Since 2009, Alyssa has created jewelry that is thoughtfully designed and gathers inspiration and materials from the world around us.
But what happens when the natural world is changing, and not for the better?
Damage to the environment is arguably the most important topic of our time, and we want to do our part to help.
Built into my mission statement is the promise to be as environmentally responsible as I can, and to consider how I can reduce SJ's impact on the earth.
Here are a few of the ways that I'm committed to stylish sustainability.
Studio Practices & Designing Conciously
I practice what I like to call conscious design, which means I create our pieces to be both beautiful and purposeful.
My jewelry-making processes for each handmade piece are thought-out beforehand with a focus on minimizing waste.
For example, pieces of wire left over after making a pendant can be made into small earrings, and I make a point of repurposing or recycling raw material scraps wherever possible.
Conscious design is literally hand-built into each and every one of my pieces.
Materials and suppliers
Scraps that are too small for use are saved and sent to one of our ethical suppliers to be melted down into 14k gold-fill and sterling silver materials that can be used again.
I'm committed to working with conscious suppliers in Canada, the US and abroad who support ethical and sustainable environmental, business, and labour practices.
My gemstones are from suppliers that are fair-trade and conflict-free, and I try to purchase directly from stonecutters so as much money as possible goes into the pockets of those who are actually doing the work.
In addition I use some lab-grown gems (opals) which are more sustainable and have the added benefit of being more durable! Win-win!
One of my big goals lately has been to shift into using more sustainable and eco-friendly packaging, with a primary focus on reducing plastics.
We are thrilled to say that all orders are packaged in recyclable Kraft cardboard boxes with crinkle paper that can be repurposed, re-gifted or recycled.
Boxes are protected from the elements while in transit by compostable mailers. Simply cut them up and toss them in your green bin, or add them to your own compost system.
Every piece of jewelry comes in a small sealed plastic bag that is reusable, making it the perfect place to store your jewelry when it’s not being worn in order to reduce any wear and tear.
Testing and Longevity for a More Sustainable Future
I believe in creating jewelry that will last a lifetime, while also being conscious of the materials and practices we use in the day-to-day.
Purchasing high-quality jewelry keeps junky, high-chemical costume accessories waste out of our landfills.
All my designs are tested rigorously for durability and longevity, so you can proudly wear them with the knowledge that you're supporting a greener future - and looking absolutely stunning while doing so!