We hear a lot about sustainable fashion, but like most things it's nuanced. We live in a time where it can feel overwhelming to try to make the right choice. Below is a checklist of practices that Iron Oxide takes in attempting to create more ethical jewelry.
Sustainable Material Sourcing -
Lab Grown Gemstones and Diamond Alternatives - Synthetic gemstone alternates have less environmental impact and are 100% free from unethical and environmentally harmful mining conditions. There are lots of options for eco conscious buyers looking for an alternative to diamonds, such as Moissanite.
American Mined Stones - Gemstones mined in the USA are (generally) better regulated and mining conditions/practices are less obscured by distance.
Ethical Gemstone Sourcing - I source from reputable companies that make responsibly sourced gems the rule and not the exception. I work with companies that are invested in mine-to-market tracing and demand safety at every step.
Recycled Metals - I source metals from a company in Portland that recycles and refines metals, and I recycle my scrap there as well.
Reused Metals - Working with clients who provide gold from older jewelry that has been in their family and melting it down to create something new is one of my passions!
Fairmined Gold - I am now sourcing Fairmined Gold from a company who supplies conflict free, artisanal mined gold. This organization has been certified and 3rd party audited to ensure that they are following the leading world standards for responsible practices.
Sustainable Packaging + Supplies
Minimal, Reused and Recycled Packaging - My packaging is plastic free and recycled, recyclable and naturally biodegradable. My shipping boxes and even my little jewelry boxes are made from 100% post consumer recycled material.
Conscious Partnerships - I cancelled my Amazon account in 2020 and am no longer sourcing my mailers or labels from companies that don't pay their taxes or donate to Trump like Amazon and U-LINE.
I source the majority of my packing materials from EcoEnclose, and incredible company that is heavily invested in creating sustainably packaging options.
Holistic Business Sustainability
Made in the USA - This should go without saying. This is American made jewelry. I outsource my casting, bookkeeping and tax prep to people who also live in Portland.
Repairs - The best loved jewelry is usually the piece that gets broken. I offer (usually free) repairs for life. Often it just takes a minute or the right tool to fix something minor and save something from getting thrown out.
More Inclusive Pricing - Iron Oxide doesn't offer wholesale and is offered direct to customer so that there is no additional markup and I can keep the prices more accessible to a larger audience. I also offer sales
Community Investment - Since 2020, 25% of my profit has been donated to Portland based non-profits and organizations on a monthly basis. As my company grows, my investment in my community does as well.
An Ethos - I'm striving to make ethical and sustainable choices in every detail of my business, from recycling down to my domain host and am always looking for ways I can do better.
Forever Learning - Our understanding of what sustainable fashion means is constantly evolving. If there is something I'm missing, please let me know! I'm committed to creating a company that I can be proud of.