Kerry from Hello Stud

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For the series Good Folk on this blog I have sent interview questions to some really wonderful people who are either making things, running shops, or generally promoting sustainability. I think you will enjoy reading their answers as much as I have, and I hope they inspire us all with the knowledge that there are people doing good in the world!

This interview is with designer maker Kerry Hatch from Hello Stud, expert in handcrafted eco-resin jewellery. Kerry is based in London and started Hello Stud in 2018. Here she shares with us her views on sustainability and bio resin.

How/has working sustainably impacted your non-business life?


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To me, sustainability means being able to meet our needs without compromising the ability of people to do the same in the future. That is, making sure that how we live does not negatively impact the ability of the planet to survive. I’ve followed a vegan lifestyle for the last three years & tried to adopt a ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ frame of mind.

Do you have any advice for people trying to shop more ethically?


Making small changes like buying loose veg, supporting environmentally conscious businesses, spending more on an item which will last, shopping local and just trying to buy less stuff!
Everything you do matters, regardless of how small. Educate yourself on the facts, increase your awareness of the issues and start by making small changes that will soon become second nature.

 

What is the most challenging thing about the materials that you work with?


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When I started Hello Stud, I wanted to ensure the products I make have the least environmental impact as possible. I chose to use Bio-Resin which is made with renewable plant-based carbon, in place of traditional petroleum-based carbon. This process reduces the environmental impact through a reduction in CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, producing less byproducts and reducing power and water consumption. The resin itself can be super temperamental and takes at least 24 hours to cure before you can take it out of the mould, sometimes longer if a lot of pigment is mixed in!


Can you recommend any other makers or businesses that work in an ethical or sustainable way?


Otter Candle Co
Kind Jewellery
Say Cheese

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