This past weekend I volunteered for some fantastic programming done by the Knights of Veritas for Weed Warriors‘ Newcastle Earth Day event (I had no idea how relevant environmental conservation was to people during the middle ages!). It was such a wonderful day. Even the downpour wasn’t enough to dampen my spirits! I also had an opportunity to meet a fantastic artist about whom I can’t wait to tell you in a later blog post!
But, for today, I want to tell you about how Butterfly Sundries uses environmentally responsible practices!
I save (and recycle) scrap metal! While it’s easy to recycle scrap silver by sending it back to my metal distributor, I also make a point to save every single little bit of scrap of copper and brass. Even the tiniest piece can find new purpose in becoming a handmade jump ring, headpin or rivet. The pieces which have not yet found new purpose are also kept in reserve for Butterfly Sundries’ planned (eventual) expansion into casting!
For etched pieces, I use and reuse the acid for as long as possible and then dispose of the (toxic) acid responsibly! I don’t like for anything to go to waste and so I store and reuse my acid as long as possible (I used my recent batch for more than 2 years)! Rather than diluting and neutralizing it before dumping it down the sink, as do many hobbyists and artists, I use ethical (and legal) disposal practices– calling to my relevant local governmental agencies and following their procedures for packaging it and bringing it to them for proper disposal (even when it costs me money)! I also use safe jewelry cleaning and “antiquing” products on all my pieces from a trusted company!
Whenever possible, I try to ensure that Butterfly Sundries’ only purchases jewelry gift boxes made of recycled materials. Mailing boxes are also, as often as possible (Priority Mail Boxes are the exception), re-purposed boxes from my supply shipments or from a local business which gives me their old boxes. My box filler comes from my supply shipments, old newspapers and sometimes even filtered wood shavings from Bender’s Wood and Brass!
If environmental stewardship is an important cause to you and you want your jewelry purchases to support a nonprofit dedicated to environmental stewardship programs, shop now to support Weed Warriors (the current Featured Charity, they receive 10% of all sale profits through the end of May)! Also, check out Butterfly Sundries’ Beautiful World Collection on Etsy here! 10% of the sale profits on all those items will continue to support Weed Warriors’ programming through February 2015!
I feel so happy with the longer days returning! During the winter months, especially with a weak immune system and seasonal affective tendencies, I lean toward hibernation and self-isolation through mid-March. Now that the temperatures here are finally on a warming trend and the flowers are beginning to bud, I’m beginning to feel like I might return to the land of the living.
This past weekend marked the second time since winter that I’ve actually felt a personal motivation to go outside and work a little in the yard. Clearing away dead branches and leaves which had fallen since the last autumn day of yard work, trimming some of the plants which got out of control last year (Virginia Creeper was getting into lots of unapproved locations)… my partner and I even decided on the placement of our three flower pots (we’re still debating about what kind of flowers we’ll plant in them.
It seems like every time I look out my window or go to enjoy some fresh air in my yard I find new inspiration for Butterfly Sundries’ Beautiful World Collection. Budding flowers are so pretty! I can’t help but take out my sketchbook and use them as inspiration for etching designs. The challenge I have is not being able to identify the flowers!
These are the first flowers which have shown up in my yard this spring; they are my current inspiration for a new pendant design!
Sometimes it just doesn’t work out for Butterfly Sundries to have a new Featured Charity every three months, as much as I wish it could. But, because I’m dedicated to ALWAYS donating (at minimum) 10% of all sale profits to charity, this Featured Charity cycle I’m getting creative.
Instead of featuring one charity to receive 10% of all Butterfly Sundries’ sale profits- I’m allowing the three charities currently in the spotlight rotation to split the proceeds equally!
The three charities participating in this Three-Way Split are:
And, as always, if you want to send more money to one of the particular charities listed above, buy from their Inspired Collection (Fur Babies, Knights or Bookworm Collections) to send an extra 10% of sale profits their way!
I am so excited to announce Butterfly Sundries is partnering with GirlVentures to do on-going fundraising for their programs- beyond their time in my Featured Charity Spotlight! (You may remember GirlVentures as my December 2012 – Februrary 2013 Featured Charity. All the designs in the Triskelion Collection, inspired by their programs, will continue to support GirlVentures programs with 10% of the sale profits through the end of November 2013!)
With GirlVentures’ permission, I am now offering select etched designs in my Etsy shop, and via other direct sales avenues, which feature their logo. All of these GirlVentures designs (informally called the GirlVentures Collection) send 20% of the sale profits to support their programming! And you don’t have to be affiliated with their organization to purchase the designs or support their programs!
I feel so happy about the great things I’ve been hearing about their work and I know your contributions will be put to good use. But for those of you who aren’t familiar with their work, here’s a brief description:
GirlVentures is a 501c3 non-profit based out of San Francisco, CA with a mission to empower adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths. They envision a world in which girls and women are actively engaged in the leadership of thriving communities strengthened by diversity, civic engagement, healthy choices and environmental responsibility.
GirlVentures has over 4,000 alumnae from the Bay Area. Many of them have now graduated from college, started jobs, and even started families. For more information about their programming, please see their website.
To see something written by one of their alumnae, you can go here.
I just listed the first GirlVentures Logo pendant, pictured in this post, on Etsy; many more in copper and brass will be listed in the upcoming weeks!
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