3D-printed jewelry company uses plants, not fossil fuels, to make its beautiful designs

April 10, 2019 by  
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Traditionally, most jewelry has always been made out of some type of metal: silver, gold, bronze or copper. Mining for precious metals and gemstones often causes environmental damage, ranging from water pollution to greenhouse gas emissions to soil erosion. Today, however, those looking to decorate themselves with shiny baubles have a new option —  eco-friendly, 3D-printed jewelry. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Winter Hill Jewelry is an innovative, family-run company that makes beautiful and affordable 3D-printed earrings and necklaces out of plant-based plastic . Winter Hill Jewelry is the brainchild of Vanessa Templeman, a mother of two who started experimenting with her family’s 3D printer at home. The printer had been used to print toys for the kids, but soon Templeman decided to do something a bit more creative. After initially drawing and designing her pieces by hand, she then updated to Tinkercard to help streamline the process, which ends with beautiful 3D models of her designs. Related: Elle turns E-waste into unique and eye-catching jewelry According to Templeman, the 3D printing process not only allows her to create and manufacture her own designs, but has also opened up a niche in the jewelry market for eco-friendly designs. Focused on having minimal environment impact, the company uses a full-cycle system that is set up to reduce waste throughout the manufacturing process. Instead of using regular plastic that is made from fossil fuels, for example, they use PLA, a plant-based plastic that is compostable. While they try to reduce waste as much as possible, any remnants left over from the production process can be easily recycled. Additionally, the Flash Forge Creator Pro 3D printers used by Winter Hill Jewelry are fully powered by solar-generated energy . Once the jewelry is printed, they are displayed on cards made out of 100 percent recycled paper and shipped in biodegradable bubble wrap. As an additional way to use its product for good, the company has a special collection that includes a “Cuterus” line of pins and earrings. Portions from the sale of these items are donated to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center OB. + Winter Hill Jewelry Images via Winter Hill Jewelry

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Floral designer puts a wearable spin on succulents with incredible jewelry

February 29, 2016 by  
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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts That Sparkle

December 3, 2014 by  
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Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one’s attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff links made from recycled brass. Or double your impact with a repurposed bracelet from The Giving Keys, which donates part of its proceeds to help homeless and low-income individuals find and retain jobs. Want to offer something that’s truly one of a kind? Rebel Nell employs disadvantaged women from Detroit to make pretty baubles from fallen graffiti. ECO-FRIENDLY JEWELRY GIFTS >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly jewelry , eco jewelry , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , ethical jewelry , green fashion , green gift guide , green gifts , green jewelry , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable jewelry , sustainable style

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Oxgut Hose Company Makes Household Products Using Reclaimed Fire Hose

December 3, 2014 by  
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What happens to fire hose once it has reached the end of its use? At Oxgut Hose Co., they become just about anything for the home that you can imagine, like seating, rugs or a even a firehose wood carrier. The company, which is based in Oakland, CA. works with Bay Area designers and artisans to make furniture and accessories that feature reclaimed fire hose, keeping them out of the landfill. Oxgut Hose Co., named for the first fire hose used in Ancient Greece, also helps give back to the community by donating a portion of the proceeds to Alisa Ann Ruch Foundation . + Oxgut Hose Co. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see  your  story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fire hose , Oxgut Hose , Oxgut Hose Company , reader submission , reader submitted content , reclaimed fire hose , reclaimed furniture , reclaimed home products , reclaimed products , recycled chairs , recycled furniture , recycling , repurposes fire hose

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Pin to Win It: Enter Hovey Lee’s Eco-Jewelry Giveaway (Worth Up to $148!)

April 11, 2012 by  
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Would you love to get your hands on a piece of Hovey Lee ‘s gorgeous, environmentally sustainable jewelry? If you’re as enamored by her accessories as we are, then enter our Earth Day Contest for a chance to win an eye-catching design to call your own! Click ahead to find out more details on how to enter, and finally put that Pinterest obsession of yours to work! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly jewelry , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Hovey Lee , recycled fashion , recycled gold , recycled jewelry , recycled metals , recycled silver , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable jewelry , sustainable style , upcycled fashion , upcycled jewelry

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Spread Holiday Joy With a Handmade Felt-Flower Brooch (DIY Tutorial)

December 24, 2011 by  
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This do-it-yourself ribbon brooch will only take 20 minutes to make!  Handmade goodness fills any gift recipient up with joy, and with found materials you can create this gorgeous, unique flower brooch that goes with anything – dressy or casual. Click ahead to check out the best last minute gift idea around! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY Eco-Fashion , diy projects , DIY tutorials , eco friendly accessories , eco friendly jewelry , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , green office , sustainable accessories , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable jewelry , sustainable style

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