Sustainability at Michael Jones Jeweller
As a business in the “luxury” market, we have a unique opportunity to lead the way in sustainable business practices. By adopting sustainable systems, and investing in the future of the environment, we can contribute to a positive impact on society and create a better future for our planet.
We are very proud to be a carbon-neutral business. We actively balance out the amount of carbon we emit into the atmosphere with an equivalent carbon reduction by investing in renewable energy sources and external environmental projects. (Read more about Michael Jones Jeweller being carbon-neutral here).
In other words, our business makes no overall negative impact on the planet from dangerous emissions.
There are several ways that we try to reduce our carbon footprint.
Sustainable practices in the workplace:
Every business, however big or small, traditionally has a seemingly never-ending paper trail, with reams of paper being used for office bookkeeping, receipts for customers or order preparation. Years of hoarding paperwork for tax or auditing purposes has ingrained in many of us the need to have hard copies of document after document. At Michael Jones Jeweller, we have made a conscious effort to reduce printouts and photocopies where they are not needed and each of our showrooms has a well-used recycling system to dispose of excess paperwork both standard waste and confidential waste. We are happily also moving to a paperless system for much of our administration which will drastically reduce the amount of paper consumed in the business.
In other areas of our business, we have made small improvements including, installing automatic lights in common areas where possible to reduce energy consumption and reminders to turn off heating and lights around the building. We try to reuse packaging, boxes, and jiffy bags from incoming deliveries where possible to reduce the amount of recycling and have removed disposable cups in favour of reusable cups and water bottles.
We are very conscious of how much packaging is delivered to homes through online ordering and have spent time over the past few years researching and searching out the very best packaging for our online orders to reduce waste for our customers as well as ourselves. We have chosen to use unprinted unbranded cardboard boxes that are 100% recyclable and try to use paper tape rather than plastic tape to aid in the ease of recycling. We appreciate that sometimes we use large boxes for our precious deliveries and use void fill to protect the contents during transit. Don’t be alarmed, our packing filler is made of potato starch which can be composted or dissolved in water for a clean alternative to polystyrene or bubble wrap but protects your orders just as well.
The majority of the marketing for Michael Jones Jeweller is achieved via email and through our social channels. (Make sure you follow our Instagram, Facebook and/or TikTok!). Not only is this more sustainable for the environment, but it is also more instant and conversational allowing for a much more friendly approach. The exception to this is our annual mail-out which we produce in-house with a local printer and distribute to our customers by post. We have drastically reduced the size of this mailout from a large hard-backed book to a much smaller booklet which we are proud to say is fully recyclable (once you have devoured its contents!). The smaller size, aside from using much less paper and ink, is also letterbox size which means that we get fewer returns and a lower postage cost. The mail-out is also available to view online along with our mailouts from previous years which can be enjoyed with no consumables needed.
Thanks to some very keep cyclists within our company, we have implemented a cycle-to-work scheme to encourage our employees to travel to and from work on a bicycle or electric bike. This is a great scheme available to businesses to encourage their staff to improve their health and carbon footprint – more information can be found here: cyclescheme.co.uk. We also offer lift shares for employees where possible, especially on the occasions when we have late meetings or events for the safety and ease of our employees.
Shopping Online to Save the Planet
Through our website, we have teamed up with Shop Pay to support climate solutions. Simply look for the Shop Pay button when you shop online and every purchase removes carbon from the air - at no extra cost. The Shop Pay initiative funds building solutions to reverse climate change such as technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and oceans and planting trees to rejuvenate rainforests.
How can you help?
We certainly do not expect our customers to change their habits when shopping with us, we encourage you, where you can, to make environmental choices where possible.
When you purchase something from us, let us know if you would prefer the receipt sent via email rather than a physical printed copy. This is a great option if you are purchasing a gift and are worried about stray receipts or are concerned about losing the receipt. Also, do let us know if you would rather not have a jewellery box to take your item in. Many people have jewellery boxes at home and therefore do not need an individual box for your new piece of jewellery (especially if you plan on wearing it immediately!), just let us know. The same applies to our bags, many people carry reusable bags with them as a matter of habit so if you don’t need a branded bag, just let us know.
If you are driving to visit us and drive an electric car, there are several charging points close to our showrooms. They can be found here.
Otherwise, all three of our showrooms in Northampton and Banbury are close to major bus and train stations and using public transport can help reduce your personal emissions. We do understand that this is not always possible for many customers so if you are driving to see us, why not combine the trip and visit one of our local friendly independent businesses in our towns. We are very fortunate to have lots of great businesses all worth supporting. Why not treat yourself to a coffee or lunch to maximise the journey over. You won't regret it.
We firmly believe that the steps we take today to help our footprint, regardless of how big or small, will lead to a better, cleaner and healthier future for our planet and its residents.