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Educational institutions have a crucial role to play in educating the next generation of makers in sustainability and Climate Change. Our Jewellery Department has implemented changes to our Curriculum to include ethical theory and practice.
We have introduced an eco-awareness week, holding demonstrations on how to recycle silver and welcomed suppliers of ethically sourced Gemstones. We have successfully introduced live projects into all courses which highlight different aspects of sustainability. This ensures students are made aware of issues surrounding Climate Change.
We did this to enable students, not only to design jewellery as beautiful objects, but use their work as a multi-faceted platform to inform wider society. As a result of sourcing ethical precious metals, using safer chemicals, and limiting our use of the gas torches, we have decreased our carbon footprint. We feel we can all contribute to help the environment whilst still continuing to do the things we love.
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