CREATING RESPONSIBLE JEWELRY
There are so many ways that the fashion industry impacts the planet, including waste, materials, plastics, pollution and carbon footprint. Trying to understand all the elements of this impact and to act truly sustainably is incredibly challenging in an industry that is so driven by seasonal trends and newness. The jewelry industry in specific is rampant with not only cheaply made products, but also unethically made. Workers are paid very little for their labour, and cheap materials are used to keep costs down. However, at Evershiny, we have a sincere ambition to do business differently and have always been an environmentally conscious company, committing to sustainable practices. We are all looking for ways, big and small, to help be part of the solution to climate change. The younger generation consumers (millennials) are choosing sustainability over iconic brands. Many jewellery brands are thus aligning with the conscious consumer by opting for recycled metals, ethically sourced stones and beautiful handmade designs that centre the local artisan community. Subsequently, brands are now looking for sustainability, transparency and ethical manufacturing in the factories they work or partner with. Thus, as a manufacturer, we believe we’re in a unique position to support independent brands in working more sustainably, and deliver real impact across the industry. Evershiny is very exciting to be part of this journey. By utilising the latest materials and manufacturing know-now, we are is in the process of fully integrating the required standards for a "green" manufacturing facility in order to create "responsible jewellery".
Our jewellery by its very nature is a circular product as it can be repaired and recycled into new pieces. The jewelry trade is also inherently a little more sustainable than other industries, as consumers tend to pass their pieces on to the next generation. At Evershiny, we are very passionate about conscious production, and we aim to become your trusted supplier for sustainable quality jewelry. We want your customers to own pieces that will last them a long time, and avoid fast fashion items. Therefore, we aim to produce high-quality jewelry in order to help one maximise its wear and support conscious consumption. At Evershiny, we make quality jewelry that lasts. Though greener options are expensive (ethical manufacture can be 30% more expensive), a Neilson study in 2020 found that 66% of all consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable brands. This figure is even higher for millennials and Gen Z.
Thus, in order to match the rising global standards for sustainable manufacturing processes, below are a few small changes we are taking as a company to ensure we continue to keep improving in every aspect of our business - for us, for you, for the planet.
We proudly run our own factory which allows us to maintain a high level of quality, and more importantly, produce our handcrafted jewellery on demand (made to order). This means we can listen to demand and thus avoid the excess product from being created causing unnecessary stock. Hence, reducing greenhouse emissions and ensuring the sustainable consumption of resources.
We are encouraging all our customers to start practising more responsible consumerism by plating higher micron because when you buy better, you can wear them longer.
We also offer minor and major repair services (including re-plating) at a nominal charge to restore the pieces to new, and thus can be sold and passed down again. By maximizing the life of every piece, we believe this is another step towards a circular economy.
Evershiny currently meets the European Union’s REACH (Restriction, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) regulation, which aims to restrict hazardous substances such as nickel, lead and cadmium in all parts of jewellery that could reasonably be accessed by the end consumers, and ultimately reduce the amount of harmful chemicals in the environment.
Evershiny is a certified member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), which is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories in their global supply chains. The latest exhaustive full audit was conducted on March 20th, 2020 by Intertek, and covers the following 13 Performance Area (PA). We are very proud to announce that we have received a Score A for at least 10 of the PA listed below.
PA 1: Social Management System and Cascade Effect
PA 2: Workers Involvement and Protection
PA 3: The rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
PA 4: No Discrimination
PA 5: Fair Remuneration
PA 6: Decent Working Hours
PA 7: Occupational Health and Safety
PA 8: No Child Labor
PA 9: Special protection for young workers
PA10: No Precarious Employment
PA 12: Protection of the Environment
PA 13: Ethical Business Behavior
We also recycle or reuse where possible. All the metal scrap created from our factory are being recycled back into the system, thereby creating no waste. In addition to this, we use a filtering system that collects dust particles of precious metals (silver), so they can be reused again. All soft plastics that come into our business, along with cards, papers, and courier bags/boxes are either being re-used or re-cycled as well.
We are currently in the process to transition to renewable energy as our US $400,000 solar panels project undertake its final stage of discussion. Solar panel is both a clean and a great renewable source of energy, and with the advent of global climate change, it has become more important that we should do everything possible to reduce any more pressure to our atmosphere. Thus, we aim for our 9,300 square meters factory to be at least 75% solar-powered by 2025.
OUR STONES & MATERIALS
We want to make sure that all of the materials that we use come from a good place, which is why we are committed to ethical sourcing. We work exclusively with our longterm trusted suppliers who guarantee ethical sources of our materials including chains, findings, and stones.
Cubic Zirconias and Nano Gems (both lab-grown) are used where possible as they are fully traceable and it offers a very similar look to mined gemstones. However, we also do work with natural stones on requests, but are careful to keep them at a minimum. We work hard with our stone suppliers to understand the country of origin for all of our gemstones, which are sourced from all around the world, from Brazil, India, to Madagascar. Upon request, we can send them to get certified at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Bangkok with an additional cost.
All the crystals we use hand-glued and from Preciosa, who are at the forefront of sustainability. All Preciosa crystals are lead-free, and are responsibly produced through various social and environmental programs.
We work with lab-grown diamonds, also known as conflict-free or cultured diamonds. Lab-created diamonds are 100% diamonds and can only be distinguished from mined diamonds with sophisticated lab equipment. These diamonds are never mined, and processes the same identical chemical composition, hardness, brilliance and fire as mined natural diamonds. The only difference is that the origin is a laboratory and not the earth. Research suggests that the carbon footprint of lab-grown diamonds is around 5 to 10% of mined diamonds. Same as mined diamonds, the lab-grown diamonds are hand-selected and graded per the 4Cs of clarity, color, cut and carat weight. Please note that we only work with DEF colour (colourless) with VS1-2 clarity quality, and in white color only. Lab-grown diamonds can be anywhere from 20 - 40% less expensive than mined diamonds. Sterling Silver is the recommended base to be used, and an appropriate number of stones (not too many) that are not too big is suggested in order to keep the price affordable.
All the opals that we use are also lab-grown. However, we do work with Ethiopian Opals on special requests.
We work with freshwater pearls in various shapes and sizes upon the customer's request, but also work with faux pearls where possible.
Where possible, our materials are being sourced locally here to support domestic production. We aim to increase the demand for artisan job opportunities in the local communities all around Thailand.
We currently have an option for our customers to opt for using only certified recycled silver in their jewelry pieces. We believe that pre-loved silver is the next step in jewelry manufacturing, and more importantly, it promotes a circular economy. Our metal supplier purchases silver from previously owned jewelry, industrial metals, and electronics components globally, but mostly located here in Thailand. The unwanted precious metal is then refined through a process of scrap refining technique to purify the metal, and then transformed into new silver in the form of casting grains. This regenerated silver can then be re-casted and made into new silver jewelry again. Our silver refiner supplier is listed on the LBMA's (London Bullion Market Association) Good Delivery List, the global authority on precious metals. They are also a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). A letter certification can be provided upon request. Please note that there will be a 5% extra charge on top of the market's silver price for using this option. The final unit price difference between regular and recycled silver will be approximately 5 - 15% depending on each style. Please note that there is no effect on either the quality nor the outlook if recycled silver is to be used. A recycled silver logo will also be hallmarked on each individual piece to represent the certified recycled silver used. Using recycled silver cuts down CO2 emissions by ⅔ versus mined silver, yet more than 80% of the world’s silver supply is still mined. Currently, we have 10 customers onboard this program already, and are expecting to receive more in the coming months.
We also only use ECO BRASS, which is a lead-free, environmentally-friendly brass alloy. Lead has been known to be extremely harmful to the human body. This heavy metal also causes serious environmental problems such as lead leaching into the drinking water and lead dust during machining and casting. By switching to eco-brass, we are reducing the amount of harmful chemicals in the environment, as well as ensuring our jewelry pieces are consumer-friendly.
We have recently introduced a "Silver Buy-Back Recycling Scheme" where we will recycle any unwanted Sterling Silver jewelry from our customers so they can be made into something new (and to give it a second life). Jewelry made by other manufactures is accepted as well, including any faulty items returned from your customers or any unsold pieces. Your old pieces will be recycled (melted down) into new silver that is reused for jewelry. In return, a credit note as an incentive will be given to the customer to be used against their next order with us, The credit note will include the value of the actual silver weight (after it has passed through the refining process) at the market's silver price. The minimum for a recycling batch to be considered is 1 kg of sterling silver jewelry and the shipping charge is at the customer's expense. To put it into perspective, approximately 233 units of a sample band ring makes up of 1 kg, and thus approximately US $700 worth of credit can be issued in return at the silver price of $27 per ounce. That gives you back approximately 38% of the buying price value. The current processing time is approximately 4 weeks upon receiving of the metal. A letter certification from Evershiny can be issued to confirm the silver donation and to certify that they are being properly recycled.
We have started to trace where our metals are coming from, so we can understand and reduce our impact (not an easy task with the minerals supply chain that is many layers deep). However, we are taking it one step at a time in order to ensure that all metals we use are conflict-free.
Evershiny's creations not only includes high-fashion season designs, but we have a core collection of classics and non-seasonal as well, which are made to last for decades to come.
We try to limit the use of polybags (especially transit bags) as much as possible and are currently sourcing for eco-friendly poly bags made from plant-based/bio-based material to pack all our jewelry. Thus, instead of the conventional fossil-based plastics, the polybags will be 100% derived from plants. This is currently still an ongoing project.
We push our customers to be as environmentally friendly as possible with their packaging materials and to go plastic-free. Thus, we encourage them to use materials that are either 100% recyclable, made from recycled materials, or is biodegradable on their packaging. Brands should also aim to use sustainably approved paper or wood, certified organic fabrics and water-based inks and glues wherever possible. We have a list of Evershiny-approved suppliers that we are happy to refer, who produces packaging that is fully recyclable, degradable, and ethically manufactured.
Evershiny is not claiming to be a perfectly sustainable jewellery manufacturer (not yet), but we are always trying to do better by taking the ‘better’ choice whenever we can.
Evershiny believes that jewellery is more than just beautiful, it can also do good for the world. One should wear jewellery loud and proud! We believe in the importance of giving back to the community. As a company, we encourage our employees to volunteer through either program organized internally or externally, and to help select charities to receive the company’s donations. Thus, we are proud to be supporting several charities and initiatives by donating part of our profit, as well as food and daily essentials to our local charities. This includes the Rangsit Children Aid Center, Foundation for Children (FFC), Ban Bang Khae Social Welfare Development Center for Older Persons, and Vocational Training Center for the Blind Women at Sampran; as well as public hospitals namely Metta Pracharak Hospital.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown impact, we have recently set up a "community pantry" in front of our factory as a way to help people who have lost their income to feed their families during this difficult period. Inside the pantry are essential items such as instant noodles, bottled water, eggs, canned fish and basic medicines that are being restocked daily. The concept is for one to take anything one needs, and leave anything one can share. This project is 100% sponsored by our directors.
If you would like to participate, please drop us a message to email@example.com
At Evershiny, we respect and empower women in the workplace every single day in the strive towards gender equality. In fact, our current male to female ratio (factory and office combined) is 1:2.5 as of January 2020. To be more specific, we have approximately 400 employees and around 73% are women. Evershiny employees want to foster a sense of pride, inside and out. We are a company that has chosen to invest in and promote women. Additionally, every year, our design team comes up with an Empower Women's Edit, a curated selection from our open-line in celebrating of International Women's Day (March 8th) as well as the October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in order to support brands that support one of the most important days of the year.