Sustainability

Papermelon weaves eco-conscious decisions into the lifecycle of each piece – including what the jewelry is made from, how and where it was made, and how it continues its life journey. Here’s how we do that.

Materials

Paper jewelry is an unexpected and creative solution to sustainable jewelry. Paper is one of the few truly sustainable products as it is made from wood. It’s also one of the most recycled products on the planet. 

Paper for our jewelry is recycled from newspapers, magazines, paper bags, gift wraps, calendars and pamphlets. We obsessively collect them through an amazing network of friends, neighbours and well-wishers.

All supportive beads, cords and silver findings are locally sourced from small home-run businesses.

Packaging

Our jewelry is packed in beautiful cardboard boxes handcrafted by a talented local artisan. The boxes are reusuable and recyclable.

Recycled crinkle paper is used as packing filler inside the boxes.

Fabric ribbons cut from tailoring waste add the finishing touch to our complimentary gift packaging. With their beautiful textures and patterns, they make each package unique.

Address is handwritten on envelopes. (Yes, it’s a bit of work, but we also get to show off our handwriting.)

Studio Practices

All jewelry is handcrafted in our little home studio.

We use simple hand tools and no machinery in production, which means low energy requirements.

We follow a zero waste policy in our studio. We didn’t work hard on this, our materials and designs naturally allow this to be possible.

We transform everyday objects into efficient work equipments. Old pens and bottles, for example, are upcycled as moulds to make the base of rings and bracelets.

A self-constructed lightbox placed in our balcony with ample sunlight works beautifully for our photographs.

We started as an ordinary business in 2009. Thankfully, we had an eye for ‘upcycling’, though the word was not coined back then. The brand naturally evolved by making sustainable choices in every step and detail – in life and business. We’re not perfect, but we’re determined to making this an extra-ordinarily ecologically committed business. 

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