"The Precious Metals Workshop acknowledges the importance of its footprint (or our sphere of operation) and the mark it leaves on the environment. The affects, realised or not, have an impact all who interact with the PMW, be it as a client, customer, business relation, student member, maker and any other being, human or living creature. Consequently it is not only in our interest to act responsibly but also our duty to do to by way of example for others to follow. While we understand the task to be 100% environmentally friendly is outwith our ability, we will monitor and revise our actions, dealings and decisions and the affects they have in turn in our sphere of operation with a look to continually improve where we can. "
For a more in-depth insight into our ethical journey, please see our blog each month on what we are doing and how we are doing it. Our intention is to be a leader in responsible workshops for everyone to see, understand and learn from to inspire them in their own responsible direction. It is, at this point in our place as a people, almost impossible to be 100% environmentally friendly, or to at least know that we are operating so. For example, we don't know how each and every component of every machine that we use was made and the positive or negative affects its production has in the environment. The plastics, glass, wood and metals in our computer equipment, cars, workshop tools, furniture lights and everything else, its just not realistic to currently operate with everything being sourced at the very least carbon neutral. But it's something to aim for. We are not perfect, we will get things wrong and make mistakes, but we will learn from our errors and keep moving forward in an ethically positive and environmentally productive way. If you see us doing something that you think we can do better, or improve in any way that has a benefit to people and the environment, please do let us know. Below are some of the things that we have done here at the PMW to make the world a better place.
Ready, Steady, Jewel!
Every business today has a duty to operate responsibly, there is no excuse to conduct ourselves in any other way. The PMW prides itself on its ethical decisions ad directions. Where possible we like to give to various different charities and brilliant organisations. For three years, 2010 - 2012, we ran a great project called "Ready, Steady, Jewel!" that not only showcased young up and coming makers but raised over £10,000 various good causes. RSJ was based on the format of "Ready, Steady, Cook" but we used jewellers instead of chefs! Each maker had a shopping basket for precious metals and gemstones and 8 hours in the Precious Metals Workshop to make their item. After its completion, the work wet on display in the prestigious Hamilton and Inches of Edinburgh before going to auction, where all proceeds went to charity. Below are the works that was produced over the 3 years. Our Facebook page is still live - click here