental health, not just the crafting and creative aspects but also in meeting people at markets and developing friendships with other makers and sellers both in the real world and online. I pay tax on my income and I support local shops and businesses, other designer makers and UK based businesses from whom I buy any supplies that I need. Although what I use is a minute fraction of all the waste that is produced, Paper2pearlsis also a way of making buyers more aware of waste.

  • Paper2pearls brand values | Paper2Pearls

    Brand values Brand values At Paper2pearls I design and make jewellery and gifts by re-purposing and recycling materials that would otherwise likely be destined for landfill, or to put it another way I make jewellery from rubbish, specialising in reusing old paper from old books and sheet music. Below I have gone into more details about how I source materials, what I use and how I pack and ship items. It is a statement of where I am now and so I regularly review it.. ​ I am proud to have been awarded plastic free champion status for my business and i am all a member of Blue Planet I have teamed up with Ecologi so that a tree is planted for each order I receive. Suppliers I source my supplies in a number of ways including the following: Charity shops eBay, Etsy Swapping items with other jewellery makers. Family and friends who save items for me. The precious metals I use are from a British company with clear ethical policies in place and the sterling silver wire I use to make my earring hooks is made from recycled silver. Materials and making Materials: Most of my jewellery will be made using repurposed, vintage or natural materials. This may include the following: Old books (ones that have come, or are close to to the end of their life as being suitable for reading). I also recycle old plastic bottles, dvds, HDPE plastic e.g. bottle tops and can tabs. Vintage and recycled beads and embroidery threads. Natural materials including flowers, and beetle wings. I use wings from Elytra beetles which are a traditional food in Thailand and for hundreds of years the wings have been used for embroidery and jewellery making. As other foods became available and farming practices changed they became less wide spread and it became clear that they played a key role in the eco-structure of the native environment. Today farmers are encouraged to "farm" them and after they die at the end of their life cycle the wings are collected and sold thus helping the environment and the farmers. I buy my wings direct from Thailand so the money goes into their economy. I aim to use the minimum of synthetic products as these are byproducts of the petrochemical industry. Unfortunately I have been unable to find suitable environmentally friendly varnish and glues but the search for these continues! I work from home in my own jewellery studio at the bottom of my garden. My electricity supplier supplies hundred percent renewable energy. I drive a hybrid car which means that my petrol use is much reduced. ​ Packaging and delivery Paper envelopes made from recycled paper. Business cards made from plain card so they can be recycled and the use of QR codes to replace business cards at craft markets. Biodegradable stickers supplied by a small UK based business. Ensuring any paper used for gift wrapping is recycled and unbleached. Cardboard boxes for posting items in. I also recycle boxes and padded envelopes that I receive. I use natural raffia, jute and brown paper tape to secure and seal packaging and parcels. Mail-order items are sent via Royal Mail.

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