When we decided to craft jewelry using only the best materials, we knew we had to work with the same factories that produced quality items for top brands while focusing on the same values we hold near and dear. Our search for that kind of manufacturing partner was tough. Trust. Cutting corners is crazy easy in fashion and unfortunately pretty common. We decided that it wasn't enough to just find a partner that told you what you wanted to hear, we needed one that built their business on the same values. This led us to our current SA8000 certified partner in Hong Kong. They've been responsibly crafting jewelry for over three decades and have pioneered a wealth of environmentally sustainable measures in the industry. They employ over 4000 crafters and provide fair livable wages and benefits for every single one of them.
Ethical Manufacturing: Water - you saying?
We take responsibility seriously. It’s simple enough to craft gorgeous pieces but many brands and manufacturers forget about the environmental impact a process like jewelry crafting has. Like fast fashion, one of the biggest issues with jewelry crafting is water. Water is an essential part of the jewelry making process whether you’re making small batches or hundreds of pieces. It’s used to rinse off pieces between casting, cleaning and finishing but as you can imagine, even after a couple conservative uses, this water gets incredibly dirty and contains vast amount of corrosive waste metals. For those who cut corners, this water is actually dumped back into a water source without being treated (shocking - we know). You can imagine that this leads to contaminated drinking water, debilitated wildlife and a slew of environmental damage. Why does this happen? Simple answer - profits. It’s a lot cheaper to handle waste in this manner than to treat every drop that comes out of the process. With some brands and manufacturers looking to keep their bottom line in check, you can guess where they turn the blind eye.
We decided that this was a huge issue that shouldn’t be ignored so when we started Finley, we put a priority on ensuring water quality and treatment was at the forefront. We’re super happy to say that our processes sustainably treats and recycles water throughout the entire crafting lifecycle of your piece. The water used to craft your piece goes through several recycling treatment machines to ensure that the water is properly treated. We use a ultrasonic cleaning process which essentially filters and separates the water from the residual waste metals. The metals end up in small pellet form which is then sent off to a recycling facility. The residual water is treated and filtered through extremely fine filters to ensure that all particles have been separated. About 60% of the recycled water is actually reused in the crafting process which means less waste and environmental impact. The remaining water is transported offsite for other uses in the ecosystem. It's not easy being green, but hey we think it's pretty worth it.