(above) Melissa Joy Manning – sustainable jewelry designer mines for money to fund her new green retail shop at 12 Wooster Street NYC. You can get in on the ground-floor action now through November 9 (9:50am) via Kickstarter. For as little as $25 you can receive a pair of sleek, handcrafted hug hoops made of recycled sterling silver. In the world of jewelry design, making something new and beautiful from something old is always a good thing.

related: previously on AlternativeConsumer.comMelissa Joy Manning