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About Jabebo Earrings:
Jabebo Earrings are made with cereal box paperboard which is a wood fiber that may have gone through paper recycling several times before. Used paperboard is usually not selected for continued recycling because most of its wood fibers are worn and saturated with ink from previous use. Many communities do not bother with recycling paperboard and still send it to the landfill. Years ago, not long after we started reproducing our images on paper, we chose post-consumer paperboard to add volume to the individual pieces because it made use of an undervalued resource and it is the ideal thickness for our earrings.
As we developed a process, it became geared around cereal boxes because they are a convenient size to work with. We also use the same material for the display cards we hang the earrings on, which triples the amount of paperboard needed for each pair. We often use more than 60 boxes a week. Thankfully, we do not have to eat all the cereal ourselves because friends and our local community are very generous in saving them for us.
Because Jabebo Earrings is a paper product, to increase their durability we give them a final clear coat. We chose shellac because it is a non-toxic natural product and helps to filter UV light. We also use it laminate the layers of paper together. Also, shellac is non-toxic. It is sometimes used as a coating for food. For instance, a thin coating may be applied to chocolate to keep it from melting in your hands.
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