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WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN?

 

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it’s “the quality of causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time”.

Earth Overshoot day fell on 22 August this year (2020). It marks the day that humanity’s demand for the natural resources exceeds what our Earth can regenerate in the year. Trying to live sustainably means trying to meet our own needs, without compromising the needs of our future generations. 

 

At mlsea, we are striving towards being sustainable every step of the way.

MATERIALS 

 

Our pieces are made using ecosilver, and seaglass that has been hand-picked by our team (and when I say team, I mean me and my boyfriend) or YOU (if it’s a bespoke piece). 

 

PACKAGING

 

Our packaging comes without frills. Depending on the size of your order, it will either come in a 100% recyclable and biodegradable envelope or box. Your pieces are wrapped in 100% recycled and recyclable tissue paper, and even our tape is plastic-free and recyclable. 

AND SOCIAL JUSTICE? 

 

An old term, dating back to as early as the 1780’s, Social justice is fairness as it manifests in society. The aim is to create a fair and equal society in which everyone matters, their rights are recognised and protected within healthcare, employment and housing (to name a few), and decisions within society are made without bias. 

 

At mlsea, we are trying to be the change, and live with social justice at the core of everything we do. 

 

EDUCATION 

 

By reading articles and books, by watching films and documentaries and by speaking with friends and family, I am continually educating myself on ways I can meaningfully support social justice movements 

 

ACTION 

 

Showing up. Marching. Writing letters. Getting it wrong. Eating less meat. Re-learning. Un-learning. Not buying fast fashion. Getting it right. Getting it wrong again. There are many small and big everyday actions that I am doing to work towards justice. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA & JOURNAL POSTS

 

Sharing! The internet is a vortex of information and resources. I share posts and thoughts about social justice movements, and I hope to start writing about causes I feel passionately about too (watch this space). 

 

DONATIONS 

 

I want to support and champion people, organisations and charities that are working towards social justice. I pledge 20% of my profits to social justice charities and funds. This is done on a monthly basis. So far I have donated to...

 

KLG Fund - “The fund is a no-strings attached financial support to help the selected Black Jewellers in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black Jewellers; not politically black, not POC or BAME.” 

 

Intersectional Environmentalist - The term ‘intersectional’ has been more commonly used within Feminism. To talk about intersectional environmentalism, is to talk about the intersection between advocating for the planet, and for the people in it. “It brings injustice done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality.”

British Red Cross - Beirut Emergency Appeal - The impact of the explosion in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon was devastating - people died, families became homeless and livelihoods were destroyed. Working closely with the Lebanese Red Cross, I chose to donate to the British Red Cross who were part of the immediate response team.

Image by Peter Fogden
Image by Peter Fogden

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