Easy and unexpected radish recipes

April 5, 2021 by  
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If you’ve always considered the humble radish as a garnish, an afterthought or a minor player in salads, these radish recipes may surprise you. Late winter to spring is the best time for this vegetable. Here are a few things to do with those radishes you might find in your yard, your community supported agriculture box or product section at the grocery store. But first, a few radish fun facts. Radish 101 This undervalued root vegetable was a common crop in ancient Egypt, and probably originated in the eastern Mediterranean, China and Middle Asia. Ancient Greeks prized the vegetable , making small gold radish replicas. Radishes were one of the first crops that Spaniards tried out in the New World. They took to the soil, too — probably not surprisingly, as the vegetable’s name derived from rephanos, a Greek word meaning “easily reared.” Related: Grow and eat healthy spring radishes Radish roots are pink because of a pigment called anthocyanin. Their spicy flavor comes from the volatile alkaloid isothiocyanate. Radishes are full of antioxidants, such as pyrogallol, catechin and vanillic acid. These vegetables have practically no calories — only 15 in a 3-ounce serving, but they contain 30% of your vitamin C RDA and 20% of the RDA for calcium. Just think, one 15-ounce radish smoothie, and you have enough calcium to go on for a day. Joking! Don’t worry, these recipes are going to be better than a radish smoothie. How to cook radish greens “Don’t toss those radish tops!” said Kristina Todini, a registered dietitian and author of the Fork in the Road website. Instead, Todini promotes curbing food waste by sautéing radish greens for a wilted greens side dish. This is what she calls “Root to stem cooking at its finest.” Plus, you’ll get a good dose of vitamins K, A and C. While the stems are technically edible, most people find them unpleasantly tough. So cut at the end of the stems where the softer leaves begin. Because radishes grow in the dirt , the greens will need an extra-thorough wash to get the grit off. The soft leaves will cook quickly and reduce to about one-third of their original size. Add garlic, pepper and olive oil, and radish greens will taste similar to chard or other more familiar greens. Braised radishes Star chef Grant Achatz shared his recipe for honey mustard braised radishes and mustard greens with Food and Wine . Between the horseradish, Dijon mustard and the greens themselves, this one will be a spicy hit for mustard lovers. Of course, the entire stick of butter also enhances the taste and renders that above clause about 15-calorie radishes null and void. Vegans can substitute Earth Balance or similar in this recipe. Roasted radishes Roasted radishes are extremely versatile. This recipe from Real and Vibrant tosses oven-roasted radishes with garlic, lemon juice and fresh herbs. Roasted radishes make a good side dish at lunch or dinner. In salads, they pair well with balsamic vinaigrette or lemon tahini. Slice some up and serve on homemade bread for the best radish sandwich ever. Radishes complement pasta This recipe for roasted radish lemony chickpea pasta is both gluten-free and vegan and comes from Cotter Crunch , the website of nutrition specialist Lindsay Cotter. If you’re not gluten-sensitive, you could substitute any old pasta. Olives add extra flavor, but the lemony herb sauce is probably the best part of this roasted radish recipe. The sauce combines garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, onion and spices like sage or tarragon. This is a perfect light meal for summer or springtime. Quick-pickled radish Sure, you can use cucumbers to make pickles. But a jar of pickled radishes makes a more original snack or gift . If you go for a pickled watermelon radish recipe, you’ll have the prettiest pickles ever. A Beautiful Mess gives easy instructions for making quick-pickled radishes at home. All you need is water, white vinegar, salt, sugar and a jar to put them in. Oh, and your radishes, of course. You can make these pickles overnight and they’ll last for up to a month. Make them extra fancy with some whole pink peppercorns or sprigs of dill. Snack on sweet radish chips Pinch of Yum describes its recipe for cinnamon sugar radish chips as spicy, earthy, warm, a little bitter but still sweet at the same time. Intrigued? This recipe takes less than an hour from slicing the radishes to putting the finished product in your mouth, so give it a try. You’ll need olive oil, honey, cinnamon sugar and radishes. Vegans could try subbing agave syrup or molasses for the honey. You just bathe sliced radishes in this mixture and bake them on a cookie sheet. Radishes for dessert Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more unexpected, Veggie Desserts has a recipe for vegan cinnamon ice cream topped with radishes. True, if you’re used to eating delicious ice cream with mix-ins like peanut butter cups and Oreos, this healthy dessert recipe might be a hard sell. But don’t knock it until you try it. The ice cream is made from three frozen bananas and a teaspoon of cinnamon. The topping requires five radishes, a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of maple syrup. Images via Adobe Stock

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Cadence: magnetic travel capsules made of plastic waste from beach cleanups

March 22, 2021 by  
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Made from recycled, ocean-bound plastic, the Cadence magnetic, refillable containers offer a sustainable, convenient and stylish solution to single-use travel bottles. From shampoo to vitamins and skincare to jewelry, the customizable, honeycomb-shaped capsules stick together magnetically to keep everything organized in your travel bag. Perhaps the best part? Cadence uses a proprietary blend of recycled plastic specially designed to keep products secure and fresh. According to the company, at least 9 billion single-use travel containers and 6 billion silicone travel bottles will find their way to beaches and landfills throughout our lifetimes. Even worse, 80% of plastic on beaches ends up in the oceans , polluting ecosystems and harming wildlife. Related: The Ocean Cleanup launches sunglasses made from ocean plastic Cadence works with partner Envision Plastics, which employs local communities to collect plastic from beaches around the world. Today, the Cadence containers are made using 50% recycled material blended from ocean-bound plastic and reused scrap plastic from its own production, though it plans to bring that number up soon. The young company has assembled a team dedicated to finding the best way to create capsules made of 100% recycled plastic while keeping the product reusable and durable. Recycled ocean plastic aside, what sets these capsules apart from other travel containers is the fact that they are strong enough to be thrown around in your suitcase yet fashionable enough to look good on your desk or bathroom counter. The containers are designed to hold 16 milliliters/0.56 ounces of product and come in three colors: terracotta, lavender and sand. They are BPA-free , guaranteed leak-proof, dishwasher-safe and TSA-compliant as well. Buyers can choose a customized magnetic label when they purchase or choose from one of the preset icons or labels available (“cleaner,” “hand cream,” etc.). Each capsule is priced at $14, with the option to customize your own label for an additional $3. The company also offers discounts on preset bundles of six or seven. + Cadence Images via Cadence

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Sustainable mobility drives the newest employee perk

March 15, 2021 by  
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Sustainable mobility drives the newest employee perk Katie Fehrenbacher Mon, 03/15/2021 – 00:05 This article originally appeared in the State of Green Business 2021. You can download the entire report here . San Francisco Bay Area biotech giant Genentech is a world leader in making medicines for diseases such as cancer and cystic fibrosis; it’s even trialing one of its medicines for helping treat COVID-19. It’s safe to say that the company, a division of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, isn’t officially in the transportation business. But over the past few years, the company has aggressively built out an electric commuter shuttle program for its employees, as well as developed other sustainable mobility offerings such as easy access to carpooling, transit services and ferry lines. The goal: Move the more than 10,000 employees that normally commute to its South San Francisco campus (pre-pandemic) with the lowest carbon footprint possible, and offer its traveling salesforce across the country access to EVs. Why? One big reason — rising in importance at companies across the globe — is employee engagement. “It matters to our employees,” said Andy Jefferson, Genentech’s director of transportation, at the VERGE 20 conference in October. Retaining the best talent is crucial to Genentech’s ability to stay ahead with biotech innovation. Enabling employees to make sustainable choices about their commutes and transportation is the latest perk it can offer to an elite workforce. And Genentech isn’t the only one. Enabling employees to make sustainable choices about their commutes and transportation is the latest perk a company can offer to an elite workforce. Companies around the world, from Sweden’s Inkga Group (the holding company for the IKEA retail chain) to Clif Bar (with operations in the Bay Area and Twin Falls, Idaho) are developing sustainable mobility offerings for employees. These programs can include an array of services, from on-campus EV chargers, access to carpooling programs, financial incentives for buying bikes, e-bikes and EVs, and — for the lucky few — rides to and from work in electric buses. For most companies, tackling the carbon emissions associated with employee travel is a big part of the decision to offer these perks. For Inkga Group, 15 percent of the company’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, a combination of employee and customer travel as well as goods delivery. IKEA is developing plans to halve its emissions from customer and employee travel, and is piloting a program to better help its 160,000 coworkers carpool together.  But attracting and retaining employees remains a solid byproduct of overarching corporate sustainability goals. “A significant part of our employees are under 25, and we want to attract the best talent on the market. So we need to figure out how to get people to us,” said IKEA Head of Sustainability Angela Hultberg at VERGE 20. Nonprofits such as The Climate Group are increasingly working with these companies to help set goals around EVs. Genentech, Inka Group and Clif Bar are all members of the EV100, a group of companies that have pledged to deploy EV chargers on campuses and, when possible, convert vehicle fleets to electric. So far, 92 companies have joined the EV100, representing major growth from the program’s launch three years ago. Another driving force behind the growth in corporate sustainable mobility programs is evolving consumer and political sentiment. Most Americans agree that global warming is happening, and the Biden administration is touting the most ambitious climate agenda in American history. Transportation emissions are the single largest source of greenhouse gases in the United States, and American cities, and some states such as California, are making big moves, including phasing out or banning fossil-fuel vehicles altogether.  Companies with many employees commuting to their campuses also have learned that it’s smart to work closely with cities on the most sustainable ways to move hoards of workers to campuses. Their quality of life rises and the air gets cleaner. In communities when fewer single-occupancy vehicles are on the roads, there’s less traffic and shorter commute times. Then there’s the advancing technology of electric vehicles, one of the leading solutions for slashing transportation emissions. The costs of the batteries that power EVs continue to drop, making electric vehicles cheaper, and global automakers including Volkswagen, General Motors and Daimler are investing billions of dollars into electrifying vehicle lines. Years ago, an electric commuter bus would be far too expensive for a company such as Genentech to invest in, let alone own and operate dozens of them. But as battery prices plummet, electric buses actually can save companies money on fuel and maintenance costs over time. The ubiquity of mobile computing, social networks and big data is also playing a role in new sustainable mobility services. Carpooling startup Scoop has developed an app that offers companies a way to help employees strategically carpool with coworkers and neighbors and even provide back-up rides with ride-hailing ones from Lyft. Scoop says it is America’s largest carpooling app and works with 15 percent of the Fortune 100, including LinkedIn, Samsung and Rakuten. Rakuten HR Business Partner Elva Huang provides a testimonial for the app: “Building community and offering unique programs is the best way to attract and retain great talent. Scoop helps us provide our employees with an organic and genuine way to connect with one another on a shared experience.” Of course, like much in 2020, COVID-19 has upended how employees travel to work. Many are working from home for the foreseeable future, transportation emissions unexpectedly have dropped and public transit, in particular, has seen a disturbing decline in ridership. A silver lining of the shift to remote work has been an increasing reliance and interest in telecommuting. Expect some key aspects of this trend to remain in place after employees return to offices, including significantly reduced business air travel and an increase in video conference calls. In 2021, companies will continue to leverage the sustainability and efficiency boosts of working from home, at least much more than pre-COVID.  Some policymakers are even looking to codify such COVID-era sustainable transport trends into new mandates and goals. The San Francisco region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently proposed developing sustainable commute targets for companies that have more than 50 employees. But eventually, as vaccines are widely deployed, employees across the globe will return to workplaces in greater numbers. It’s now the role of forward-looking companies — and their transportation leaders — to lean into sustainable mobility offerings for employees to enable their transition back in the greenest way possible. Pull Quote Enabling employees to make sustainable choices about their commutes and transportation is the latest perk a company can offer to an elite workforce. 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Behind the coming ESG disclosure explosion

January 28, 2021 by  
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Behind the coming ESG disclosure explosion Jean Haggerty Thu, 01/28/2021 – 01:00 This analysis of ESG and sustainable finance issues originally appeared in GreenFin Weekly, our free email newsletter. Sign up here . As we begin another year of what’s being referred to in climate circles as the “decade to deliver,” it is being defined by ESG, driven by shareholders and aided by new disclosure requirements on climate risk and human capital management.  “The bottom line is that businesses now actively compete for capital based on ESG performance, and that competition needs to be open, fair and transparent,” Allison Herren Lee, acting chair of the Securities and Exchange Commissioner, said .  A lot of the information that investors want is not included in company financial filings or sustainability reports, which in the U.S. currently rely on voluntary ESG reporting standards and frameworks, said Anne Simpson, managing investment director for board governance and sustainability at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. pension fund. As a general matter, U.S. companies would be wise to take note of ESG developments in Europe. European Union legislation on sustainability reporting and disclosures far exceeds what the U.S. has in place, and European Central Bank regulations on ESG are in the process of being implemented.  With a little help from my — shareholders?  Companies need to take stock of what investors are telling them and devoting their time and energy to enhancing their ESG reporting, said Hannah Orowitz, senior managing director at Georgeson, which provides strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups. This needs to be done before completing a sustainability report and keeping in mind that ESG factors directly influence investors’ proxy voting decisions. Every company needs a climate transition plan based on Climate Action 100+ benchmarks , added Andrew Behar, CEO of the shareholder advocacy nonprofit As You Sow.  Several officials expect a pivotal 2021 shareholder season. According to Tomas Otterström, KPMG’s partner and head of responsible investment and sustainability services in Finland and Sweden, climate change, biodiversity and diversity/inclusion issues appear to be this year’s top proxy issues globally. In the U.S., racial equity, political spending and policy influence activity influence also will factor highly.  The bottom line is that businesses now actively compete for capital based on ESG performance, and that competition needs to be open, fair and transparent. As U.S. companies become more willing to make substantial changes to their policies and practices, the expectation is that fewer engagements will need to be escalated to shareholder resolutions. “The companies that listen and follow shareholders’ advice are reducing risk and will outperform over time — that’s why companies are becoming more receptive” to addressing ESG issues, Behar said.  “Companies need to realize that shareholders that engage them and escalate to file resolutions are their best friends. We are showing them ways to reduce risk, improve brand recognition, attract the best and the brightest and generally be more competitive … Shareholder advocacy is like a McKinsey for free.” Already, some companies, such as Union Pacific Railroad and the online travel provider Bookings Holdings, are being asked to put their carbon transition plans to a vote at their 2021 annual general meetings, according to Rob Berridge, director of shareholder engagement at Ceres.  The regs are coming Often, ESG investment strategies end up more closely aligning the objectives of a company with those of its long-term institutional investors. Essentially, three forms of capital are long-term drivers of value and sources of risk — financial, physical and human capital. To properly access risks requires complete, accurate and reliable information. “That starts with public company disclosure and financial firm reporting and extends into our oversight of various fiduciaries and others. Investors also need this information so they can protect their investments and drive capital toward meeting their goals of a sustainable economy,” SEC commissioner Lee told the Institute on Securities Regulation Conference in November.  All indications are that mandatory climate risk disclosure requirements for public companies are on the way. The Biden administration’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement cements this view. For countries to meet their Paris targets, they’ll need companies to transition toward net-zero goals and to measure progress using standardized, auditable and reliable corporate data.  Going global But measure how? The proposal by the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation to create a new sustainable standards board is the leading pathway to making climate disclosure mandatory, Mark Carney , former governor of the Bank of England and current United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, said in a comment letter .  Others that commented on the IFRS Foundation’s consultation overwhelmingly supported the formation of a sustainability standards board. In their comments, many also highlighted the extent of the IFRS’s reach; the organization’s financial reporting standards are mandatory in 144 countries. Carbon Tracker Initiative pointed out that putting a sustainability standards board under the same umbrella as the International Accounting Standards Board, housed within IFRS, would help integrate sustainability and financial reporting.  There’s no shortage of prep work on how a sustainability standards board might operate. For example, there’s the paper by five leading NGOs on how their voluntary frameworks, standards and platforms could be used together, and another seminal white paper on converging the various ESG reporting standards. Companies need to realize that shareholders that engage them and escalate to file resolutions are their best friends. U.S. companies’ reporting on sustainability has been coalescing around the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Sustainability Accounting Standard Board’s (SASB) reporting frameworks.  According to Steven Nichols, head of ESG capital markets for the Americas at BofA Securities, the investment banking arm of Bank of America, many companies are setting annual goals and measuring their progress on ESG metrics such as those related to climate risk. A new Conference Board report on corporate disclosure and performance data across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific found that major corporations last year increased their sustainability disclosures in key areas, including climate-risk reporting, human rights and water stress exposure.  Eyeing Europe Under European Central Bank guidelines , which at this stage are non-binding, European banks must get their climate risk disclosures together this year. The ECB will be reviewing banks’ practices next year, with a view to conducting stress tests on climate risk next year.  At French investment bank Natixis, credit decision-makers already use two sets of indicators — one that looks at the environmental impact of a transaction and another that estimates the profitability of that transaction after taking into account material environmental impacts.  Natixis’ internal capital allocation tool, the Green Weighting Factor, already is changing origination. “A few years ago, environmental issues were not discussed in the credit process. Today, it’s a systematic part of the decision,” Karen Degouve, head of sustainable business development at Natixis, said.  Perhaps its greatest impact so far, however, has been the effect on the level of strategic dialogue the bank is having with clients, she added. Because the tool has been used internally only since September 2019, it is too early to say if it is changing client behavior, too. 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Eco-friendly holiday gifts your partner will love

December 14, 2020 by  
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If you’re a fan of Inhabitat, chances are your partner supports sustainable living as well! If not, what better time than the holidays to introduce your special someone to one or two of this year’s best eco-friendly products? Use our 2020 guide to the best holiday  gifts  for partners. Kimaï Jewelry Celebrating a special anniversary or ready to pop the question this holiday season?  Kimaï Jewelry  offers the perfect solution to unethically sourced minerals with its lab-grown diamonds and 18K recycled gold. Kimai diamonds are completely physically and chemically identical to the ones that come from the mining industry, making them a win for affordability and better treatment of the planet. Related: Where to find eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings Comfy, sustainable underwear Perhaps the best part of buying sustainable underwear? Those eco-friendly fabrics, like organic cotton , are always extra comfortable. Support companies like  TomboyX , which sources its material from OEKO-TEX 100 certified cotton (free from harsh or environmentally harmful chemicals) and provides inclusive sizes from XS-4X by fit-testing on all body types. Another one of our favorites is  Boodywear , made from organic, toxin-free bamboo plants. Bedding Snuggle up to your sweetie in bedding made of soft, sustainable material . Many of us are familiar with the popular  Avocado  organic bedding and eucalyptus sheets from  Buffy , but there are also plenty of lesser-known companies.  SOL Organics , for example, takes an ethical approach to its bedding, which is organic, fair trade-certified and tested for harmful substances. Eco-friendly eyewear An important accessory many of us use every day, eyewear doesn’t have to be made from unsustainable materials.  Bôhten Eyewear  makes lightweight handmade frames that are sourced from sustainable materials in Africa like Zebrawood, Walnut, Ebony and Maple wood carbon fiber veneer. The company even makes blue light filtering lenses that protect your eyes from harmful blue light exposure. You can also check out 100% biodegradable sunglasses from  Pela Vision . Proud Pour Wines In September, Inhabitat  reviewed  a wine company that uses a portion of its proceeds to benefit 22 different environmental nonprofits that do everything from protecting bees and wild oysters to sea turtle and coral reef  conservation . As the holidays approach,  Proud Pour Wines  should definitely stay on your radar. Bring a bottle or two to family dinner or gift your partner a starter pack, which includes three different bottles of wine supporting reefs (Rosé), oysters (Sauvignon Blanc) and bees (Pinot Noir). After you make a purchase, the company buys carbon offsets for your shipment. Loungewear A lesson in  sustainable fashion , Canadian-based  Kotn  uses direct trade to source raw ingredients straight from farmers (without the use of middlemen) to provide customers with fair prices that reflect quality and provide farmers with better prices and ethical business practices. The loungewear is made from authentic Egyptian Giza cotton, and proceeds help fund quality children’s education in the farming communities where the company sources its material. Sneakers For footwear lovers, there’s been no shortage of fun sneakers made from sustainable materials in 2020.  Allbirds , shoes made from eucalyptus wood pulp and Merino Wool are always a popular option, but you can also find amazing vegan footwear options at  Cariuma  or even fashion shoes made from  upcycled algae . Hobby classes Give the gift of knowledge with a subscription to unlimited online hobby classes by  Brit+Co  for just $10, or opt for more traditional educational courses from  Coursera  (where some classes can even be exchanged for college course credit). Masterclass ($15 a month billed annually) is also a fun idea, with online classes taught by some of the greatest minds in everything from arts and entertainment to cooking and sports. Book a staycation Choose a gift that benefits both of you by booking a staycation through Airbnb or Glampinghub. With coronavirus likely restricting travel well into 2021, opting for a vacation close to home is the way to go this year. Even better, an outdoor  camping  trip offers a great way to disconnect from the rest of the world while enjoying nature and staying safely socially distanced. Ethical cashmere sweater Cashmere is a natural fabric , made from a type of goat that produces fine, soft wool that is usually shorn off about twice a year. Unfortunately, cashmere goats are often mistreated due to the high value of the fiber, and an uptick in production has created grazing pressure leading to the degradation of native grasslands, so seeking out a company that produces sustainable and ethical cashmere is important. Naadam sources directly from Mongolian herders while investing in veterinary care for the goats, and Kering has partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society to help educate herders on more sustainable approaches. Healthy cookbook Whether your partner is vegan , vegetarian or just likes to eat healthy, there’s a cookbook for it in 2020! Plus, cooking together is one of the best parts of the holidays and an even better idea for date nights. Vegan chef Marina Delio wrote a book called Vegan In An Instant  full of over 100 plant based recipes for your slow cooker (for those busy post-holiday evenings), and Dan Buettner has gathered recipes from Blue Zones to bring us The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 . Images via Amazon, Avocado, Bôhten Eyewear, Katherine Gallagher / Inhabitat, Kimaï, Kotn, Naadam, Pixabay, Proud Pour and TomboyX

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Better Breathing: 6 of the Best Plants for Indoor Air Quality

October 12, 2020 by  
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Cutting Carbon From Your Vegetarian Diet

August 28, 2020 by  
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Earth911 Inspiration: How Can I Help the World Today?

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Top 3 Misconceptions About Carbon Emissions

August 10, 2020 by  
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Where to find eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings

July 16, 2020 by  
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Your engagement and wedding rings are a symbol of your eternal love and commitment to your spouse. If you’re eco-minded, they should also be a testament to your love for and commitment to the planet. So when selecting your metal and gem rings, do so with extra attention to the material origin and manufacturing process. We’ve made it easier with a roundup of some of the best sustainable jewelers. Jewelry-making, at its core, uses natural or eco-friendly materials and sustainable methods, but mass-production has led to pollution , over-harvesting and poor working conditions for thousands of people in the industry. The main issue is the mining process as well as the conflicts common to the areas around mines. As these environmental and humanitarian issues have come to light, a variety of companies have stepped in to do some of the foundational ethical research for you, ensuring you’re making the best wedding ring choice for yourself, your partner and the planet.  Related: How to have a more sustainable wedding Melissa Joy Manning With a Green-certified shop in Berkeley, California and a similar studio in New York City, Melissa Joy Manning is an honorable choice for your wedding rings. Not only is the manufacturing process sustainable, but all products are handmade using recycled precious metals . Packaging is made from recycled materials as well. Plus, carbon offsetting counterbalances any shipping emissions. Ken and Dana Design With each piece handcrafted in NYC, Ken and Dana Design avoids overseas manufacturing and ensures a generous living wage to the workers along the supply chain. All jewelry uses recycled metals to curb the impact caused by sourcing virgin materials. Diamonds are sourced from all Kimberley Process-compliant suppliers, which is a certification system that prohibits the trading of diamonds from conflict regions. Ken and Dana Design also offers Canadian-origin and lab-grown diamonds. A portion of each sale is donated to Earthworks and Cool Effect, organizations aimed at protecting the environment. Couple If diamonds are your dream, Couple.co is a great option for sourcing a ring you know has been thoughtfully made. Each diamond must first be certified by the International Gemological Institute, then only the best are personally selected by the in-house gemologist. For an eco-friendly and 100% ethically sourced and produced option, you can also select lab-grown diamonds. Aurate New York For a combination of minimalist design and high diamond traceability practices, Aurate New York is a solid choice. The gold is 100% recycled, and the company employs a process to ensure each piece is sustainably handmade, casted, polished and perfected in NYC by seventh-generation craftsmen. Plus, for each purchase, the company donates a book to improve literacy efforts across the country. Noémie Another U.S.-based jeweler focused on ethical production, Noémie uses recycled 18K gold and conflict-free certified diamonds. Plus it provides free overnight shipping and returns and a lifetime warranty, and it boasts IGI Diamond Certification. Do Amore Diamond-sourcing is a hot button issue due to the violence in some of these areas. While the Kimberley Process is a great start in avoiding diamonds from conflict areas, it’s not a foolproof indicator. Do Amore recognizes this and takes the process further to ensure safe worker conditions by purchasing all diamonds directly from Diamond Sightholders, who are held to strict sourcing and employee treatment standards. In addition, all rings are made from recycled precious metals, handmade in the U.S. and packaged sans plastic in wood boxes made from sustainable Jarrah trees. MiaDonna All MiaDonna rings are made in the U.S. using lab-developed diamonds and recycled metals. One tree is planted through the Nature Conservatory to carbon-offset each shipment, and the company is dedicated to the protection and reconstruction of areas damaged by the mining process. The company has also been awarded the Green America Seal of Approval, which is best expressed by MiaDonna itself with the statement, “We believe in transparency. As an advocate for diamond mining communities, global societies and the Earth, we are putting a modern twist on an outdated industry.” Erica Weiner If vintage describes your dream ring, check out the unique and expansive collection from Erica Weiner . In addition to offering the flair you desire, going vintage means eliminating the need for virgin materials, making it one of the most sustainable options for eco-friendly wedding jewelry . Catering to all preferences, the company also has handmade options made from recycled materials in contemporary designs. Aide-mémoire Jewelry If your desire to be earth-conscious is combined with a goal to support the LBGTQ+ community, Aide-mémoire Jewelry may be the option you’re looking for. As an “all-inclusive, queer woman-owned small business in Seattle, Washington,” the company designs its jewelry with recycled precious metals and lab-grown, conflict-free diamonds, then places each order in recyclable and compostable packaging. The company also contributes to Lambda Legal, an organization that supports the LBGTQ+ community, and Higher Heights, which supports Black female politicians. Bario Neal Designers Anna Bario and Page Neal set out to share more than beautiful jewelry. “Disillusioned by industry standards that turned a blind eye to metal and gemstone mining’s environmental and human tolls,” the duo creates rings with a commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability. Bario Neal supports LGBTQ+ rights and worldwide marriage equality, and all items are handmade in the Bario Neal Philadelphia studio. Both diamonds and colorful stones are fully traceable, and according to the company, “Fairmined metals are extracted by empowered and responsible small-scale and artisanal miners.” Images via Ken and Dana Design, MiaDonna, Bario Neal and Noémie

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