What Luna Tree jewellery say about themselves…
Luna Tree Jewellery is a member of BAFTS (The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers). Luna Tree Jewellery works on a basis of total transparency between producer, importer/wholesaler, retailer and customer, creating a personal link from one end of the chain to the other.
All orders are paid for up front, firstly with the value of the silver as a raw material so production can get underway and so the workers can be paid as parts of the order are completed. Prior to shipping the balance of the order is paid and all shipping costs also covered.
Working with our producer community directly on the design of our ranges we actively encourage and promote the producers individual creativity. Empowering them to harnesses their creativity and skills bringing the talent they possess to the global market.
Luna Tree Jewellery endeavour to help reset the balance between developing communities and the developed world. Understanding their limitations and working with them to help bring changes which they desire rather than the changes that we think they need. Helping the whole community to benefit from the partnership we have together.
All the families involved in silver production within the village have a mix of both male and female workers. Both the men and women receive the same pay for the same work undertaken. Depending on each individual families circumstances they will either be headed by a matriarchal female head of the household or a male one. Gender equality within Karen Hill Tribe communities sees all aspects of work undertaken by males and females equally including farming. Production always fits around other duties such as harvest time, festivities and childcare which further empowers the women producers.
We visit out producer village every year to develop new products, observe production and to catch up on all aspects of village life. This enables us to be positive regarding working conditions and practices of our producers. The work of silversmithing can only be undertaken by artisans with the skills after adequate training and therefore we can be absolutely certain that no child labour is ever used.
Sustainable environmental practices are extremely important to Luna Tree Jewellery.
We endeavour to reduce the amount of all consumable office products; by sending as much paperwork as possible such as invoices and correspondence electronically and store all information on a computer rather than print hard copies. We reuse as much paper as possible; ensuring both sides of scrap paper is used before recycling or composting. Any paper products purchased for promotional material is made from recycled paper or FSC certified paper. Packaging and envelopes are always reused. Printer ink cartridges are refilled.
We purchase our electricity from a green renewable energy provider who invests in the wetlands of the UK for the protection of our native bird and mammal habitats. Computers, lights (Light bulbs are all energy efficient.) etc are switched off when not in use and we would rather put on an extra layer or run round a bit than crank up the heating system.
A home office saves on commuting and the emissions this would create daily. A vehicle is very rarely used for business. Public transport is preferred whenever possible. However, it is inevitable that our producers are visited and our goods shipped – endeavouring to offset these overseas trips etc at least 2% of the annual profits are gifted to environmental charities who work towards reducing CO2 emissions.
We do not pollute the environment with chemicals during the silver production process. There is no waste material as all the silver off cuts etc can be reused. Hand tools are mainly used in production of the silver, with the exception of soldering tools and small polishing machines. Sustainable environmental practices are being developed within our production village with the introduction of solar panels enabling the village to run generators in the evenings for light etc.
We are continually looking at ways to improve our green performance as a business and to reduce our impact on the earth.
Every little step, no matter how small, in the right direction can make a huge difference!