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Danielle Keller is one of Berlin's many expatriates. Hailing from Kfar Saba in Israel, she arrived in Berlin three years ago. Her primary source of work as a fashion and jewelry expert mainly deals with advocating from sustainability within these industries. She wrote her Master of Arts thesis on the luxury jewelry supply chain and the methods of implementing sustainability. Her work as a journalist has remained consistent in the realm of sustainability. The Berlin Spectator's Imanuel Marcus sat down with Keller to discuss jewelry and fashion.

When asked if Berlin is the world capital of sustainability, Keller said, "I think Berlin specifically and Germany, in general, are good places for working on sustainable topics since there are many initiatives, associations, and companies that focus on it. But many other cities and countries around the world started adopting this topic as well since I arrived in Berlin. Needless to say, this is a good development."

"Since I started researching and writing about the subject sustainability I found out that many companies around the world already developed frameworks, strategies, action plans and measurable targets around sustainability," said Keller about famous German fashion labels and their approaches to sustainability. "Hugo Boss started walking on this path too. They are slowly moving forward toward a more balanced and conscious future for sustainable fashion."

As a fashion and jewelry designer, Keller was asked about her inspirations from nature. "I always found inspiration in nature. So I tried to imitate shapes, colors, and textures that I saw in different natural environments," she said. "It’s hard to say exactly how nature becomes jewelry or fashion. What I can say is that when I worked with metals, minerals, and textiles of different kinds, I understood that these materials never react to my manipulation. My creative process includes adaptations to reality. The creations might never look exactly like the natural magic I saw, but they are my interpretations of it and a result of my vision."

When asked about the differences in sustainability techniques between Germany and Israel she said, "Oh yes. In Germany, people have been aware of sustainability for many years now. For instance, they have a good waste separation system and they have been extending their green energy sources. In Israel, there are some private companies that deal with sustainable challenges, including in the field of water. But, unfortunately, sustainability is not on the government’s agenda even though Israel is experiencing the effects of climate change. There is always some problem that is more urgent. The land we live on, the air we breathe and the water we drink seem to be secondary issues."

Information originally sourced from the Berlin Spectator.