A jewelry maker in Petaluma, CA is taking discarded appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers, and making pendants, wristbands and earrings. Tarma Designs uses recycled stainless steel to create a collection of jewelry with natural shapes and depictions of outdoor activities for both men and women.The idea came to Californian Sky George while she was taking a five-week solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail last year. “During my trek in California’s more remote wilderness, I realized that health, family and our environment were the most important values to me.” She returned home and launched Tarma Designs which exclusively uses recycled metals for jewelry.The products are sold in Whole Foods Markets and a number of independently owned outdoor shops.
Above, an example of jewelry made from recycled refrigerator parts.
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