Consumers and society in on the whole has begun to consider more closely their purchases and their impacts. The economy has influenced the market, but so has social awareness. Now more than ever, consumers are interested in where their purchases are coming from and who they affect. Often times our purchases have larger implications and repercussions than we may even realize at the time. With environmental degradation at an all time high, people are much more willing than ever before to throw down a few more dollars on products that have social and environmental benefits. Handmade and recycled goods are getting much more attention than they used to. They are no longer seen as cheap, but as inexpensive and beneficial to the environment and to peoples’ lives.
Jewelry permeates almost all societies. In most places jewelry is an expression of art and culture. They are not paid fairly and often have to work unheard of hours in a factory that offers them little benefit and a low wage. For this reason, jewelry consumers are turning to Fair Trade Jewelry. Fair Trade Jewelry is often made sustainably and more importantly, Fair Trade jewelry is true to its name. The trade between the buyer and seller is fair. The producers get what they deserve for their labor and the goods.
Socially conscious jewelry doesn’t have to look any less glamorous than any other types of jewelry. Many people are under the impression that Fair trade and recycled jewelry often uses durable metals like sterling silver. Fair trade offers many styles including Sterling silver jewelry. To be more environmentally conscious, some brands will create new jewelry by melting down metal from necklaces, rings, and bracelets that have an outdated style. The metal is melted down and then redesigned for today’s hottest trends! Exploitation of workers and especially factory workers is still occurring today, but by endorsing and purchasing products that are homemade, locally bought, fair traded, or recycled we can lessen that negative impact.