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Recycled Elements: Traditional Jewelry Gets an Eco-Friendly Makeover

Looking for alternative ways to recycle your beer bottles? I have good news.

The colorful piece of glass, once destined for a dump, can actually be incorporated into handcrafted designer jewelry. San Francisco based designer, Stefanie Wolf has decided to give traditional jewelery an eco-friendly makeover. Frustrated by the limited availability of gemstones that are guaranteed as ethically sourced, she recently turned her attention to a completely renewable resource: recycled glass.

Stefanie Wolf started her jewelry company as a good excuse for some healthy creative expression. Today, Stefanie Wolf Designs is a small, socially conscious jewelry company, which produces eye-catching jewelery from recycled materials. Her Recycled Elements line is made from recycled glass and reclaimed sterling silver from old jewelry that has been melted down, and from chemical processes such as film developing that leaves a silver byproduct. Stefanie is now working on new lines utilizing fair trade silver, vintage trade beads and locally mined and cut stones. Talk about being resourceful!

A healer by nature, Stefanie believes that since the beginning of recorded time, men and women have worn gemstones for their beauty, power and sheer endurance rather than just for pure adornment. Her commitment to healing extends beyond her personal needs to those of the planet. Stefanie’s business practices are all all about conservation and giving back to the community.

Check out Recycled Elements at multiple San Francisco weekend events. The out-of-towners can even purchase her jewelry online at

Written by Reenita Malhotra

Reenita Malhotra Hora is an Ayurveda clinician, entrepreneur, writer and mom. Her experience has ranged from running Ayoma, an Ayurveda business to running a natural health practice at San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center.

Reenita is a published author of two books books about health and wellness: ‘Ayurveda - the Natural Medicine of India’ and
‘Inner Beauty’. She is also the Editor for Green Options Media's business blogs and a freelance writer for a variety of print and web publications.

In quieter moments, she likes to spend her time hiking, swimming the warm seas, cooking with the family or writing fantasy fiction adventure stories for kids from from 2 to 92.

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