Recycled Silver Jewelry ~ Handcrafted by VANDA inspired

Empowering Choices: Recycled Sterling Silver

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me that my brand also embraces eco-friendly practices. Sustainability and environmental consciousness are at the forefront of my mind. In this article, I’m shining a spotlight on recycled sterling silver and why it's a brilliant choice for eco-conscious jewelry lovers. Join me as I explore what recycled silver is, why it's eco-friendly, and how I use it to craft stunning new jewelry.

What is Recycled Sterling Silver?
Recycled silver is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a sustainable alternative to traditionally mined silver and is crafted from reclaimed silver materials, such as old jewelry, silverware, electronic components, and industrial scraps. These materials are refined and purified, maintaining the purity of sterling silver (which consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other alloys). Recycled silver possesses the same high-quality attributes as traditionally sourced silver. It maintains its brilliant luster, strength, and versatility, making it an excellent choice for creating timeless jewelry you can adore.

Why is Recycled Sterling Silver Eco-Friendly?
Four reasons recycled silver is better for our planet:

1. Reduced Environmental Impact: Traditional silver mining is environmentally destructive, leading to deforestation, habitat destruction, soil erosion, water pollution, and toxic waste. Recycled silver, on the other hand, reduces the need for new mining operations and minimizes these harmful effects.

2. Energy and Resource Conservation: Mining for precious metals is known to be resource-intensive. Recycling silver requires significantly less energy and resources than extracting and refining silver ore. This conservation of resources means a smaller carbon footprint and helps preserve our planet's natural resources.

3. Waste Reduction: By repurposing old silver items, recycled sterling silver prevents valuable materials from ending up in landfills. It's a responsible way to reduce waste and promote a circular economy.

4. Ethical and Social Responsibility: Traditional silver mining can sometimes be associated with exploitative labor practices and human rights violations. Recycled silver promotes ethical and socially responsible practices within the jewelry industry.

How does VANDA inspired Use Recycled Sterling Silver in New Jewelry?
I acquire sterling silver from two primary sources: refinery suppliers and in-house recycled materials. The suppliers where I get most of my metal from are all USA-base. Until now, the silver from my primary supplier contains mostly recycled content. But, I'm excited to announce that I recently signed with two refineries that produce 100% certified recycled metal. I also recycle some silver in my studio from old broken jewelry and production scrap. As VANDA inspired grows, I'm building toward complete sustainability and using only recycled silver.

Working with recycled metal is just like working with new material. I use sterling silver to handcraft beautiful pieces such as pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Its lustrous shine and durability make it an ideal choice for everyday jewelry, and serves as an excellent backdrop for gemstone settings and one-of-a-kind pieces, reflecting your personal style.

Feel Confident and Empowered
Sustainability and beauty can coexist. Recycled sterling silver is more than just a trend; it's a sustainable choice that embodies responsible consumption and ethical values. By choosing jewelry made from recycled silver, you're not only adding beautifully crafted pieces to your collection but also contributing to a greener planet. It's a small yet meaningful step toward a more sustainable future, one that combines style with responsibility. So, when you adorn yourself with recycled sterling silver jewelry from VANDA inspired, you're not just wearing a piece of art; you're wearing a piece of the Earth's future.

Let’s Make Our World Beautiful, Together!
Wanda @ VANDA inspired

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