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5 Cute and Sustainable Jewelry Pieces Yogis Will Love

Perfect as gifts for friends or for yourself—these upcycled pieces are trendy and environmentally friendly.

Green sustainable jewelry

Perfect as gifts for friends or for yourself—these upcycled pieces are trendy and environmentally friendly.

With the upcycling trend gaining momentum among jewelry makers, more accessories are now crafted with materials getting a second chance at life. The result: less clutter in landfills, and more beautiful feel-good baubles. “It is important for the environment,” says Forrest Curran, founder of Purple Buddha Project, which makes necklaces, bracelets, and bangles from bullet shells and other munitions used in the Cambodian and Laotian civil wars. “People in Cambodia can’t expand the land for farming because of bombs under the ground. Disarming and clearing the bombs allows for subsistence farming, the most basic of human economic actions.” Below, four statement pieces inspired by sustainability.

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Jewelry for a Cause

In Gratitude malas

These malas are handcrafted in Uganda from recycled newspaper, barkcloth beads, and natural plant dye.

($60, jewelryforacause.net)

Purple Buddha Project

Om Bracelets and Bangles

The bracelets are made from discarded bullet casings and bombshells, and every purchase helps clear 3 cubic meters of bomb-littered land in Cambodia and Laos.

($35 each, purplebuddhaproject.com)

Alkemie Jewelry

Sage Cuff

This cuff is made by a husband-and-wife team in Los Angeles who use 100 percent reclaimed metal and donate 3 percent of each sale to the Seva Foundation or Save The Children.

($209, alkemiejewelry.com)

Upcycled Jewelry Shop on Etsy

Earrings

This Etsy retailer crafts earrings from computer hard drives that are RoHS compliant, meaning they contain no lead, cadmium, or toxic heavy metals.

($25 for earrings, etsy.com/shop/upcycledjewelry)

Upcycled Jewelry Shop on Etsy

Rings

This Etsy retailer crafts rings from old circuit boards that are RoHS compliant, meaning they contain no lead, cadmium, or toxic heavy metals.

($18 per ring, etsy.com/shop/upcycledjewelry)