Vieso beads and stones are ethically and locally sourced. All my high end pieces are made with 14k gold filled and sterling silver. Not only will they last years (a great investment + minimizes the need to purchase mass produced jewelry), I save every bit of wire scraps and send them back to my supplier which then is melted back down to be recycled. I am conscious of my packaging, assuring that they can either be recycled, are biodegradable, or it is not in any way excessive to limit waste.