Sustainable and Cruelty Free. No compromise.
As a sustainable fashion entrepreneur and jewelry designer, it is important to me that all of my pieces are made with high quality, cruelty free, and recycled materials.
They are made by hand in an energy efficient studio and as such, use very little energy and produce little to no waste.
Earth friendly fashion is slow fashion and I am proud to be part of the growing change.
Stay curious, stay focused and keep asking the difficult questions.
Why Recycled Sterling Silver?
As soon as I knew I wanted to work with Sterling Silver, I did some research on the effect my business would be having on the worlds resources, albeit on a minuscule scale.
After many months of searching I found a great supplier of 100% recycled sterling silver in the US.
After 2 years of searching I finally found an amazing manufacturer of Recycled Sterling Silver Chains made in the UK from antique cutlery.
All of my jewelry's components are made from recycled sterling silver. From the bails to the clasps, absolutely everything.
Did you know?
Metal mining is one of the largest polluters of land and water supplies worldwide.
Acid rock drainage from waste rock associated with silver mining causes oxidisation, this inhibits plant growth and contaminates surface and groundwater supplies.
The effect of metal mining is felt for hundreds of years after a mine ceases activity. Many older mine shafts become unstable and collapse, displacing communities and deeming the land inhabitable, while others fill with water and continue to contaminate the surrounding ground water supplies for decades.
Recycling sterling silver is an effective form of resource management. Silver is a great conductor and does not corrode. Due to this, it is used widely in many household appliances such as refrigerators, TV's and microwaves, as well as in medical and industrial machinery.
Recycling silver from these sources has a hugely positive environmental impact, decreasing reliance on known pollutants.
Why Cork Cord?
From the start I knew I wanted Twisted Fern Designs to be a 100% Cruelty Free and Mine Free business.
After a lot of searching for cruelty free alternatives to leather cords and mass produced chains, I found a great small Etsy business offering natural and sustainably harvested cork cord.
This small family-run Portuguese company was the perfect answer to my ethical conundrum.
Cork is a water-resistant, organic material, and has been used for centuries.
Harvested from the Cork Oak tree, forests of these trees are combating habitat destruction for many animals in southern Europe.
Commonly known as Vegan leather, it is very hard wearing, easily recyclable and requires no chemicals or pollutants in its production process.
As well as having a positive impact on the environment, cork cord is also very comfortable, breathable and each piece has a unique grain making it a great addition to any style.
In the Studio
The Twisted Fern Studio is working towards becoming a zero waste environment where everything gets reused, recycled or composted.
We keep electricity use to a minimum as many of our tools are hand operated.
Living a local, plant based lifestyle is also very important to us, we grow most of our own food or buy from local farmers.
If you have any questions about any of our sustainability practices or would like more information, feel free to get in touch!