IEDS Director Asim Zia spoke with Vermont Public Radio...
Resource Recovery through Jewelry Reuse and Recycling
Ethics and sustainability have become a growing focus for jewelry consumers and retailers in Europe and the United States over the last five years. Consumers, jewelers, mining companies, international development agencies, advocacy groups and the media have engaged in heated debates and careful collaboration to manage the social, environmental and economic impacts of luxury jewelry production. To date the context of sustainability in the world of luxury jewelry retail has focused primarily on sustainable development for impoverished mining communities, recycling opportunities for gold, and the elimination of conflict diamonds from the marketplace. The opportunity to bring existing jewelry out of storage for reuse has not been a serious focus of business discussions to date.
IEDS has partnered with CIRCA Ltd., the world's largest jewelry reseller to consider ways by which their business model can be more broadly applied to achieving goals of resource sustainability.