PANDORA

Materials

At PANDORA, we recognise that mining and processing of metals and stones are associated with adverse environmental impact. A 2016 study conducted for PANDORA by the environmental cost consultancy, Trucost, sought to quantify and value the hidden positive and negative consequences of different materials used in our manufacturing, by calculating the financial cost of environmental damage (such as health costs 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. When it comes to silver and gold, using recycled sources reduces the environmental cost by more than 95%. We always strive to minimise our environmental impact on the planet. In 2017, as part of our efforts to advance social and environmentally responsible sourcing practices, 74% of all gold grains used in the crafting at our facilities in Thailand originated from recycled sources. The remaining 26% originated from virgin material from certified conflict-free refineries.

In terms of silver, 97% of the silver grains used in the crafting at our facilities in Thailand originated from recycling in 2017. The remaining 3% originated from virgin materials supplied by certified members of the RJC or LBMA.
 
Read the full Trucost study

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