So many of us cannot start our day without coffee. That cup of java is a vital pick-me-upper. But did you know it can be recycled into jewelry? UK metal smith Rosalie McMillan shows how something we view as fit for only the compost heap can be turned into something beautiful. Her handmade Java Ore collection is made with gold vermeil, recycled or fair trade sterling silver combined with Çurface, a beautiful unusual material derived from recycled coffee grounds.
Rosalie has a passion for sustainability. As you can see her designs are geometric, angular and ultra modern. She said her "focus is on creating inspirational luxury pieces through reinventing beautiful overlooked materials like coffee grounds, transforming them into striking contemporary pieces of quality and craftsmanship that will intrigue and delight."
Being in the UK was an advantage as she was able to connect with Reworked, a British non profit industrial design and product manufacturing company that invests in green technology and social enterprise. Their Çurface product is made from compressed recycled coffee grounds and post-consumer polystyrene cups. It is typically used as a surface material like a counter top or in furniture.
She also donates 10% of profits to Coffee Kids (organization helps the children of coffee farmers)
Before You Go:
- Amazing Recycled Nespresso Cup Jewelry by Kathleen Nowak Tucci
- Fun Coffee Cup Polymer Clay Earrings Tutorial
- Recycled Coffee Capsule Jewelry Tutorials
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