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Sustainability

On an unshakable path to a sustainable future

We hold ourselves accountable so we can deliver on our promise to always lead a business that is ethical and responsible.

Minimising environmental impact is at the forefront of every decision we make. Planet and people have always and will always come before profit.

We instil sustainability and corporate responsibility into every aspect of our business. From the materials we use in our jewellery to the ecological initiatives we support, care for the environment is part of our DNA.

We’ve taken action from the very beginning so that our impact grows as we do.

 

What we're doing to protect the planet

We are carbon neutral:

We strive to limit the impact our business has on the environment. This is why we’re working hard to reduce or offset our carbon emissions through our entire business and processes. We’re incredibly proud to be Carbon Neutral Certified and verified by the four largest Carbon Certifications worldwide - Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER), UK and EU Emissions Trading Standard (EU & UK ETS) and the United Nations Certified Emissions Reductions (CER) programmes.

One tree planted for every order:

We’re in a lifelong partnership with Ecologi to plant a tree for every order placed on our site. This means our customers are actively contributing to the Eden Reforestation Project, an initiative using mangrove trees to filter carbon and protect the natural habitat of tropical fish.

Did you know? Mangrove trees can absorb three to four times more carbon per acre than other trees in tropical rainforests. This makes them superheroes in the fight against climate change!

Visit our trees here.

Responsibly sourced and ethical raw materials:

Gemstones and precious metals come at a high price to the planet. The lengthy process associated with sourcing and treating them can have catastrophic effects on both the ecosystem and the communities involved in mining them.

This is why we keep a close eye on our supply chain, only working with manufacturers using ethically sourced gemstones and lab-grown, conflict-free diamonds.

More than that, all our sterling silver is 100% recycled, which produces two thirds less CO2 than mined silver.

Recycled Sterling Silver 

As we all know, Silver is a limited resource. The demand for silver is growing rapidly, increasing by 24% over the past 10 years, with the global silver production through mining coming to some 24,000 metric tonnes last year, alone (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)).
Unfortunately, however, mining is one of the major contributors to climate change. Mining emits an eye watering volume of greenhouse gasses and the chemicals used in the process cause dangerous amounts of erosion, contamination to ground-water, soil and surface water, and in turn contributing to a devastating loss of biodiversity. Although this can in no way be reversed, contribution to this can be restricted...
That’s why, here at Milly Grace, we only use 925 Sterling Silver which has been recycled. That means all our sterling silver has had a previous life. Recycled silver is therefore the perfect way to contribute to a circular economy and cut down on our impact on the planet, without compromising the quality and durability of our jewellery.

Plastic-free, eco-friendly packaging:

Mindfully crafted, inside and out. We have reinvented the unboxing experience to guarantee minimal waste. That means all our packaging is either reusable, recycled or recyclable!

Every order you receive will guarantee:

* A paperless dispatch: No unnecessary order forms or return labels are included in your order. Everything is done online!

*No single-use plastic: Plastic? No, thanks. You won’t find it anywhere near our packaging.

*Jewellery cards: All our jewellery cards and boxes are 100% recyclable!

*Compostable labels: Our labels are made from compostable paper. So, once you’ve unwrapped your new Milly Grace, you can watch your labels bloom!

*Long live the pouch: We’re shaving even more off our carbon emissions by swapping small jewellery boxes for organic cotton pouches. These smaller packages are easier to transport, meaning we can fulfil more orders with fewer vans. Good things do come in small packages!

And what we're planning to do next:

We’re working really hard to continue making a positive change to the jewellery industry. We won’t stop until all our metal is 100% recycled. Help us fight the good fight by enrolling in our Recycling Scheme!

 

Our 2022 update 

21,900 trees planted! 

We are so grateful for all of your orders, which have lead to a total of 21,900 trees planted as of April 2022! 

Our partnership with Ecologi means that we go beyond carbon neutrality. Our impact so far from your orders has led to 35.23 tonnes of carbon offset - this is the equivalent to 109 metres2 of sea water saved, 28 long haul flights or 89,887 miles driven in a car.

Visit our trees here.

Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

We began 2021 with 33% of our suppliers being RJC certified. We are so proud that we have now transitioned to 100% of our suppliers being RJC certified. This is kind of a big deal, and we will tell you why…
The RJC holds high standards to work towards a sustainable and responsible jewellery and watch industry. The RJC Code of Practices (COP) is the global standard for ethical responsible supply chains. They undertake robust certification processes which are independently audited, to read more about their extensive standards, visit their website here.

Our Recycling Scheme Progress

We are proud to have now recycled 4.355kg of Sterling Silver via our recycling scheme. We also recycle any deadstock or faulty products that may occur due to a manufacturing defect or a misjudgement with quantity. To take part and receive a £15 gift voucher for contributing, learn more here

Recycled 18ct Gold

Part of our 2021 mission was to transition our products to Recycled 18ct Gold Plating. We are delighted that as of April 2022 49% of our products are now crafted using 100% Recycled 18ct Gold Plating. These pieces include our Ethereal Collection, Healing Gemstone Collection, Chains and our new Cactus and Elephant Huggies. We are very proud of this and will strive to increase this percentage to 60% by 2023 but will not stop until we reach 100%.

Our 2022 Goals

Packaging Recycling Scheme

Our most loyal customers have alerted us that they have an abundance of our organic cotton pouches. We are therefore working towards a solution to recycle our packaging to use again, whilst ensuring that all recycled packaging is clean. We aim to implement this scheme by the end of 2022.

Compostable Jewellery Cards

Our jewellery cards are 100% recyclable, however, we want to improve and move to 100% compostable cards, plus you will be able to plant them and create a beautiful wildflower patch!

Volunteering

We will volunteer bi-annually as a team towards a social or environmental initiative in order to foster a culture of responsibility.

60% Recycled 18ct Gold Plating

As mentioned above, we aim to achieve 60% of our products having 100% Recycled 18ct Gold Plating by 2023.

Keeping us accountable

Transparency is a core principle of our business. It’s important that our customers feel part of open conversations about critical issues. You can join the discussion over on our social media or by emailing your questions and suggestions to hello@millygrace.co.uk

We will continue to share our sustainability journey with our lovely community on this page. Check back soon for updates on our latest green initiatives and milestones.