This is part of our ongoing series, where we look at what you need to know about earrings and what you can buy today.
1 of 4 The first thing you want to know when buying earrings is whether they’re made from recycled materials, or not.
The industry has come under fire for using toxic materials to produce earrings that are supposed to look as good as they sound.
While there are no rules about which materials can be recycled, many brands say that they use recyclable materials to make their earrings, and some of the most popular brands, including L’Oréal and Burberry, have pledged to donate the material to the environment.
The materials used in earrings are sourced from around the world, and most are sourced through recycling companies, like Sustain, that are not recognised by the Australian Government.
Sustain is a global organisation that collects, analyses and distributes recyclables around the globe, and is also a partner in the company that makes the earrings we see here.
But earrings from companies such as Burberry and L’Oreal are also recycled.
According to Sustain’s data, the majority of earrings produced in Australia are recycled, and the majority are made from recyclible materials.
According to the Sustainable Australia report , which focuses on the recycling of waste and recycling the environment, in 2015, the amount of waste made in Australia amounted to 3.8 billion kilograms of waste, and this amount will rise to 7.2 billion kilograms in 2035.
“The waste we produce is recycled, we just have to take that into account,” Sustain CEO Paul Smith told the ABC.
This is not the first time earrings have been criticised for being environmentally destructive.
In 2013, Sustain wrote a report called The Ethical Dilemma for Earrings, where it argued that “many manufacturers and brands are failing to meet the sustainability requirements of the World Health Organisation” by not using materials that were recyclably sourced, such as plastic and glass.
But it was the first report to highlight that earrings were often produced using the most toxic materials, such a lead-based paint.
“When we look in the report, we see the highest levels of lead in ear rings, with almost all of the lead coming from lead-acid batteries, which is highly toxic,” Mr Smith said.
He said it was “pretty easy” to make the material that was recycled and reused, but “the next step up the food chain, where the products are being used as raw materials for making things, is going to be a lot more difficult”.
Mr Smith said it would be “difficult” to find sustainable alternatives to these products, but suggested that the use of these materials was something that could be avoided.
However, he said that it would not be easy for earrings to be made from reusable materials.
“It’s not just about recycling, it’s about how the products have to be re-used,” he said.
“In terms of the manufacturing process, there are some techniques that can be used that are more environmentally friendly.
We’ve looked at the recycling, and there are technologies that can do things like using recycled glass to make earrings.
I think that those technologies are going to play a huge role in helping to mitigate the impact of toxic materials.”
Read more about earring pollution:In the video above, you can see how the L’ Oréal company was recently awarded the Green Technology Award for their sustainable earrings design.
The design was inspired by an article in the Wall Street Journal, which looked at a study which suggested that plastic earrings could be recycled at a rate of 60 per cent.
L’ Orèal has said that they would donate the materials to the Australian Green Technology Awards, which are designed to support environmentally sustainable industries.
Read more: The company has also said that its earrings will no longer use plastic, which has been criticised by environmental campaigners.
Some consumers have also criticised the earring’s use of recycled glass.
Earlier this month, the Australian Consumer Law Reform Commission called for more information on the issue.
As part of the Green technology award, L’ Oreal announced that they will be donating 50 per cent of their earring sales to the World Green Technology Alliance.
In the same report, the group said that recycled glass was a “clean, sustainable alternative” to plastic earring earrings which were being used to make up about 60 per in their packaging.
Read moreAbout the author:Laura Ketchum is a writer and broadcaster who has worked as a producer, writer, journalist and social commentator for several years.