As an environmentalist Barbara Nanshe is concerned with reducing her environmental footprint, grief to animals and people. Nanshe sources ethically supported materials and often uses antique and vintage parts in her work. In fact Nanshe recycles most things that come her way. She uses 60 to 100% recycled gold, sterling silver, brass and copper. Nanshe sources stones locally; from visited workshops; or cuts and drills them herself.