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Protecting the environment is a major part of the Renee Isabella business ethic. We take our environmental impact as very important. We have created a business that minimises the impact that the jewellery retail industry has on the environment and continue to work hard to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Some basics, it is well known that gold mining is one of the dirtiest, most environmentally destructive industries in the world. For example, it takes for each 6 grams of gold, the processing of over 1000 KG's of ore is necessary - which can be responsible for contaminating drinking water, destroying traditional livelihoods and displaces indigenous communities.
Irresponsible mining harms the reputation of retailers and manufacturers of products that use gold the world over. We don't have the power to change practices of major mining companies or force global policy change. However, we can change what we control.
Instead of having 'virgin' gold mined, we recondition jewellery, assay them and pass the saving, both in environmental and price terms, to the customer.
We save perfectly viable jewellery from being refined, saving much more CO2 than is generated from reconditioning jewellery.
Hence, we do the following in the way we work and as part of our environmental strategy: