Sadly, it is also very apparent how much other waste is washed up on our shores and unfortunately, much of this is now plastic that will not degrade, having a long-term impact on the health of these ecosystems.
I believe that we all have a responsibility to take care of our planet and that by each playing our part in our small part of the world, together can we can make big changes that have an impact for future generations.
To this end, I am endeavouring to be socially responsible and have a positive impact on the environments that I use. Whilst out looking for sea glass I often carry an extra bag to collect items of rubbish, preventing them from doing further damage and either recycle or dispose of accordingly.
It is important to me that despite additional costs, ‘Heart of Glass’ reflects this ethos so I am aiming to use sustainable and eco-friendly materials whenever possible. For example; the ring boxes I have sourced for my packaging are made from recycled card and the paper straw packaging within the box is also recyclable. Much of the silver I use is ‘Eco Silver’ which is 100% recycled silver and classed as the green/sustainable alternative to traditional sources. The quality of this silver is the same but rather than being mined, it comes from man-made items such as; medical equipment, electronics, giftware and scrap jewellery.
I hope that if we all play our small part in looking after the environment then future generations will be able to continue to enjoy the beauty and richness of our precious island and the world beyond.