Sustainable Jewellery


I am creating a range of sustainable jewellery manufactured out of recycled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastics found typically in household packaging such as shampoo/milk bottles, bread-tags and bottle lids. The jewellery would be crafted from 100% recyclable materials that have high durability and resistance to harsh conditions and environmental impacts, are aesthetic, fashionable, sustainable and toxic free to manufacture, and can be recycled eliminating harm done to the environment which would never degrade, yet by repurposing the material, we create a new, original and unique piece that is far from obsolete.

New photos coming soon!

What do you think?

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ReadyFundGo @ 2021.05.08 8:27 AM

Well done Rosalie this is a great idea.

Your friends will be lucky to get beautiful birthday presents that are great for the environment.

If you are thinking about selling your pieces you could set up a small crowdfunding campaign with Australian platform 

It is quite simple to set up a campaign and you can e mail us any questions.

Best of luck and well done again,


Lynn Wood @ 2021.05.09 8:27 AM

Lovely idea Rosalie. These posts mentioning sustainable plastic may give you some ideas for your project.

Dave Ellis @ 2021.05.18 8:27 AM
Love the reuse of HDPE.  I have worked with it before, and find it versatile.  Think about designs that dont require too much 'processing' (less energy needed).  Also have a look at vitamin and body builder containers for excellent colours.

Rachel Worsley @ 2021.05.19 8:27 AM
Love this idea. Do you take donations of HDPE? I'm sure I'll have some to donate. 

Narelle Hooper @ 2021.05.22 8:27 AM
Great idea & love the suggestions coming through. 

Etsy is a great marketplace and Terracyle might be a source of supply info if neededZ

Rosalie @ 2021.05.27 7:50 AM

ReadyFundGo @ 2021.05.08 8:27 AM

Hi Jill, 

Thank you so much for the support! This sounds like an extremely helpful website for the future of my project to create unique and sustainable pieces that are tangible to public! It would also be a great way to spread awareness of the negative environmental impact of plastics, turning a negative into a positive, and educating people on the ways we can recycle used household waste to better the environment! 

Rosalie @ 2021.05.28 7:50 AM

Lynn Wood @ 2021.05.09 8:27 AM

Hey Lynn,

Thank you so  much for these helpful related posts, you will definitely assist me in the progression of my progress!

Rosalie @ 2021.05.28 7:50 AM

Hi Dave, 

Yes, HDPE is extremely versatile and allows me to create really unique designs! I have ensured that I use processes that  involve very limited electrical process as to ensure minimum to no amount of negative environmental harm. I haven't been able to get my hands on any vitamin/body builder containers, though I have acquired quite the collection of milk bottle caps that come in a vast array of colours! 

ReadyFundGo @ 2021.06.02 7:50 AM

Hi Rosalie 

I am sorry it has taken me a few days to reply to your comment.

Yes, as you say it is an easy way to be able to sell your pieces to the public or have an online payment mechanism set-up for you.

If you have any questions about how it works, please feel free to reach out to me at

With best wishes Jill

Rosalie @ 2021.06.03 7:50 AM

Rachel Worsley @ 2021.05.19 8:27 AM

Hey Rachel,

Thank you so much for supporting my idea! Donations for HDPE would be greatly accepted; I would probably be able set up a drop of system at my school for any donations people have!

Rosalie @ 2021.06.03 7:50 AM

Narelle Hooper @ 2021.05.22 8:27 AM

Hi Narelle,

Thank you for the suggestions! Etsy is a great E-commerce site that could definitely aid me in the future of my project so that the sustainable pieces could become accessible to the community! Terracycle also seems like a great community platform where I can collect pieces to craft the jewelry!

Rosalie @ 2021.06.11 3:01 AM

Here is the progress I have made with my project so far!                                    

Currently, I am still designing the new pieces and practicing forming the many prototypes I have manufactured, and preparing to form the final pieces that I will ensure are clean and consistent. The prototypes I have manufactured consist of rings, earrings and necklaces, all varying in a range of colours and metal jewellery elements, and I still continue to melt and collect sheets of marbled plastics to craft my jewellery from. Thank you to those who have provided feedback and improvements, as well as for the ongoing positive support of my project!

R Hainsworth @ 2021.09.09 3:01 AM

Hi Rosalie, hope all is well with you and your family. 

Congratulations on your MDP journey. We would love to know a little more on how it all went.  We hope that being part of the UpRising initiative has been rewarding and meaningful for you. 

As we wrap up the trial phase of the UpRising initiative and head towards the awards night in November I have a few quick questions.  If you could answer these questions in a comment below that would be so great. We want to understand how UpRising assisted you so that we can better help next year's cohort of designers. We are also curious to know if there is anything further you would like to do with your project.

1.      What were two interesting things that you experienced or found as a result of being part of the UpRising? 

2.      How did UpRising help you with your project?

3.      What would you like to do with your project and what would help you get there?

4.      How did seeing other UpRising projects affect your designing and learning experience? 

5.      What would you like to see added to the UpRising initiative to better help next year's students?


One last thing, can you add in a ‘Start to Finish’ photo of your project? Stitch a photo of early drawing or prototype next to an image of your finished product and update your post with this image.

Congratulations once again and looking forward to seeing you in November. You have done an amazing job and we are very proud of the 2021 cohort. 

See you soon

R Hainsworth @ 2021.11.20 3:01 AM

Congratulations on all of your hard work this year and for being the first year 12 design students to be part of The UpRising.  The 8 judges have been busy going through all the major design projects to decide which projects should be awarded hundreds of dollars in seed funding and mentoring, to take their project to the next level. The judges have used a points system, 3 points for the project they felt was the most impressive, 2 points for a second outstanding project and 1 point for a project that really resonated with them. Three projects will be awarded Seed funding and mentoring 

  • First Place $1000 Seed funding

  • Second place 750

  • Third place 500

The winners will be assisted with the continued development of their project next year by the very cool company Nectir

We are holding an Awards night to announce the winners and we would love to have you all there. It’s online so you can join in from wherever you are. 6pm - 7pm Thursday evening 9th December. 

Click here to get your tickets. 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you the best of luck with your final exams. Awards night is on the 9th December

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