Sustainability

Seeking eco-friendly solutions and striving for sustainability is something I'm intentional about. Here are the things I'm doing:

Product

  • I retain and reuse 95% of my glass supply. What doesn't become jewelry for sale is saved for prototypes and one-of-a-kind pieces. Pieces that don't "work" are saved to be repurposed later.
  • The Rally Collection uses factory-rendered recycled glass colored with natural oxides.
  • I use my own recycled household glass for test designs and in 2022 I plan to offer a full jewelry collection made from it. Plus, all the Glass Giving Garden Project flowers are made from this glass.
  • Many metal elements are made from recycled and reclaimed metals, including ring bands, Torus Bracelet hooks, and silver 2" earring bar drops.
  • Cork cord (used for bolos and the Torus line) is sustainable, eco-friendly and cork has a ton of cool natural features that make it a stellar, long-lasting material. Read further here and here.
  • Leather bolo cord is either natural (no dye) or black 'natural-dyed' (a process which uses less dye and energy and results in a softer cord).
  • While I hope you love your KK jewelry for many years, if your piece is showing wear or you're just not feeling it anymore, you have options:
    • Pass the piece along for someone else to enjoy!
    • Remove non-glass elements yourself, then place the glass in household recycling. (Heads-up: Removing the metal elements can be tough; I recommend the previous two options.)
  • I buy as local as I can, every moment I can. Every element of my bolo ties and statement rings is made in the USA.

    Packaging

    • My tissue paper is printed on recycled, sustainable paper with soy ink (kinder to the environment than traditional inks).
    • Earring cards, product care cards and other printed marketing materials are printed on paper made from recycled paper and are "uncoated" (not shiny) making them extra recycling-friendly.
    • The packing peanuts I use are biodegradable and compostable. They dissolve in water, leaving no toxic trace. 
    • Shipping boxes, padded envelopes, and shipping labels are made from 100% recycled materials, and are recyclable and biodegradable. Boxes and envelopes are brown "kraft" paper to make them broadly recycling-friendly. 
    • I save and reuse shipping materials. If you receive bubble wrap or a gently used box, it means I received those materials from a vendor and am giving them extended use rather than sending them straight to the landfill. I'd love for you to do the same!

    Operations

    • The Katie Kismet World Domination Headquarters (aka my studio) uses 100% Texas wind power to keep the lights on and the kiln firing. 🔥
    • I use cloth flour sack towels in place of disposable paper towels. One reusable towel replaces at least 10-20 paper towels every single production day and only needs laundering a few times a year.
    • Containers, storage, and most of my retail displays and furniture have come from our own household use or were thrifted or upcycled from previous owners. Even my kiln is enjoying its second life with me!
    • I work where I live—one less location and no commute.

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