Behind the product

Problem

The biggest challenge in committing to being an environmentally focussed business in the fashion industry, is finding material that is eco-friendly. Most supplies have been created solely for human need in mind (particularly for cost-effectiveness), the environmental effects are a lesser priority, except where regulations have induced manufacturers/suppliers to comply with certain standards. Thus, some of our products contain plastics and other non-biodegradables, along with a host of unsustainably mined metals, synthetic chemicals, and other environmentally unfriendly components. The very last thing we want to do is to add to that. We hope that by being honest and open from the start and sharing information about ideal alternatives, we can start shifting attitudes that have lead to our primary options being toxic, and move towards more responsible and mindful resources.

Transparency

We want to be transparent as possible. This shows a cyclical progression of the relationships between our values and what's important to us. There are definitely areas that we would like to work on such as finding better options with the materials we use and also external factors that we have limited control over such as the environmental impacts of shipping. We hope to refine this as we continue to grow.


Timeline

From our research, we developed this timeline to show you which option is most beneficial to the environment. for harper sits in between the recycled and ethical line. We are proud to have developed 

Our materials

Recycled metals

We are so excited to be able to bring you a collection of recycled metals. This means, as much as possible, the silver we source for our designs is recovered from the residues of alloy such as copper, nickel and lead. We have been fortunate to find a supplier in Bali that has the ability to create some of the pieces from our sunrise collection. We are still in the process of refining this with hopes to introducing a close the loop production line where there is zero waste from the entire range. Check the individual product page for detailed material breakdown.

Gold-Filled

100% of our gold-filled findings are made in the U.S. and Brazil (where gold fill is more abundant), and assembled by hand in our Sydney studio. Check the individual product page for detailed material breakdown.

Gold-Vermeil

Our gold vermeil pieces use 14k gold plating that is at least 2.0 microns thick with Sterling Silver as the base metal. Check the individual product page for detailed material breakdown.

Pearl

All our freshwater pearls are sourced from Australia, which is considered amongst the most sustainable in the world. Check the individual product page for detailed material breakdown.

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