A-Z Sustainability Initiative
Carbon Footprint Reduction & Recycling Education.
The A-Z Sustainability Initiative is a diversified effort of 1201 B Studios to be as sustainable and ethical as possible throughout all order of operations. As a female owned small business we have a set a goal to reduce our carbon footprint, which is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment based on carbon outputs, so we can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations.
Along side our 'Triple R' Upcycling Project, we strive to be as responsible and sustainable as the fashion industry allows us. Here are a few things we are proud of:
Ethical Working Conditions
Managing Energy Consumption
Limiting Gas Emissions, Transport & Waste
Sustainable & Recycled Metals
Supply Chain Awareness
Establishing Sustainable Business Practices
Fair Wages & Benefits
Eliminating Single Use Plastics
Recyclable & Biodegradable Packaging
Certifications of Authenticity
A 'sustainability efforts' page has been dedicated to keeping our customers educated under the 1201 B Studios umbrella around all updated production, packaging, projects, and certifications. It will also give details on how to reduce impact & end of life scenarios for products and waste.
We care about transparency, authenticity, sustainability, and ethics. In order for the world to change, we need to work together. Sustainability is imperative.
Founder & CEO
We aim to be the most sustainable and ethical as possible.
Please see below some key details of our brands production, shipping & packaging as well as how we are reducing our carbon footprint.
Our Eco-Friendly Sustainable jewelry is SGS Certified & Mill Test Certified.
Our Eco-Friendly Sustainably jewelry is made of Stainless steel, naturally rust free & hypoallergenic.
Our Silver & Gold Plating on our stainless steel jewelry is recycled using SGS certified materials.
Our Gold Filled jewelry is made from Dead Stock Pre-Produced materials, sourced locally in Los Angeles.
Our 14K Charms are Dead Stock Pre-Produced, Recycled & Re-molded, sourced locally in Los Angeles.
Our Bagatiba product zip bags & poly bags are Recyclable & Reusable.
Our Bagatiba embossed craft paper cards are bio-degradable & compostable. Clear Plastic covers are recyclable.
Our Bagatiba Book Boxes & Mini Boxes are meant to be kept and re-used, not disposed. Book Boxes are composed of cardboard, gold foiling and silk. The small Mini Boxes are composed of cardboard & gold foiling.
***These products are BlueSign Approved, this means that the highest level of sustainability is followed at the factory level and manufacturing in regards to the cleanliness, safety of workers, and any sustainable measures needed to produce the product.
Our adhesive thermal printed packing slips and labels are Certified Compostable, Bio-Based & Non-GMO. The compostable direct thermal labels do not have a protective top coat. This is to ensure that the labels are not eco-toxic and are aligned with ASTM D6400 compostability requirements.
Our packing slips are placed on bio-degradable paper card stock.
Our smooth white OPACK Limestone packages are made from natural waste & recycled materials. 80% Calcium Carbonate and 20% Recycled Resin. Produced in Zero Pollution, Waste, Water, Trees, Acids, Bleaches or Halogens. Carbon Neutral and Solar Powered.
Our white Uline bubble mailers are made of paper & plastic bubble wrap - to recycle please separate the shipping label and bubble wrap from the paper exterior.
Our cardboard envelope mailers are card stock & water based inks. 100% recyclable as well as biodegradable, compostable, certified wood, locally fabricated with a ‘Clean Air Policy’ which means manufactures remove toxins and pollutants in the air used during the manufacturing process.
Our poly bags are 100% compostable, vegan and locally fabricated in a facility that meats EU Labour Law requirements to cut emissions as well as a ‘Clean Air Policy’ which means manufactures remove toxins and pollutants in the air used during the manufacturing process.
The ‘Triple R’ Project:
A Closed-Loop UpCycling Initiative
The ‘Triple R’ Project is an initiative created by 1201 B Studios to prioritize a vision of the future within the jewelry industry. As sustainability becomes essential for progressive thinkers, we believe that our objective to preserve the earth will start with change.
We’ve always believed one of the most beautiful things about making jewelry, aside from creating everyday essentials for stylish modern women, is the idea of innate recycling through traditions, heirloom, and the personal meaning of each piece. Jewelry can be recycled repeatedly without altering its properties, even when broken down to its truest form — and that is often where the honest sentimental value lays. Through this initiative, we’ve come to understand the jewelry industry was almost created to upcycle naturally.
In 2020, we set a goal to give new life to unwanted metal jewelry. We have created a ‘Closed-Loop Cycle’ return policy accepting all old or new metal jewelry from any brand located anywhere in the world, in trade for a 25% discount towards your next purchase with us.
The main intention of this initiative is to ‘close the loop’ of buying and discarding. In return, we want to support the circulation of these metals so they never end up in landfill or turned into waste where they can be harmful to the environment. After we’ve collected unwanted jewelry, our next order of operations is to recycle and reuse each piece appropriately. A term coined ‘UpCycling’ will then give these metals a new life in the form of regenerated jewelry, objects, and art projects to be determined by composition and decomposer of each metal.
We know that no one company is perfect, but the ‘Triple R’ Project is our promise to ‘Return, Recycle & Reuse’ while spreading awareness and reduce our carbon footprint as an entire industry.
We invite all jewelry brands to join this initiative.
We don’t think sustainability should be a secret, it should be a standard.
End of Life Scenarios for Products & Waste
Recycling is the process of recovering material from waste and turning it into new products. The original product is destroyed in this process, usually through a melting process, but it used to form new products.
Reusing a certain material means to use it again for the same purpose that it was originally made for. Sometimes a product that is being reused is referred to as being refurbished, or pre-owned. The original product is usually not altered in any significant way before being used again.
Up-cycling means to use a certain material again, but in a manner different than what it was originally intended for. The original product is left mostly intact, utilizing its shape, form, and material for a different purpose.
Closed-loop Cycling is basically a production process in which post-consumer waste is collected, recycled and used to make new products. This process can be as simple as using recycled aluminum to make new cans, or as complicated as weaving reclaimed plastic bottles into polyester for clothing and other products.
Compostable means that a product is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil. This typically must occur in about 90 days. Some companies advertise their products as merely biodegradable.
Biodegradable refers to the ability of materials to break down and return to nature. In order for packaging products or materials to qualify as biodegradable, they must completely break down and decompose into natural elements within a short time after disposal – typically a year or less.
Dead stock is often warehoused, but it can also subsequently be offered for sale and typically retains its original package and tags. We use obsolete stock and excess inventory to give new life to products.
Reducing Your Impact!
There are many ways that we, as individuals, can lessen our impact on the planet and the finite resources it contains. This list below provides a general outline of things we can all do to become more environmentally conscious consumers:
Reduce - Reduce our overall consumption of “things” in general. This can be as simple as turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth, taking shorter showers with colder water, or pacing the amount of air conditioning we use in the summer or heat in the winter. Carpooling reduces gasoline consumption and reduces the number of cars on the road. You can change most of your essential mail over to paperless; plus, many newspapers, magazines, and bills can be viewed on the internet.
Buy used products – Purchasing pre-owned materials reduces demand for raw materials, and some pre-owned products are just as functional as their newer counterparts. This will usually cost you less money as well!
Buy more durable products – Choosing a higher quality durable product over cheaper disposable alternatives is a great way to reduce consumption, and also waste.
Buy consciously – When available, purchase products that include recycled content or that have reduced environmental impacts.
Finally, ask yourself, do you actually need this product? If the answer is “no” and you forego the purchase for that reason, you’ve just made a conscious effort to reduce your environmental impact.
Certification & Verification Index
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. The full form of SGS derived from French which is called Société Générale de Surveillance. ... Some of the foreign buyers require the suppliers to get the inspection done by SGS with certificate of approval. This type of inspection helps buyers to make sure about the quality of goods as per his required parameters.
REACH Certificate of Compliance is a document certifying that a product is compliant with the EU REACH regulation. REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. ... REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals.
A Mill test report
is a certified material test report when passed is give a mill test certificate (MTC), an inspection certificate, a quality assurance
document used in the metals industry
that certifies a material's chemical and physical properties and states a product made of metal complies with an international standards organization (such as ANSI, ASME, etc.) specific standards. Mill here refers to an industry which manufactures and processes raw materials.
The Bluesign® system is a solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.
ASTM D6400 - Test for Compostability
This specification is intended to establish the requirements for labeling of materials and products, including packaging made from plastics, as "compostable in municipal and industrial composting facilities."
‘Clean Air Policy’ which means manufactures remove toxins and pollutants in the air used during the manufacturing process.
To be certified compostable packaging must make highly nutritive non-toxic soil in the testing environment. A model of product lifecycles in the Circular Economy.
A bio-based material is a material intentionally made from substances derived from living (or once-living) organisms.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative committed to helping Californians be more energy efficient, utilize more sustainable natural resources, reduce demand on the energy grid and make informed choices about their energy use at home and at work—all of which goes a long way for California.
A Certified B Corp is a for-profit corporation that has been certified by B Lab, which is a non-profit company that measures a company's social and environmental performance against the standards in the online B Impact Assessment.
We know that it’s not realistic to be 100% sustainable because there aren’t enough systems in place to allow it, but please feel free to send us any questions & feedback!