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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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Sustainably Growing Your Own Food From Scraps

Hilda Chang

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America has an ugly truth that few people are aware of and contribute to every single day. We are talking about food waste. America has billions of pounds of food waste, that’s right Billions. Dr. Roni Neff, a Johns Hopkins University researcher, estimates that if America recovered all the food waste we could provide a 2,000-calorie diet to 84% of the population. Although most of this food waste can be attributed to food standards, it also comes from many households. Today Enji wants to help you end food waste and sustainable grow your own produce from food you would throw away.

 

Herbs

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Many of the herbs that you have in your fridge can be reproduced in your own kitchen. Growing them is simple. You just need a four-inch stem and put it in a clear glass. Put enough water in the glass to cover the stem, but leave the leaves above the water. Avoid direct sunlight, but make sure the area is bright. Transplant the roots into the soil once they get to be about two inches long.

 

Green Onions and Garlic

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It is easy to grow green onions and garlic as well. Simply submerge any sprouted garlic clove or a green onion end in water and allow sprouts to grown. Transfer to potted soil after a few days and watch as your plants begin to grow.

 

Lettuce, Bok Choy, and Cabbage

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Lettuce is a staple in many kitchen and dinners, so it is lucky that lettuce is easy to grow. If you haven’t noticed that pattern yet, the easier produces are submerged in water and then transferred into soil. It is the same for lettuce, bok choy and cabbage. Leave the bottom of the head intact, and trim the stem to have a fresh surface. Submerge in water and mist with water every day. Transfer to soil when heads begin to sprout.

 

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are a little harder to grow but you begin by rinsing the tomatoe seeds and allow them to dry. After a few days of drying you can plan them in soil and in no time, you will have a fully-grown tomato plant. You can transfer the plant outdoors or keep it inside where there is plenty of sunlight.

 

Root Plants

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Root plants, turnips grow well from clippings or leftover scraps. You just need to salvage the tops of the turnip and place in a container of water. You should notice new green tops growing in just a few days after you begin. Allow the root to continue growing until it’s ready to be transplanted in the ground. This works with many root vegetables such as beets, turnips and even parsnips.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/16/food-waste-america-throwing-away-food-too-soon/320035001/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jesseszewczyk/16-food-scraps-that-you-can-regrow?utm_term=.jtJ9RbRxZ#.lbNM6g6eA

https://www.diyncrafts.com/4732/repurpose/25-foods-can-re-grow-kitchen-scraps/2

http://www.simplehouseholdtips.com/foods-you-can-regrow-from-kitchen-scraps.html