In light of World Environment Day, we'd thought we'd talk about how we are doing our part to encourage awareness and protect our planet. Each year means a new theme and a new city to host the celebrations. Today it is taking place in New Delhi, India with the goal of beating plastic pollution. Every year we throw away enough plastic to circle the Earth four times, with most of that waste ending up in our oceans. While it may seem impossible to cut out all plastics, small changes can make huge impacts. We have began the process of eliminating plastic bags used to ship our jewelry. It's a win-win; we have found cuter alternatives- such as hand painted cardboard boxes and printed cloth bags- and reduced plastic waste.
Another way we are striving to be an environmentally sustainable company is by the products we buy. By purchasing products from other like-minded suppliers, we can ensure that environmental conscientious flows through out our supply chain.
While all of these may seem trivial or boring, this topic is something I have become very passionate about. One of the main reasons I want to dedicate my career to sustainability is because I genuinely love our planet, am in constant awe of it's beauty and so deeply care about it’s health. I believe the Lord has given us this incredible gift of creation and so it is our duty to protect it. I don't know about you, but when I am surrounded by nature— whether that be hiking a mountain, sitting on a sandy beach watching the waves crash in, spending time at a lake, or walking around Shelby Farms— I feel closer to God.
I am reminded that He created these beautiful things and yet loves me so much more than all of those things. I want my children, my children's children, and their children after that to be able to enjoy creation with all of the joy and adventure that comes along with it. I wholeheartedly believe that this starts with me. This means choosing reusable bags instead of plastic, recycling whenever possible and most of all educating others on what will happen to our world if nothing changes.