LOW IMPACT

Our mission is to create high quality products with the lowest possible impact

Our sustainability program, the Low Impact Project, adopts a holistic approach aiming to lower the impact across all operations. We believe sustainable development practices are about balancing social, environmental and economic principles in the core strategy and operations of our company. We want to proactively contribute to reducing the impact of the major environmental challenges our planet is facing. We wish to meet these challenges head on, driving innovation and positive change for the benefit of our customers, employees and industry as a whole.

Low Impact

Each piece of jewellery is made with longevity in mind, from design through prototyping, development and final production. We value natural resources and aim to be carbon conscious at every step of the process. Our low impact strategy is largely focused on excellent craftsmanship, increased traceability of materials and accelerating the use of recycled metals, all while ensuring ethical, sustainable and transparent business practice throughout our supply chain.  

Low Impact Report 2021

We are proud to be among the first Norwegian fashion brands to calculate and share our footprint, both enabling a data-driven strategy for footprint reduction but also empowering our customers to make informed decisions about their purchases.

The results of the report have provided us with an insight into the emission hotspots in our climate impact, and provides a basis for setting priorities in our sustainability journey. To learn more about all our sustainability initiatives.

Company policies

We promote the adoption of the highest social standards across our supply chain requiring all suppliers to adhere to the principles expressed in our Supplier Agreement and our Code of Conduct. Our supplier code of conduct is based on ILO Conventions, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In addition, we have added a Child Labor policy and an Animal Welfare policy.

Responsible production

We are a proud member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the leading authority for sustainability standards in the global watch and jewellery industry. The RJC promotes responsible practices in environmental impact awareness, ethics and fair working conditions throughout the supply chain. 

All our main jewellery manufacturers are certified members of the RJC, having obtained the RJC Code of Practices (COP) certification. The COP certification is the only industry standard covering the entire supply chain from start to finish of the jewelry production process. With a high focus on business ethics and responsible supply chain management, it is widely recognized as a global landmark standard.

Transparency

Transparency is the first step toward more sustainable supply chains. Only through openness can we learn, analyze the risks and mitigate them. Tom Wood is committed to transparency and traceability in raw material sourcing and continues to work collaboratively with industry organizations and our suppliers to promote best practices across our entire supply chain.

We encourage our customers to make informed decisions about their purchases. We believe in providing as much information pertaining to every step in our supply chain as possible. To that end, we maintain full transparency regarding our suppliers, environmental initiatives, fair labor practices, and ethical business standards.

Recycled metals

Silver and gold are the most utilized metals in our jewellery and therefore the most impactful place to start our journey towards circularity. As gold and silver are renewable resources, they can be recycled repeatedly without losing value or purity. We are committed to using only recycled silver and gold by the end of 2023.

A complete switch to recycled silver and gold will reduce our carbon footprint and water usage along with other environmental and social impacts. Our carbon accounting team found that recycled silver is 10 times less carbon intensive than conventional silver and recycled gold 25 less carbon intensive than conventional gold.

Tom Wood Lab

Although we have a deep appreciation for traditional jewellery development techniques, we see that our industry is in need of innovative solutions to evolve, become more efficient and lower the impact on our environment. In 2020, we built a lab in order to take part of our jewellery development in-house. Our lab consists of two 3D printers and a laser engraving machine.
Frequently asked Questions

We published our first sustainability report for 2021, giving us a foundation to measure progress on our sustainability initiatives. Tracking our emissions also allows us to better prioritize our efforts, as we want to spend the most time reducing emissions in our most carbon intensive categories. Find the report on our website to learn more.

Reports show that there is more gold circulating above earth than we will be able to extract from mines. As gold and silver can be recycled and repurposed, all the gold and silver we need already exists. In addition, utilizing recycled metals also has a significantly lower environmental impact, with our climate impact analysis revealing that recycled silver is 10 times less carbon intensive than conventional silver, and recycled gold 25 times less carbon intensive than conventional gold.

Our packaging was redesigned and launched in 2021, with a high focus on recycled and certified materials as well as space effectiveness. Our most utilized packaging product is our jewellery box, made with certified Social Plastic® from Plastic Bank. All our paper packaging, from shopping bags to shipping boxes, are FSC certified and recyclable. Read more about the emissions of our packaging in our sustainability report.  

Supply chain transparency is a fundamental component of ethical jewellery production. That is why since January 1st 2021 we’ve shared our suppliers on our website so that our customers can know where our products are produced. In addition to that, we will yearly report on all aspects of our supply chain due diligence. 

Although gold and silver are shiny and sparkly, they are also soft metals. This makes them susceptible to scratches and dents. Be mindful of your jewellery and remove them in instances they may be harmed. For example we recommend taking off jewelry when washing your hands, putting on lotion or while working out or playing sports. For our full jewellery care guide, click here.

We recommend storing your jewellery in a dry place, preferably individually in the accompanied Tom Wood jewellery box or pouch bag as this prevents wear and tear. This could also help avoid the jewellery from exposure to direct sunlight. Do not keep your jewellery in the bathroom as jewellery, as humidity, makeup, perfume and hairspray may dull the finish of your jewellery and could cause discoloration or oxidation.

Jewellery can most often be repaired and refurbished. At Tom Wood, we champion a repair over replace mentality. Visit our store to get help, or contact your local jeweller.

While solid gold and silver jewellery are resilient to fading, plated jewellery will naturally fade over time. How fast depends on usage and care. But don’t worry, jewellery can be re-plated by a jeweller. Visit our store to get help with this, or contact your local jeweller.

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