Everything I do here at Lyra & Atlas takes the planet, our Earth, into account. Every. Little. Decision. Even at home, we live a vegan lifestyle, use minimal plastic and reuse as much as we can - right down to reusable nappies for our children and learning to forage the land for food and medicines whilst leaving no trace of our being there.
All cotton used in creations by Lyra & Atlas is recycled cotton (even scraps are put to use) and most of the time, colour used will be created here in my kitchen from carefully gathered plants and other natural materials. For more wearable pieces, hemp is used - though this is not coloured by my hand - the carbon warrior of plants (the benefits of hemp on our planet are incredible)
The branches are collected very carefully from the garden in which I grew up, the same space in which my children now enjoy the elements, and only when the trees need pruning. Occasionally we bring a few sticks home from woodland walks (which are left to dry out for weeks and weeks - no chemicals used on these branches) but only if the woodland floor is abundant with rich material for the Earth to absorb.
I have quite an affinity with the wood I use - especially the willow which was planted the same year I was born.
As a small business and using the small amount of crystals I do, I source crystals through a family owned wholesale company and occasionally other trusted small businesses. I am in regular contact with all of the above and no question is ever too big for them to answer.
The wholesaler I use visit the mines as often as they can and are extremely knowledgeable about the stones and their origins. I have full trust in their practice and their ethical statement.
The packaging I use is always either recycled or recyclable. From pieces of material which are no longer used to brown paper, but also bubble wrap which myself, friends and family have received and kept for another use. Often the outer package itself isn't the prettiest, but I can assure you it is packed with love!