Danish jewellery maker Pandora said on Tuesday it would stop using mined gold and silver in its pieces starting in 2025, a sustainability first in an industry that consumes a big portion of the globe’s total precious metals output.
The Copenhagen-based company, the world’s largest jewellery maker by volume, said its shift to recycled supplies would cut carbon emissions by at least 66% for silver and more than 99% for gold.
Pandora, best known for its charms, said that only about 15% the world’s silver supply comes from recycled metal, even though reusing the metals generates a third of the carbon emissions produced by silver mining. Recycled gold, in turn, has emissions 600 times lower than mined gold, it said.
Currently, 71% of the silver and gold in Pandora’s jewellery comes from recycled sources.
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Chief executive officer, Alexander Lacik, said the new approach won’t drag down the quality of the jewelry produced.
“Metals mined centuries ago are just as good as new,” Lacik said in the statement. Meanwhile, “the need for sustainable business practices is only becoming more important,” he said.
Pandora did acknowledge it may have to educate customers on that there is no difference between mined and recycled precious metals. Related: Americans Don’t Care if TikTok Is A Security Threat
Another key benefits of Pandora’s shift to the environment, the company said, is that there would be a significant reduction in water use as a result of less mining.
The announcement is part of the company’s master plan of becoming carbon neutral by 2025. This includes emissions from Pandora’s crafting facilities, owned and operated stores, distribution sites and offices.
Annual emissions from the global gold market are equivalent to roughly 126 million tonnes of CO2. More than a third of that comes directly from mining and smelting, data from the World Gold Council shows.
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