Amphi began as a pre-order model, meaning that they could test which styles to eventually go into full production with, lessening the overall wastage and ensuring that they weren’t over ordering. All base metals have been made from 100% recycled sterling silver; the emissions produced from this are one third compared to mined silver. For the gold coating, Amphi looked into recycled gold but after research, discovered the enslaved nature of how new mines operate. Instead, they have chosen to use Fairmined
gold instead – although the emissions are higher than recycled, this way they are able to have a positive impact on the miners in question, who are paid fairly and work in safe conditions with no child labour being used.
Amphi consider lifecycle of the product by ensuring to use
recycled silver that can easily be re-recycled at the end of life. Limited stock is ordered to ensure low waste, with an aim towards a zero waste policy when it comes to stock. All packaging is recycled, recyclable and decomposable. Amphi admit that they have further to go, and are looking to focus on circularity
By using recycled silver for the base metal, this completely
eradicates not only the amount of water that mining requires, but also any risk of water contamination within the mining process. By using Fairmined gold, this ensures the gold comes from small-scale operations with low environmental impact, with safe and reduced handling of chemicals or chemical-free extraction and protection of water supplies.
Amphi’s main fully Sedex audited factory is based in Thailand,
where staff are paid the real living wage as opposed to the minimum required. For the small percentage that are not paid this wage, this is due to them being at the very beginning of their career in apprentice level roles. Benefits at this factory also include paid maternity, pension contribution, fixed working hours not going above 45 a week, fixed annual holiday allowance, bonuses, and 250% pay if required to work over weekends. Plating occurs in the UK, with the gold being sourced via Fairmined which validate fair living wages and working conditions. The platers are a small team based in the Cotswolds.