When we decided to craft jewelry using only the best materials, we knew we had to work with the best factories that produced quality items for the top brands. We were also adamant on finding a factory that was aligned on the ethical values we hold near and dear.
Our search for that kind of manufacturing partner was tough. Trust. Cutting corners is incredibly 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: The corner we refuse to cut
Beyond ensuring a fair liveable wage for every team member from shop floor to office, we believe that we have a responsibility to our environment. One of the biggest issues with jewelry crafting, like fast fashion, is the unsustainable water process—especially among those who cut corners for profit.
The water used to rinse off pieces between casting, cleaning and finishing contains a vast amount of corrosive waste metals. And more often than not, this water is dumped back into a water source people and wildlife are dependent on without being treated. You'll see rivers and streams turned all shades of red and orange which means contaminated drinking water, debilitated wildlife and potentially irreversible environmental damage.
This problem is so big that we put a priority on ensuring that sustainable water quality and treatment are at the forefront of Finley. Because, honestly something as basic as clean drinking water should never be at risk.
To help solve this problem, we invested in green infrastructure to minimize our wastewater footprints. We ensure that all water used to craft each piece goes through several recycling treatment machines. This lets us reuse up to 60% of the recycled water in our crafting process, which means much less waste and a lower environmental impact.
If you’re a sucker for details, we use an ultrasonic cleaning process that essentially filters and separates the water from the residual waste metals. The waste is then sent off to a recycling facility for use in other forms of manufacturing. The residual water is treated and filtered through extremely fine filters to ensure that all particles have been separated. The remaining water is transported offsite for other uses in the production ecosystem.
It's not easy being green, but we put sustainability at the core of everything we do.