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Sustainability & the Environment

Reduce Waste, Conserve Energy: Embrace Circular Economy

beehive-chickens-fruit-trees-garden promote Sustainability & support the Environment

A positive boost to sustainability and the environment! March, 2024 saw the second phase of WA’s Plan for Plastics coming into effect on Friday 1st, with a ban on single-use, non-compostable coffee cups and unlidded food trays. More plastic items are scheduled in the Plan from September 1st 2024 and consumers are encouraged to take their own take-away cups, water bottles, food containers and cutlery.

Protect the Environment: Promote Sustainability

When you purchase and item from MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery, much of the packaging may consist of reused wrapping paper, recycled boxes, or padded mailing bags, both to keep down the costs and to reduce waste. It may not make for an Instagram worthy unboxing experience, but stops waste at the source and helps improve sustainability and the environment through Circular Economy 

New packaging materials used at MaxineFaye handcrafted Jewellery are eco-friendly, sustainable, home compostable, plant-based, recyclable, and plastic free.

Protect the Environment: Promote Sustainability

Put your R’s on the Line: There is no Plan(et) B

  • REDUCE consumption of materials
    • REFUSE – do I really need it, can I borrow it
    • RE-GIFT – donate to a charity, join a community gifting group
  • REUSE – use a keep-cup, take your own shopping bag, water bottle, cutlery
    • REPAIR – can it be repaired, join a local Repair Café
    • REPURPOSE – can it be remodelled, what do I have that can be used instead?
  • RECYCLE/UPCYCLE– visit your local Council for where/when/how to recycle specific items
    • batteries, paints, chemicals, white-goods, computer, and printers
    • ROT – food scraps and suitable garden waste
      • Add to the compost bin, or worm farm/worm tower
      • start a no-dig lasagne or hügelkultur garden bed,
      • feed it to the chickens

Chooks are a lot of fun and a great way to recycle food scraps

The back garden follows a general permaculture / no dig practice. Vegetables and herbs which benefit from shade sit under fruit trees and shrubs, while the heat loving plants find their spots on the edges of the gardens.  The garden environment isn’t always tidy (who am I kidding – it is seldom tidy) but the birds, bees, bugs and butterflies seem to enjoy it.

The chooks haven’t read the “no dig” agreement though!  They dispose of kitchen waste and reward us with eggs, so are forgiven.  When they eventually stop laying, they enjoy their retirement foraging around the back yard, until it’s time for them to go to the great chicken run in the sky.  Then they are buried and become compost for the next generation of garden plants. 

I could never eat them…in fact years ago I bought a frozen free-range chicken to cook for dinner but the thought of it made me so sad that I buried it out the back (uncooked) and dinner wasn’t what the family had expected.

Recycling other organic materials support the Environment

The chooks share their run with a couple of compost tumblers, a worm tower and a worm farm. Anything the chooks don’t eat can be added to one of these. The reward for a little effort is less waste sent to landfill, and rich compost to add to the garden beds and improve the environment.

Bee Hive and Insect Hotels

Hubby had a Flow® Hive and it was amazing to watch the different coloured honey being harvested from adjoining cells. This depended on what plants were in bloom when the bees were out collecting pollen. Unfortunately, after he had a severe allergic reaction to a sting, and even with the EpiPen® I wasn’t comfortable having him work in their environment.  The hive has now been added to our daughter’s Apiary.

He has two insect hotels in the front yard for the local bugs and native bees.  These aren’t for honey, but to encourage the predatory insects to stay in the garden, protect it from pests and pollinate the plants.

What are your hints and tips on sustainability and way to reduce consumption of materials.

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Harmony Necklace gemstone necklace original design by MaxineFaye Handcrafted Jewellery

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Bibra Lake bird hide on western side of reserve an inspiration for colours and textures

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Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

MaxineFaye Jewellery: Handcrafted in Western Australia

The combinations of colour, texture and the “feel” of the beads inspire my original designs and as a beaded jewellery artisan I love working with colour and light,  The unique shapes and colour combinations of lamp-work and art-glass, the precision and sparkle of Swarovski crystal and the organic feel of semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and metals are all considered in my designs.

MaxineFaye Jewellery: Handcrafted in Western Australia

MaxineFaye Jewellery: The Evolution of a Dream

Beaded Jewellery has become an obsession

I took a beaded jewellery course at a local Recreation Centre and was hooked immediately.  I have always been crafty and have dabbled in Folk Art, Macramé, Decoupage, Lead-lighting, Woodwork and many other forms of creativity.  But being able to design and create beautiful Jewellery with the colours and stones I love is amazing.

I have been honoured with awards for my beadwork and enjoy the excitement of the challenge.  Using materials or techniques that I wouldn’t generally incorporate in my designs is a great way to stimulate the creative juices. Seeing other people enjoying and wearing my designs is very exciting and I love receiving testimonials from my happy customers.

Bespoke and commissioned work, repairs and remodelling of customers’ existing pieces and classes are other services I offer.  Contact me to arrange an appointment.

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The Environment is another passion

Much of my packaging is recycled or compostable.  Both to keep down the costs and to reduce waste. Some of my beaded jewellery designs use recycled or up-cycled materials.  This is always clearly indicated in the description of the piece.

Our house is set up as energy saving as we are able.  We use solar energy, water saving devises, an inline water filter for the whole house. LED lighting, ceiling fans for both relief in summer and to keep the heat down during winter further reduce the running costs.

The garden follows a general permaculture / no dig practice. We harvest our own avocado, citrus and other fruit and vegetables. Vegetables and herbs which benefit from shade sit under some shrubs, while the heat loving plants find their spots on the edges of the gardens.  The garden isn’t always tidy, (who am I kidding – it is seldom tidy) but the bees and butterflies (and children) seem to enjoy it.

The chooks have yet to read the “no dig” agreement though!  They help dispose of the kitchen waste and reward us with eggs, so are generally forgiven.  When they stop laying, they enjoy their retirement foraging around the back yard.  We could never eat them.

Hubby has recently set up some native beehives in the front yard.  These aren’t for honey, but to encourage them to stay in the garden to protect it from pests and to help pollinate the plants.

Chickens in the backyard environment at MaxineFaye Handcrafted Jewellery

Family, Friends & Community

Friends, family and community are important parts of my life.  I donate Gift Vouchers, Jewellery items and Class Certificates to assist Community Groups with their fund-raising.  I attend Community events where visitors (young and young-at-heart) can make their own beaded sun-catchers.

Suncatcher brooch decoration bug dragonfly butterfly classes at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery Bibra Lake Western Australia

You can view and purchase my designs online, at selected events and exhibitions in and around Perth, Western Australia or from the Bibra Lake studio (by appointment).

Due to my attention to detail, adding extras like crimp covers and wire guardians, all my original designs come with a 12-month workmanship guarantee.

Check if you are eligible to receive free postage within Australia when you purchase online, or arrange to Click’n’Collect for FREE local pick-up from Bibra Lake.

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What are your passions?

Do you have a favourite hobby? Is there a cause you are passionate about? I would love to know what things you enjoy.  What makes you want to leap out of bed in the morning?