The True Cost of Costume Jewelry and Where to Find Ethical Jewlery

The True Cost of Costume Jewelry and Where to Find Ethical Jewlery

Fast fashion has been a hot topic for years, with consumers becoming increasingly aware of the environmental and social impact of buying cheap, disposable clothing. However, there's another aspect of fast fashion that often goes overlooked: fast jewelry.

We've all become accustomed to the statement earrings made of acetate and glue, as well as the cheap multipacks of zinc rings and bracelets. But the world of fast jewelry is doing just as much damage as disposable clothing.

The production of fast jewelry is incredibly harmful to the environment. Many of the materials used in these pieces are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to decompose, if they ever do. Additionally, the production of these items often involves hazardous chemicals and toxins, which can pollute water and air sources.

But it's not just the production of fast jewelry that's problematic. The fast fashion industry is built on a model of overconsumption and disposability, and this applies to jewelry as well. Consumers are encouraged to buy more and more pieces, often at incredibly low prices, with the expectation that they will only wear them a few times before moving on to the next trend.

The result is an enormous amount of waste. Cheap, low-quality pieces are discarded after just a few wears, and even those that are a bit sturdier are often thrown away when they fall out of fashion. This creates a vicious cycle of waste and overconsumption that's incredibly harmful to the environment.

So what can we do about it? The first step is to become more aware of the impact of our purchasing decisions. We need to start asking questions about the materials and production methods used to create the jewelry we buy, and we need to be willing to pay more for pieces that are made ethically and sustainably.

We can also make a conscious effort to shop for demi-fine pieces that we will have for longer. A few companies  like Abebe+Booker are currently offering a fair selection of affordable demi-fine jewelry options that are designed to years and decades,  rather than days and months.  This means investing in higher-quality pieces that will stand the test of time, rather than constantly buying new items that will quickly fall out of fashion.

Ultimately, the world of fast jewelry is just another facet of the larger fast fashion problem. But by becoming more conscious consumers and making more informed choices about the jewelry we buy, we can help to mitigate the damage and create a more sustainable future. 


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