Much of Saori's inspiration comes from nature (Saori is herself an avid organic gardener), and her designs are a reflection of her surroundings. Because of this, we are very conscious of the environmental impact of our work, and we strive to minimize our carbon footprint as much as possible. While more traditional jewelry businesses may employ a large number of toxic chemicals and processes, we actively seek green alternatives in order to produce designs that are not only attractive and functional, but also friendly to the environment.
For example, many companies will use sulfuric acid to remove firescale left by soldering; we use only non-toxic and biodegradable plant-based products. Our packaging is made from 100 percent recycled paper to help conserve our forests, and all metals that we use are recycled; we do not purchase from mining companies. Furthermore, as all of our pieces are handcrafted one at a time in our Seattle studio, we don't produce the toxic byproducts associated with some pieces that are mass-produced in foreign countries.
The jewelry manufacturing process doesn't have to be an environmentally unfriendly one - what needs to change is the thinking of the manufacturers. At Saori C. Jewelry Designs, we like to think that we're doing our part to help out.