There is good news and bad news. The bad first: Each European consumes an average of 14 tons of resources per year and produces an average of 5 tons of waste. All humans together create as much as 100 billion tons. The good news is that this does not mean that these resources will inevitably be used up, nor does it mean that the waste will have to be stored forever in recycling centers, in the sea or even in outer space. That's what the circular economy is for.
This is not a new invention. Let's just say: In the course of history, it was forgotten that raw materials are finite and that we should not only take care of ourselves, but also of the environment. Actually, it is the only logical thing to do: If there is little of a raw material, then of course you don't want to waste any of it, so you try to use it as sparingly as possible; and if possible, of course, you also try to recycle the raw material as soon as you have used it. Repair, recycle, reuse. So much for the basics. But slowly.
Linear economy or circular economy?
Since the industrial revolution, that is, since the time when people were still insanely happy when masses of pitch-black smoke came out somewhere, the linear economy has been in vogue. You make something, then you use it; when it breaks, you throw it away. A straight line: out of the shop and into the recycling center. This kind of consumption is a dangerous one-way street toward uncontrolled climate change.
If everything continues like this:
If we don't rethink our consumption and stick with Linear Economy, the Earth's temperature will increase by 4-6 degrees Celsius over the next 20 years, according to calculations by Circle Economy's Circularity Gap Report. Emissions will rise to 65 billion tons of Co2 by 2030. And even if all countries adhere to the agreements of the Paris Climate Treaty, the Earth will warm by 3.2 degrees by 2030.
If we focus on circular economy:
Circular economy means: use of regenerative energies, extension of the usability of products and recycling of waste. If circular economy solutions are applied to these scenarios, it shows: Global warming can stay below 2 degrees Celsius until 2030! But: the Circulatity Report 2020 has shown that only 8.6% of the economy is circular. So something has to be done!
What can you do?
Second Hand Shopping
Probably the easiest way to rethink consumption is second hand shopping. There are countless platforms that can help you either give your unworn clothes a new life or buy you new, used clothes.
At Maren Jewellery we work together with Unown. This is a company where you can rent fashion, jewellery and all kinds of treasures. So you get the benefits of a constantly changing selection of clothes, without the disadvantage of linear consumption. Win Win!
Before you throw something away, you can think about whether there's something more in it. The classic: mustard jars as water glasses or yogurt pots as flower pots. But I'm sure you can think of many more creative ways to make more out of your "waste" than garbage.
What are we doing at Maren Jewellery?
At Maren Jewellery, we use only recycled precious metals in our jewelry: 18 karat recycled gold, white and yellow gold, and recycled 925 sterling silver. (Have a look, at our Urban Mining Journal.)
Synthetische Eco Diamonds
Our diamonds come from the laboratory. This not only ensures that the origin of the gemstones is always well known, we also know that they are as pure as their natural counterparts. (You can read more about this in the Journal article Eco Synthetic Diamonds.)
Our packaging is environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable. (Have a look at our Packaging Journal vorbei.)
Designed for Deconstruction
Our jewelry should belong to you, always be a part of you and accompany you throughout your life. But what if your taste changes and you suddenly don't like your favorite piece anymore? No problem. Because we only use pure precious metal, all Maren Jewellery pieces can be melted down again and reassembled.
Made For You
Your jewelry should only belong to you. That's why it is only produced when you order it. This saves valuable resources and every piece of jewelry is unique. Just like you.
Written by: Moritz Hackl
Moritz is a copywriter, blogger and journalist living in Munich.
More than anything else, he likes to write about the beautiful things in life -
such as about sustainable jewellery.