Borrow jewellery, refresh your look and only buy what you love! Meet Tamsin Ivy Gordon the founder of Glitzbox who is shaking up the way you discover and buy jewellery

I am very excited to feature the amazing female entrepreneur Tamsin Ivy Gordon and her innovative business, Glitzbox!

Glitzbox is the UK’s first jewellery rental subscription set to revolutionise the way women buy and discover jewellery. The idea is based on the business model of “access economy” a type of business built on the sharing of resources. More popularly known as the sharing economy, the access economy suggests that “access” to goods and services may be more desirable than “ownership” of them. The result, in theory, is a lower environmental and cultural burden through mass consumption.

Glitzbox is all about giving the customers a choice! They can borrow and wear the items for a month which they can then return for someone else to enjoy (prepaid return slips included in the box). Alternatively, they can buy anything they love using the Glitzcredit discount.

I talked to Tamsin Ivy about her business, why renting jewellery can be the answer to fast fashion and the challenges she faces along the way.

What prompt you to create glitzbox?

“I created Glitzbox as a way to connect the offline and online experience of buying jewellery. I felt there were so many talented up-and-coming designers out there, but that customers were struggling to find them online. When they did find pieces they liked they were unsure about ordering higher priced items without seeing them first in person and then ended up going for established brands they trusted. Unfortunately, emerging designers don’t often have a retail space where you can go in and try pieces on so this was also a barrier to discovering these designers.”

Why renting jewellery?

“I believe that in the fast-fashion world we live in we are expected to regularly update our style and wardrobe. Newness is pushed on us from every angle and it can be not only expensive to keep up but also really wasteful. I too enjoy the excitement of trialling new trends and the novelty of wearing a new piece of jewellery or pair of shoes. So I wanted to offer that but in a more sustainable way. Jewellery is the perfect item to join the access economy because the pieces we use are long lasting and durable so can be worn again and again without ruining. It’s like modern vintage jewellery. Quality pieces are meant to last so you can enjoy them for a month and then send them back for someone else to enjoy. You don’t pay the full value of the item so you save money but still get new pieces to wear all the time. I hope it will encourage people to invest in pieces that they truly love and simply rent the rest! I also think that is the direction lots of industries have gone in (music, movies, clothing etc) and many others will follow!”

How important for the success of the brand are the artisans and the designers you work with?

I have worked with about 20 different designers since starting Glitzbox and it’s been such an exciting experience sharing the concept with the industry and trying to make a service that positively impacts their business. So far all the brands I’ve worked with have been founded by females, which is unusual in a traditionally male-dominated jewellery industry. This wasn’t a conscious choice at first I was just drawn to inspirational and talented women creating jewellery and they were excited by and believed in the Glitzbox concept. I love working with designers and connecting them with new loyal customers who offer valuable feedback and potential sales opportunities. Without the founding brands who took a chance on me, Glitzbox wouldn’t exist!”

What are the challenges you face with regards to getting more women to subscribe to Glitzbox?

“I think the word “subscription” can scare people off as they feel they may get tied into something indefinitely. However, our membership can be paused or cancelled any time so it is really flexible!  The other thing is they aren’t confident with the quality of the jewellery, but generally, once people subscribe they stay for a long time as it’s a fun and convenient way to continuously refresh your jewellery box whilst supporting independent designers.”

Where do you see Glitzbox in the future?

“We have been slowly testing the model and getting to know which styles and designers work well. As we get closer to our one year anniversary I’m going back through all our data, feedback and insights and building on those. I’m really excited to be announcing soon that we are growing the support on offer to designers we work with. From working with various up and coming brands we’ve seen their frustrations and struggles in great detail – everything from creating engaging content, increasing sales and receiving constructive feedback on their designs. These are all areas I feel Glitzbox can support brands with whilst growing the subscription side of the business as well.”  


You can find more about Glitzbox on glitzbox.co.uk  and Glitzbox on Instagram


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10 Less Waste And Eco-Friendly Swaps

Why is reducing waste important?

Not only does it cost a lot of money, energy and natural resources to manufacture and transport new products, it also costs a great deal to process these products as waste once we’re done with them. The more rubbish we put in the ground, the more our landfills release toxic gases and substances that contribute to climate change, can kill plants and animals and contaminate our water supplies.

Making small changes in our everyday lifestyle choices can make a powerful difference to the health of all living things and our planet.
Below I share a few environmentally friendly swaps that help me to reduce my household waste. My family consists of two adults and three young children so even eliminating just the shampoo and shower gel bottles from our bathrooms made a considerable difference in the amount of waste we create.

My 10 less waste swaps

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  1. A good selection of cloth shopping bags is always handy. I currently have three in my handbag one of which I use as a wash bag for all my bits and bobs (which doubles as an extra bag if I need it). It is so easy to swap between handbags as I only have to throw in my cloth bags and go!20180301_144614
  2. Swap plastic straws with reusable ones that you can also carry in your handbag for when you are out and about. Also, I carry with me a set of cutlery for every member of the family so that I won’t have to use the plastic ones.ED_fruits
  3. I try to shop for unpackaged fruit and veg (and adjust my cooking to whatever produce I can source each time). I have now subscribed to receive a 100% UK organic vegetable box which includes seasonal (unpackaged most of the times) & locally sourced produce.
    Local markets and farm shops are also an alternative option.
    Bulk produce shops where you can shop using your own containers.
    Another great home box subscription company (if you live in London) is the oddbox.co.uk. They deliver all the wonky vegetables and fruits that producers throw away because they don’t look perfect for the grocery shops.
    Bulk buy packaged items such as pasta, rice and flour (I make my own bread). Obviously, when I can’t avoid packaging I look for items in recyclable/reusable containers.
    Use the supermarkets’ fresh produce counter instead of buying the packaged food in the fridge isles (try asking them to use your own containers).
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  4. Say no to one use plastic coffee cups and use your own travel mug instead. I love my KeepCup cork edition and I use it all the time. Also, I don’t buy bottled water, fizzy drinks, squash or any other drinks in plastic bottles.20180301_114139
  5. Replace the liquid hand soap, shampoo & body wash for a soap bar. There are plenty of choices for soaps with natural ingredients that are good for our skin and the environment. This is a big one as the plastic containers in which these products come in are mostly non-recyclable! A couple of websites for soap bars, noplasticshop etsy.20180301_114610
  6. Empty glass jars can be used to store your food instead of using plastic containers. Also, Tiffin stainless steel containers are ideal for pack lunches and snacks. I now use my plastic containers only to store non-food items.20180301_141710
  7. I have replaced my water bottle (and my children’s) with a stainless steel one. It keeps my water cool and healthy. I prefer to use this instead of any other type of plastic bottle even if it is BPA free. You may not be aware but BPA can also be found in canned goods, receipts and tickets printed on thermal paper, dental sealants, plastic wrap (cling film), one use paper cups, plastic food containers and some kitchen utensils.20180301_131105
  8. Also, I do not use cling film anymore but instead I use glass containers with lids or cloth dish covers (have a look on etsy for some great cotton options).
    I avoid foil by cooking in ovenproof dishes.
    Another great swap is making kitchen cloths out of old cotton shirts or towels and use them instead of kitchen paper.20180301_114856
  9. I no longer use kitchen scourer sponges but I replaced them with wooden or bamboo pot scrubbing brushes. For cleaning the surfaces I do not buy kitchen cleaning products but I make my own. This is an easy one to make: mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for an all-purpose spray cleaner (with the addition of a few drops of essential oils to tackle the strong vinegar smell).
  10. Finally, I always try to find second-hand items before I buy new. A few website suggestions: ebay, FaceBook, freecycle,
    nextdoor, secondhand.org.uk, vestiairecollective  (designer fashion) , ThredUp (clothing/accessories), oxfam.org.uk/shop/,  preloved.co.uk.

However difficult the less waste/plastic free lifestyle may be for our fast pacing lives,  every little step really counts towards maintaining the integrity of our planet.  It is all about resetting our mindset to think before we consume.
I still buy products that are in plastic containers (vegan yogurts and most of the vegan cheese) and I am still working on cutting down waste and buy less, in so many other aspects of my life.

Nevertheless, considering the whole point of zero waste living is to consume less, make more of your own, use what you already have and repair what is broken – I am happy to give it a try.

What are your thoughts about the less waste movement? What are you struggling with to cut down the most?


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Zero waste produce shops

TheZeroWasteShop 101 High Street, Devon TQ9 5PF
Hetu  201 St. Johns Hill, London SW11 1TH
Wholefoods Market Different locations

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Reusable Straws*
KeepCup*
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