Retailers Learn to Go Green

Green is the undisputed buzzword of the moment. Businesses from automotive to plumbing to, of course, fashion and jewelry, are “going green”—working to create a culture of environmental responsibility—in an effort to safeguard the earth. While the jewelry industry has much work to do before proclaiming itself completely eco-friendly, many jewelers are taking preliminary steps, such as conservation and recycling, toward environmental responsibility. The following is a summary of how some of your retail and manufacturing peers are helping to save the earth. Recycling Many jewelry stores that JCK interviewed claimed to recycle a multitude of materials, including paper, cardboard boxes, plastic, ink cartridges, aluminum, and more. “We’re doing little things, nothing monumental,” says Rick McElvaine, president, Maxon’s Diamond Merchants, Springfield, Mo. For Steve Rambo, p

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