Simple guide to reduce environmental impact with your jewelry business
You might think, how does jewelry contribute to climate change? Our business activities churn out gases, which unfortunately contribute to global warming. CO2 make up the majority of gases, and the amount we (as in businesses) produce is called our carbon footprint.
Three main sources for jewelry businesses are:
- Fuel for heating, running vehicles and on-site production processes;
- Electricity used by your business;
- Operations of the businesses, including staff travel, the materials, the production or the shipping.
There are lots of free calculators online that can help you estimate the amount of CO2 you generate for the first two points on our list.
When you know what the carbon footprint is of your business you can make an action plan to monitor and reduce your footprint. When you identify your biggest impact you also can decided on you biggest wins and make improvement on these. Don’t forget every change in a positive way can improve your goals.
A couple of suggestions to think of while reducing your footprint:
- switch to a green energy supplier
- opt for LED lamps
- choose for bicycle courier when possible
It is immense to deal with your indirect emissions. According to the World Gold Council 99% of the CO2 produced during jewellery production happens during the mining process. This is exactly the reason to choose for certified recycled materials in your production. Read more about our production materials here.
It is also an option to support projects that aim to decrease the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Luckily a lot of great projects are up and running. When you choose one, make sure you can track the impact.
For Ana Dyla jewelry we use South Pole to give our customers the chance to to compensate the CO2, off course besides our actions to minimalize our footprint.