Italian Acetate- Our "Tortoise" earrings are handmade from Italian Acetate, made and imported from Italy. Our Italian Acetate is high quality and non-petroleum based. Cellulose acetate is a natural and renewable material, providing an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum based material.
The name "Tortoise" in our earrings is only to describe the material pattern. We do not use actual tortoise shells or other animal parts to produce our jewelry.
We are evolving our shipping materials to be as eco-friendly as possible. While we have not perfected it, we have new packaging in the works that will be available in early spring/summer '19. Regarding our use of plastic: Our plastic is #2 plastic and can be recycled easily in your home bin. It is often re-purposed as composite lumber. Why do we use plastic? To protect your jewelry from being scratched and damaged during order fulfillment and shipping.