When working with wooden and silicone beads it's hard to come across as a sustainable, eco friendly and conscious brand.
The first step has been to be as conscious as possible about packaging. We keep our packaging 90% made of paper so you can recycle when you receive it. Some of it is even made with recycled paper, we really try and source materials which will be as eco-friendly as possible.
Kodes necklaces come packaged this way, to be as sustainable as we can be
When your beads are all made of wood, the best way to give back to the environment is planting a tree.
So I’ve started a little forest with Treedom, a company that plants trees all over the world and lets you follow your trees’ progress, including looking exactly where the tree is located and sending you photos.
To offset wood consumption and carbon for 2017 and part of 2018, I’ve planted 4 trees, you can view some of the photos in the gallery on the right as well as follow my progress as I plant more during the rest of 2018 by visiting my page on Treedom.
Not only these trees will act as offsetting, every tree brings social and financial benefits to the farmers who plant them, to their family and to their local community.
Every year I pick a charity affiliated to the LGBTQ community and donate £1 from each sale from my LGBTQ collection.
In the first 2 years I have been donating to Mermaids, a charity that offers family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people.
In the last 2 years, including this year, I’ve been donating to ASA Milano, a charity offering information, testing and support towards AIDS patients.
My journey into jewellery making, made me realise I have started making statement jewellery to be bold and express myself. Having Alopecia (no hair) has meant I had no way to do so through my hair. Jewellery has become my outlet for the creativity I can’t express through styling my hair.
I’ve also realised why I’ve always felt so close to all those people who are coming out and their every day struggle. Coming out is not the destination, it’s a massive toll road of the journey. It took me so many years to finally feel free, without any worry or anxiety, to tell people that I wear wigs. I can only imagine how hard it is for the ones who want to do the same about their gender – or to avoid doing so when questioned.