Ethical Fashion Forum praises Hearts, Andy Lifschutz and Raven + Lily.
A number of pioneering jewellers were recognised last week by the Ethical Fashion Forum for their work around sustainability issues and the environment, with Cred, Hearts, Andy Lifschutz Jewelry and Raven + Lily picking up accolades.
The Ethical Fashion Forum, a not-for-profit group that works on social and environmental sustainability issues within the fashion industry, held its annual awards gala in London on December 4. The Ethical SOURCE Awards recognize excellence in 12 areas from manufacturing to design innovation.
Hearts, a company that upcycles vintage jeweller won the prize for Innovation in Jewellery. Andy Lifschutz Jewelry, an outfit that works with artisans in Botwana, and Raven + Lily – a company that makes exclusive handmade eco-friendly jewellery in the developing world – were the runners up.
British comapny Cred Jeweller was a finalist Brand Leader in Accessories and Footwear. Brand leaders are companies that combine product excellence with best practices as it applies to sustainability.
Cred, which produces engagement and wedding rings and was founded by Greg Valerio in 1996, works directly with miners to develop standards to ensure safe working practices and fair wages, ensure a transparent supply chain of gold and to develop communities and protect the environment. It has contributed more than US$100,000 (£60,000) in Fairtrade premiums to mining communities in Columbia, Peru and Bolivia.