METHODs + MATERIALs
Mountainside's goal is to have a jewelry line that is as environmentally responsible as possible. A few low impact practices which are already in place include sustainably sourced metals, repurposed vintage jewelry parts which are deconstructed and then reused to make one of a kind pieces, and silver and brass for castings are made from recycled melted down metals. Additionally, vintage "deadstock" chains, clasps, and other items are used whenever possible to avoid buying newly created materials. Vintage rags and napkins are always used instead of new or disposable paper towels, and any metal scraps are saved, sorted, and reused. All metals are sourced from reputable companies in the USA and are nickel & lead free. Many of the stones and beads used are repurposed from found pieces as well as being cut, carved, drilled, and polished by hand at a Lapidary studio in Santa Cruz. Mountainside Jewelry is a proud member of the Santa Cruz Gem & Mineral Society.
Online orders are mindfully packaged using eco-friendly materials in an ongoing effort to support sustainability. Packaging is minimal and composed of a paper based alternative to bubble wrap, Padded Mailers made from 100% Recycled materials that can easily be reused or redeposited back into the recycling stream, as well as 'Cello Carton Sealing Tape' instead of plastic tape, which is entirely plant-derived, renewable, and naturally biodegradable. Plastic bags or bubble wrap is sometimes reused from supply shipment packaging. Please reuse or regift your jewelry boxes and bags!