METHODs + MATERIALs
Mountainside's goal is to have a jewelry line that is as environmentally and socially responsible as possible. A few low impact practices which are already in place include sustainably sourced metals, ethical production practices, and repurposing vintage jewelry parts which are deconstructed and then reused to make one of a kind pieces. We use recycled sterling silver, brass and 14k gold, which helps conserve energy and minimizes environmental impact and any metal scraps are saved, sorted, and reused. All jewelry is handmade in California and metals are sourced from reputable companies in the USA and are nickel & lead free. All stones used are natural rather than synthetic, they come from the earth and no plastics or other hazardous materials are used in the jewelry. Most stones come from reliable sources such as local rock shops, local gem dealers, found materials, or companies with supply chain transparency. 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 work shop. Mountainside Jewelry is a proud member of the Santa Cruz Gem & Mineral Society and the Ethical Metalsmiths alliance.
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, boxes or 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. The paper packing tape features solvent-free adhesive and is SFI Certified (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). The kraft backing is made from renewable resources and the tape core is recyclable with mixed papers. Plastic bags or bubble wrap are sometimes reused from supply shipment packaging. Please reuse or regift your jewelry boxes and bags!