There are ethical jewelry brands that dedicate themselves to thoughtful sourcing, fair wages, and give-back initiatives that truly have an impact. Be it a thoughtful addition to our own wardrobe, or a sustainable gift for our loved ones, jewelry is an accessory that we can (and do) cherish for a lifetime.
Here is our top pick of ethical earrings for those with style. Each one of these brands does incredible work — whether it’s sustainably ending cycles of poverty through employment, upholding traditional craft techniques, or sourcing fair-mined gold and other materials, there’s a brand here that matches your standards.
Handmade and fairtrade brass, made by Bombolulu, a fairtrade social business in Kenya that provides opportunities for people who have physical disabilities. £12, peopletree.co.uk
Bio cellulose acetate is used to handcraft their jewellery, which is 100% recycled ocean plastic that is handcrafted in Denmark. They use zero-waste packaging, too. £42, aym-store.com
The first jewellery label to work with tech company Provenance, which allows for complete transparency in their production process, from recycled metals to the casting house and the recycled packaging they use. £85, anuka-jewellery.com
These jewellery designs are handmade to order by a team of three at their south London studio, ensuring a zero-waste policy. £98, Ruby Jack at youngbritishdesigners.com
Made responsibly with little impact on the environment, using fairtrade gold, recycled silver, reclaimed marble and conflict-free diamonds. £195, completedworks.com
LITTLE BY LITTLE
This brand donates funds to Luminary Bakery, which helps disadvantaged women build their future, and have transparent and responsible supply chains in order to make a positive impact through production. £115, littlebylittlejewellery.com
BPA-free resin developed from a by-product of the oil industry is used to create these earrings. £185, dinosaurdesigns.co.uk
Made locally in Hatton Garden, London, from sterling silver, 10% of online sales will be donated to Refuge. £185, alighieri.co.uk
Earrings made from recycled silver and resin made out of waste materials from paper and pulp production. £178, barjewellery.com
Sustainable, cruelty-free and discarded materials like recycled glass are used to produce upcycled designs and plastic-free recycled packaging. £229, thecled.com
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