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      Why should your jewellery choices be environmentally friendly?

      Why should your jewellery choices be environmentally friendly?

      Any jewellery mining can have a harmful impact on the environment, ranging from erosion of the land, to leakage of harmful chemicals into the water supply, to the alteration of an entire ecosystem. And let’s not forget about the carbon footprint of the heavy machinery that’s used in the process. Therefore, it is important we start investing in more eco-friendly jewellery. 

      A little bit about Big Metal...

      James McGrath, founder of Big Metal, was first inspired to start making jewellery whilst living in Papua New Guinea 30 years ago and working with natural materials with the local artisan people.

      When he returned to London after his travels, he set up a workshop in his mother´s garden shed where he taught himself to make jewellery out of metal.

      He then progressed to setting up a stall in Portobello Market which had so much success that, one day, Jean-Paul Gaultier asked him to design the jewellery for a movie for which he was designing the clothes – this movie was the 5thElement which had and continues to have a huge impact on fashion, redefining what a futuristic aesthetic can be. We believe that aesthetic is sustainability.

      That is when Big Metal London was born and now James and his team design everything in-house in London, following all the latest trends, where he also has a small workshop.

      How are they sustainable?

      Big Metal London is a sustainable fashion jewellery brand with a long history and a focus on the future – they believe in the importance of sustainability. In order to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations.

      The latest collection by Big Metal is 22k Gold/Silver plated brass which has been made from over 50% recycled leftovers. And at least 20% of other materials are also recycled. All the materials Big Metal use when making jewellery are ethically sourced and compliant with the REACH standard. Every piece is Nickel, Lead and Cadmium Free, and the stud posts are made from surgical steel. They carefully select and work only with best quality components. Plated jewellery has the same quality as fine jewellery, however with the time, the plated layer will wear off. For this reason, the jewellery has a layer of clear resin to seal and prolong its durability.

      Big Metal also make their resin earrings by upcycling the leftover products from sunglasses frames. They collect them, design beautiful, vibrant patterns and give them a new life in the form of jewellery.

      Here is a link to the new collection, make sure you check it out if you are looking for trendy, environmentally conscious jewellery that is still affordable. Shop here.

       Here are some of our favourite styles from their collection...

       

      Summer Reads That Need to be in Your Beach Bag

      Summer Reads That Need to be in Your Beach Bag

      We all know a beach trip can’t be done without a good book… or three. We have some recommendations for you so that you know the best summer reads you can chuck into your beach bag  or curl up on the sofa with in our super soft pyjamas. From rom coms to thrillers, we have something for everyone.
      1. Everything I know about Love by Dolly Alderton

       

      In her intimate memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out.

      It's a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

      BBC have even adapted the best selling memoir into a tv series, its THAT good.

      2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

      A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heart-breaking yet hopeful story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover. After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. You may have heard of another one of her best selling novels, 'It ends with us' which was also incredible, however this one is EVEN better in my opinion.

      3. I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

      A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smouldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.

      You will not be able to put this book down, this was one of the best books I have ever read. Perhaps a bit heavy for a beach day but personally I love nothing more than a gripping thriller.

      4. Mademoiselle Revolution by Zoe Sivak

      In the mood for a lil historical fiction? Then you'll wanna check out Zoe Sivak's debut, which tells the story of Sylvie, a privileged heiress from Haiti who must flee to Paris in the midst of the Haitian Revolution. There Sylvie becomes fascinated with that country's own revolution—as well as its leader, Maximilien Robespierre—and she must decide which side of history she really wants to be on.

       5. The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

      Last but not least...In Mohsin Hamid's latest novel, a world is introduced where people who were once white find that their skin has turned brown overnight, and as you can probably guess, society doesn't know how to handle this shifting dynamic. Is it a fun and flirty beach read? Lol, no. But it's definitely an important one.

      Q&A With Vegan Skincare Brand Betty Hula

      Q&A With Vegan Skincare Brand Betty Hula
      Over the last year the beauty world has gone mad for cruelty free beauty.
      At Taylor & Jackson we are proud to now be stocking Betty Hula skincare.  These products are free from parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates and artificial colours. The Betty Hula range is good for psoriasis, eczema, scarring, stretch marks fine lines and pigmentation.

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