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I’m Niki, the founder and designer of Enji Studio Jewelry. We’re a sustainable luxury jewelry brand based in beautiful north county San Diego.

at Enji we’re on a mission to bring you meaningful, modern, ethical design that shows off your style, honors the journey of your life, and reflects your values. We craft each piece for you in our Carlsbad studio bringing new life to recycled gold and silver and using only FairTrade and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.

Enji was founded in 2014. We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing and giving back to the local and global community. We create our pieces for everyday wear.

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As creators and consumers, our choices now have a global impact. This is why we consider how things are made to be important and this to be part of our responsibility as a business and global citizen. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. This is why we make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fairtrade stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper and clothing.

Niki is a GIA Graduate Jeweler. She was awarded the 2016 Halstead Grant Award and 2014 Windgate Fellowship Award by the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe and her work can be seen in the pages of Glamour UK, Basic, Evening Standard, National Jeweler, and more. To see her one of a kind art pieces and CV check out nikigrandics.com

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. We make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fair mined stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper.

As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, we hope to be among the first movers bringing transparency and sustainable practices into the luxury fashion jewelry world. Ethical Metalsmiths and Fairmined gold and gems.  All our pieces are made in our studio in San Diego and we use low-impact, environmentally conscious studio practices to lessen our footprint. 

We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing, because it’s important. To us, to you, to the women and men who mined the stones we use to create our pieces. We also donate a portion of each sale to organizations that help empower women locally and globally and work to end domestic violence and human trafficking because that’s part of the future we want to see.

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DIY Compost For Sustainable Living

Hilda Chang

The practice of sustainable living has been a growing trend these past few years. The idea behind this movement is simply to help reduce waste and live as efficiently and naturally as possible. The transition to sustainable living can be a difficult adjustment, but Enji is here to help with tips and tricks for how to start living sustainably. We previously talked about growing your own sustainable food from scraps and today we want to help you start your sustainable compost.

 

Location

It is super important to decided where your compost will be placed in your home. The closer it is to where you use it the more likely you will remember to use it. If you have a yard or garden that produces a lot of organic waste, maybe think about placing it next to your garden. If you mainly have kitchen scraps think about placing it close to the kitchen. It is helpful to also keep compost where it can get a couple of hours of sun light and near a hose to help with the decomposing process. If you create a compost pile on the ground instead of a bin remember to keep it away from trees as their roots will seek out the nutrients and quickly kill your compost.

 

Building

If you live in a house or building with access to your own plot of land consider building a compost pile directly on the earth. Find a nice location with access to sunlight and water. The best places have grass and will make for a great foundation. Start by digging a few inches deep and about 3 feet wide to prevent grass from growing.

 

You will then require enough materials to make your pile at least 3 feet high. Any smaller and the pile will not generate enough heat to break down materials any taller and there will not be enough oxygen for the process. You will need organic material such as branches, twigs, leaves, grass clippings, and hay. The important part is to choose organic material with different sizes to help ventilate the pile. Pile all the organic material to form a 3 foot pile and water slightly. Turn your pile twice a week and keep moist.

 

It is important to only put organic materials in the pile and avoid plastics, bone, meat products, and fats.

 

Other Options

Enji understands that a compost pile might not be the most attractive ornament on your lawn, but you can form a wood fencing around the pile for a better visual appeal and cover to help with heat generation.

 

If you don’t want to dig and want a better-looking compost. Consider decorating an old metal trash can. It’s size and shape are perfect for composting. After decorating, punch holes on the bottom with a hammer and nail. Place the modified trash can on top of brick to provide ventilation. Fill your new compost bin with three inches of each: garden soil, kitchen scraps, shredded newspaper and leave/ grass clippings, in that order.  Keep the lid on the can, and continually building more layers until the can is full. Within about three months, the compost will be cooked to perfection, all without turning or watering.

 

There are also several other bins being sold online and in stores if you do not want to make one. It is important to read the benefits of each bin and plan accordingly to your space and needs.

 

Sources:

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/how-to-compost-and-the-different-types-of-compost-bins

http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/how-to-compost-indoors

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-compost-pile-24779.html