Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

More and more we hear about how to help the environment, about products that are now eco-friendly, and how big name designers are creating eco-friendly collections.  There are lots of websites, blogs, etc. informing us how to live sustainably and environmentally responsible.  One of my go to sites is EcoSalon. In my opinion this is all great – whatever can be done to make our world a better place, I’m all for it!

When I was thinking about starting the showroom, I originally thought about creating a showroom for only eco-friendly products, accessories, etc.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I questioned what it meant to be eco-friendly.  The actual definition of Eco-Friendly is simply, “not harmful to the environment”.  That can mean a lot, especially when we’re talking about manufacturing. 
I then looked into how emerging designers manufacture their product and found out that actually, the smaller the production, the more eco-friendly it is.  As emerging designers are limited financially, they are often the ones manufacturing the product themselves.  They manufacture locally, either by choice or by necessity, which creates / keeps jobs in the U.S. and reduces carbon footprints. Therefore, it was decided that the focus of the showroom would be on Emerging Designers who, for the most part, hand fabricate their work.  

A few of the lines at the showroom are going one step further and they’re using recycled,sustainable and/or organic materials. For jewelry, that’s not too difficult.  If the designers don’t fabricate their work themselves, it’s more often than not handmade by a small group of bench jewelers or by a hand casting process.  This process itself is eco-friendly as the metals used are generally recycled and melted down from scrap metal taken from creating the designs.

The scarf line, Beau Monde Organics, is 100% Organic, from the cotton used to make the scarves, to the dyes and printing process used for the beautiful designs.

Veranda Juniper S1 luxury organic artisan scarves made in USA Beau Monde Organics  15666.1368490675.120.120 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-FriendlySan Marco New Royalty S1 Luxury artisan organic scarves Made In USA  95181.1368559038.120.120 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-FriendlyBotanica Sage Breeze S1 luxury organic artisan scarves made in USA Beau Monde Organics  80771.1368653064.120.120 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

 

I’ve included a few pictures from the jewelry designers represented in the showroom.  They are all conscious about being Handmade, Eco-Friendly or Sustainable – or all at the same time!

            toni necklace - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
                       Handmade Silver and Gold Liz Henry Jewelry

  

Britt Beaded Flower band500 300x300 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Cynthia Britt Handmade Fine Jewelry
           6 chevron lined up fotini 236x300 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
           Fotini Handmade Eco-Friendly Jewelry

 

Ella Multi Marquis Necklace Chalcedony flip 300x300 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
                 Lila Clare Recycled Sterling Silver Jewelry
 

      red.hoop .earrings lex 300x186 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-FriendlyPity Fab Reclaimed Handmade Enameled Copper Jewelry

full moon earring amethyst - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Alex Stein Design Fine Jewelry
Square 253A Chalcedony Earrings Keelin 198x300 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Keelin Brett Handmade Jewelry
Brazilian Aquamarine 300x208 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Amanda Jordyn Designs Handmade Jewelry

 

 
 
 

And last but not least in the assortment of designers, our newest handbag line! ClutchBags NY is made from the softest leather and handmade in New York City.

feed bag 239x300 - Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly 
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2 Responses to “Handmade, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly”

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