Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The eco-friendly appeal of dry flower jewellery


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By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe

In recent years, sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in the fashion industry. Consumers are now more aware of the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions and are seeking out eco-friendly options. One such option that has gained popularity in the fashion world is dry flower jewellery.
Dry flower jewellery is made by preserving flowers in their natural form, without the use of chemicals or dyes. The flowers are carefully selected and dried, then arranged and set in jewellery pieces. This process creates unique and beautiful accessories that are both sustainable and eco-friendly.
“One of the main appeals of dry flower jewellery is its sustainability. Unlike traditional jewellery, which often relies on the mining of precious metals and gemstones, dry flower jewellery uses natural and renewable materials. The flowers used in the jewellery are grown and harvested in a sustainable manner, without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. This means that the production of dry flower jewellery has a much lower environmental impact than traditional jewellery,” Latika Kapoor, Head of Styling, March by FS Life, told IANSlife.
Additionally, the production process of dry flower jewellery is much more energy-efficient than traditional jewellery making. The flowers are air-dried, which requires no additional energy input.
The jewellery is then crafted by hand, further reducing the energy needed to create each piece.
Another benefit of dry flower jewellery is that it is biodegradable. Traditional jewellery, particularly those made from non-biodegradable materials like plastic and metal, can take hundreds of years to break down in the environment. In contrast, dry flower jewellery will decompose naturally and return to the earth, leaving no harmful waste behind.
“Dry flower jewellery also offers a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly popular in the fashion world. The delicate and intricate patterns of the flowers create a one-of-a-kind look that cannot be replicated by traditional jewellery materials. Each piece of dry flower jewellery is a work of art, reflecting the natural beauty of the world around us,” adds Milind Mathur, Director, Kohinoor Jewellers Agra.
Moreover, the use of dry flowers in jewellery making can also promote sustainability in the floral industry. Flowers are often discarded after they have been used for bouquets or events, contributing to waste and environmental pollution. By repurposing these flowers for jewellery making, they can be given a second life and their environmental impact can be minimised.
Furthermore, the use of dry flowers in jewellery making can also have a positive impact on mental health. Studies have shown that exposure to nature can have a calming effect on the mind and body, reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
By wearing jewellery made from natural and preserved flowers, individuals can bring a piece of nature with them wherever they go and experience these calming effects throughout the day.
The demand for sustainable fashion is only expected to grow in the coming years, and dry flower jewellery is poised to become a major player in the industry. Not only does it offer a sustainable alternative to traditional jewellery materials, but it also provides a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly sought after by consumers.
In conclusion, it offers a sustainable and beautiful alternative to traditional jewellery materials. It is versatile, biodegradable, and provides a unique and natural aesthetic that is increasingly popular in the fashion world.
By promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact, dry flower jewellery is poised to become a major player in the industry and a favourite among eco-conscious consumers. (IANSlife)

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