At PANDORA, we recognise that mining and processing of metals and stones are associated with adverse environmental impact. A recent study performed for PANDORA by the environmental cost consultancy Trucost, sought to quantify and value the hidden positive and negative externalities of different materials used in our manufacturing. The study calculates the financial cost of environmental damage (such as health cost associated with pollution) to society from various materials and crafting methods. The study revealed that using recycled precious metals and man-made stones significantly reduces the environmental cost compared to mined materials due to less environmental damage.  

The Trucost study revealed
that when it comes to silver and gold, using recycled sources reduces the environmental cost with more than 95%. We want to minimise our environmental impact on the planet. As part of our efforts to advance social and environmentally responsible sourcing practices, 86% of all gold grains used in the crafting at our Thai facilities in 2016 originated from recycled sources. The remaining 14% originated from virgin material from certified conflict free refineries.

When it comes to silver, 91% of the silver grains used in the crafting at our Thai facilities in 2016 originated from recycling. The remaining 9% originated from virgin materials supplied by certified members of the RJC. Thus, PANDORA can guarantee that the vast majority of our silver is environmentally friendly compared to virgin material.
Read the full Trucost study
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