Aquafarming, fairly-mined jewellery & rainforest sugar: 3 new Provenance members

Each week at Provenance we welcome new businesses onto our platform, each looking to communicate their product origin, journey & impact to their customers in an open way. We will now be regularly showcasing these businesses, posting here on our blog as well as on social media, giving you an opportunity to get a closer look at what these businesses are doing.

AKUA: Could farmed seagreens be the future for a plant-based cuisine?

Farmed sugar kelp being pulled on board

AKUA’s new range of snacks harvest ocean seagreens off the coast of Maine in the United States – even managing to turn sugar kelp into jerky. They are pursuing a form of agriculture that doesn’t require freshwater or pesticides. By avoiding the environmental impacts of land based agriculture they are establishing a new aquaculture’.

The Wild Bunch: What if wild rainforest harvesting could replace large monoculture plantations?

A farmer amongst the rich and varied rainforest of Borneo

The Wild Bunch are working with local farmers in Indonesia to create products that range from rainforest sugar to Illipe butter. This means farmers have a new form of sustainable income that also helps maintain healthy existing ecosystems. In a country where recent progress has been made to reduce forest loss by 70%, businesses like this are contributing to this positive trend.

ANUKA Jewellery: Can precious metals be sourced sustainably?

Crafting a new piece at the workbench in Chester, UK

“Lots of brands are saying they’re sustainable, have lots of claims, but they’re not necessarily true in those claims. How do you set yourself apart from those? I want every step of the supply chain to be completely transparent. ”

Francesca Kippax, Founder, ANUKA Jewellery

ANUKA Jewellery are creating bespoke pieces in the UK using precious metals sourced from artisan Fairmined registered mines. These mines have achieved a low environmental impact, particularly through reduced use of mercury that keep local water sources clean. This is part of a trend in an industry that is recognising the importance of being open about where materials come from in a bid to build trust with shoppers.

We look forward to working with these businesses to help them be more transparent and communicate this to their customers using Provenance. Do you know a business interested in being more transparent? Get in touch.