Carbon Neutral and Sustainable Living
While pearl farming is wonderful for the environment, it’s under threat from climate change, which raises the temperatures of the world’s oceans and changes the conditions that pearl growing oysters live in. We are committed to doing our bit to help, and we offset our carbon footprint by funding sustainable development projects around the world.
What is CARBONNEUTRAL®?
Because we care about our planet, and because of the clear link between pearl farming and the environment, we work with Natural Capital Partners to offset the carbon emissions created in making our jewellery and packaging. This helps us meet our target for zero emissions, which is revised and updated regularly to reflect the changing requirements of both science and business. When you buy our beautiful jewellery in a beautiful box, you can feel good about knowing that they don’t add to the carbon burden of our planet.
What carbon neutral projects do we sponsor?
Each year at Jersey Pearl, we take a vote on the projects we’d like to sponsor to offset our carbon footprint. There are always many to choose from, but they all have one thing in common: they make a real difference to the environment and sustainability globally. These are the kinds of projects we love to invest in:
2019 - Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, Indonesia
This carbon neutral programme contributes to UN sustainable development goals in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. This country has the largest number of threatened mammal species in the world, including the endangered Borneo Orangutan, making biodiversity conservation a key aim. With GPS-linked mobile phones, data is collected during field surveys for biodiversity monitoring. By minimising land use change, the project also helps prevent downstream flooding. It trains communities to make and sell inexpensive water filters so that clean drinking water is accessible to all. Community centres have also been established to supply news, radio communication facilities, libraries, and social and agricultural training programmes – affecting more than 2,000 households within the project area.
2018 - Longwangtan Hydro Power Project, China
This project creates clean energy in the Guizhou Province in south west China, with the construction of a hydro power station to replace the traditional and unreliable fossil-fuel alternatives. The development of renewable energy supplies in China has local and global benefits. Most electricity in China is generated using coal, so this hydro power facility helps to directly reduce local atmospheric pollution. The reliability of this new power supply benefits local communities, bringing a better quality of life to people.