At Tatty Devine sustainability within our business practices, products and operations is very important to us, we recognise we can't do it all but we strive to do everything we can. We know you may be thinking, hang on, but you use plastic, right? And we do, but ours is definitely not single use.
Sustainability is not just one thing, but many, many things, so read on and find out what we do do and what we plan to do.
We've looked to the UN Goals for guidance, which is a set of goals for businesses and entities to work together to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Tatty Devine have two main focuses which we feel we can play a vital role in now and in the future. These are Gender Equality and Responsible Consumption & Production.
There are many parts of our business which focus on Gender Equality and have done since the very beginning. Our brand values and company ethos were set by co-founders Rosie and Harriet to empower women through recruitment & team development and working with amazing charities producing campaign jewellery to raise the voices of women.
Within the Gender Equality UN Goal we are focusing on the below targets:
End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
Recognise and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
We employ a small team of female-makers in Kent, UK, where all our jewellery is handmade by their skilled hands. We operate a small-batch production and have offered a repair service since '99 too. Our jewellery is intended to be cherished forever.
You'll find more information below on our transition to using recycled materials within our production and fulfilment.
Within the Responsible Consumption and Production UN Goal we are focusing on the below targets:
Implement the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
This is our Environmental Certification for 2021 from First Mile:
All Tatty Devine jewellery has been designed in our original London studio since 1999 by co-founders Harriet Vine MBE and Rosie Wolfenden MBE, before being laser-cut in small batches and handmade in Kent by our team of expert makers.
Designed for life, each piece is crafted with longevity in mind and couldn’t be further from fast fashion. We’re also proud to have offered all our customers a repair service across the majority of our collections since day one - our jewellery can truly last a lifetime. Score!
Founding members of East End Trades Guild - a community organisation working to empower and sustain local businesses in East London which are vital both to the local economy and to the life of the community.
Since 2016, energy used to make our jewellery and run our studio and shop has been 100% matched by renewable sources, plus any gases used are fully carbon offset through our energy provider’s partner, Renewable World.
Where possible we make sure we're leaving a greener footprint on the planet, our studios and stores use sustainably sourced toilet paper and have plenty of eco refills at the ready for cleaning products.
We’re committed to finding the right type of packaging, that ensures the longevity of your precious pieces whilst having the lowest impact on the environment.
Since 2018, all Tatty Devine jewellery is presented in 100% recyclable gift boxes, safely tucked in with FSC® certified eco-friendly tissue paper which has been printed with soy-based inks.
We’ve also been working with our local recycling providers to ensure we recycle as much of our waste, however little, as possible.
In 2018, we started working with Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life.
We have raised over £18,000 to date.
In 2019, we partnered with Teemill to bring you the first Tatty Devine Tees made from certified organic cotton. All our clothing is printed to order and produced with minimal waste in a factory powered by renewable energy. We soon welcomed jumpers to the collection, too!
Did you know that Teemill also operate a circular economy? That means you can send your tee back to them to recycle and turn into a brand new one. They also give you £5 off your next purchase - ker-ching!
2019 was the year we first started working with The Eve Appeal on their 'Get Lippy' campaign to raise awareness of the 5 gynae cancers and their symptoms.
We've continued to support them ever since, and this year (2022) we'll be donating £5 per Lipstick Kiss Necklace throughout the month of May.
2020 was the year we fully moved over to small-batch production, which means you might have to wait a little longer for some pieces to come back in stock, but we're reducing waste and ensuring everything we make is valued and loved. W even introduced a pre-order system for those serious statements!
All our chains and findings are sourced from our trusted supplier in China (the only manufacturer of our iconic plectrum charm), ordering just twice a year to reduce our carbon footprint.
Tatty Devine x Venus Libido collection launched in January 2021 raising awareness and funds for Young Women's Trust, a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women.
Young women are the power behind society, but age-old discrimination is having a devastating impact, not just on their careers, but on their finances, mental health, and hopes for the future.
We welcome members of Team Tatty from all walks of life and backgrounds. We pride ourselves on creating a happy and fun environment, working collectively as a team and see ourselves above all as a family.
As a company we support the development of all people who work with us - from our makers to managers, everyone has the opportunity to be challenged and develop their career.
In 2021 we updated our current recruitment policy to actively seek a more diverse workforce.
Around 50% of the team, across both London and Kent, now work from home, enabling a better work-life balance and a flexibility of working hours.
Where possible walking or cycling to work is encouraged by our co-founders, who both love to cycle.
Our aim was to reach 17.5% of our products to be made from recycled acrylic by the end of 2022, just 3 months in and we have already exceeded this with 20% of our products now available in recycled acrylic.
We're upping our recycled game and are now aiming for 30% of our products to be made from recycled acrylic by the end of 2023.
In 2022, we’ve teamed up with the international charity Equality Now, to raise funds, awareness and champion equal rights for women and girls worldwide.
Saying ‘NO!’ to sexual violence, guaranteeing equal legal rights and inspiring gender equality globally, £3.75 ($5) per piece of jewellery sold is donated in support of their vital work.
We also launched 4 Equality Now T-shirts where all Tatty Devine's profits are donated to Equality Now.
Although our gift boxes are recyclable, we’re working on finding an alternative to foam (not currently recyclable) and mailing bags, as they’re only part-recyclable. We've been using up surplus stock to reduce any waste and are now in a position to start making the switch this year.
We will be moving over to a new more eco-friendly, organic, recycled, Fairtrade®, and FSC®-certified gift boxes and mail bags.
OUR FUTURE GOALS
By the end of 2023, we plan to have our supply chain of acrylic and jewellery findings and our carbon footprint fully known, understood and shared with you, our customer.
By the year 2025, we aim to have 75% of jewellery in our core collections made from recycled acrylic, bio plastic or FSC® Wood.