Sustainable Fashion – Wooden Rings

northwood-ebony-gold-slantIn my search for identifying new, creative ways to be sustainable, I sometimes come across a product or company that introduces something that’s easy for us to overlook or simply allow as an exception to the rules of being environmentally friendly. One such item is engagements rings and wedding rings. It’s one of those things that most people never question, simply because they feel their significant other deserves the best, and it’s a one-time purchase you don’t ever have to think about again. But once you think about the materials used in most rings, and how those materials were sourced, the picture becomes a bit more grey.

This is why I am going to discuss a very unique ring supplier who focuses on sustainable fashion, and creates a beautiful product built around preservation and eco-friendly practices. I recently discovered Northwood Wooden Rings, and have fallen in love with their products and sustainable mission. First of all, a wooden ring has a certain earthy, yet elegant design to it that stands out in a crowd. But just as important as the aesthetic beauty of the ring is the materials and methods used to create the ring. Northwood is very transparent about their mission to be sustainable, and I for one love to see that in a company. They strongly believe in preservation and giving back to foundations that believe in the same, including the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Coral Reef Alliance. Northwood also strongly believes in doing no harm. In a world being harmed by industries directly related to the jewelry market, Northwood aims to make a difference by using mostly reclaimed materials, and ensuring any other materials are sourced from respectable companies. All of their wood is ethically sourced and for the most part comes from other artisans or trades where the smaller pieces would be discarded due to being too small to work with. All of their other materials are gathered locally or sourced through companies with high standards. All of their precious metals are 85% or more recycled, and they do not work with diamonds, instead utilizing much more environmentally friendly stones such as moissanite. Most of their rings are even vegan friendly. Their glues and finishes do not have any animal products or ingredients, but they do ship rings in beeswax which can be left out upon request.

Not only do I like to see a company pushing the limits on changing the standards in an industry not typically known for being environmentally friendly, but it’s also important to make a high quality product and take care of your customers. Northwood offers an amazing product and every purchase comes with a “Care-For-Life Guarantee”, meaning the will refinish, repair, and re-size your ring free of charge as long as you own it. Even if your ring becomes damaged beyond repair, they will offer you a new ring at 50% of the retail price, which is not something you see very often.

If you’re in the market for a ring, or you have a friend or family member who is, I highly suggest you take a look at Northwood Wooden Rings. Read a little bit about their policies, their beliefs, and their sustainable practices, and I am sure you will be impressed with he way they do business. Their line of non traditional wedding rings and engagement rings are incredibly unique products at a very reasonable cost, and might just be exactly what you’re looking for.

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