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 Why is Enji Environmentally Conscious?

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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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 Why is Enji Environmentally Conscious?

Niki Grandics

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Many of you are aware that Enji encourages environmentally friendly practices such as recycling, reducing, and reusing. We also try to do our part to reduce our impact on the earth such as using lab created diamonds and only choosing ethically sourced stones. Although all our business practices take into consideration our customer’s needs and wants, there is more behind the reason Enji has chosen to be a greener company. Today we want to share our personal stories and reasons on why we believe that being environmentally conscious means.

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Enji’s founder Niki Grandics believes her responsibility to the earth extends beyond her company and into her personal views. She believes that every living creature has a right to live in peace and that as humans, we shouldn’t have an egocentric point of view. This is one of her reasons why she is environmentally friendly, “we share this world with a lot of other beings and we should consider them too and how our decisions impact other living beings around us...” being able to care for the planet and its inhabitants not only reflects in her business, but also her personal life.

She is devoted to helping the environment and reducing her negative effects on the planet. She recycles whenever she can and avoids using disposable products such as cups, water bottles, and bags. She also stopped purchasing from fast fashion retailers following the Rana Plaza collapse in 2014 and choses to buy ethically. She purchases her clothing from brands that are transparent about sourcing and manufacturing to make sure her purchases align with her views. She also purchases from thrift stores and local stores that share her beliefs. Not only is Niki passionate about the environment, but also, it’s creatures.

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A fun fact about Niki is that she is also a vegetarian and follows a (mostly) vegan diet. She believes that all the creatures on earth deserve to be free from cruelty and harm and shouldn’t end up as dinner.

There is another member of the Enji team who hasn’t been introduced formally yet.

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Hilda Chang is the behind the scenes assistant to Enji. She works mostly on a computer, but can sometimes be spotted in the background of pictures and videos. Just like Niki, she believes in being environmentally conscious. Her passion for the environment started early in here college career when she attended an introductory geology course and learned about the earth and its processes. She realized that the earth will not sustain human life forever if humanity's rate of consumption and carelessness continues. She obtained a minor in geological science hoping to have enough knowledge to change the world before it was too late.

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Although she is still new to the sustainable lifestyle and is slowly transitioning from “broke” college student, she still does what she can. One thing she does is making sure to recycle and reuse things in her home. One of her favorite items to reuse is old jeans. Hilda will keep jeans for over 5 years and when they get ripped or get worn out, she will make them into shorts and a tote bag. She keeps most of her items and tries to fix them herself since she learned how to sew from a young age. She also keeps old clothes as spare cleaning rags and makes reusable heating pads out of old socks. She believes in giving her items a second life rather than throwing them away.

Her ecofriendly way of thinking has continued to evolve to include animals. She abstains from eating most pork products, and makes sure to have at least one meatless day in her week. Although she is not a full-fledged vegetarian yet, she is taking the right steps to limit her meat consumption. She also is in the beginning stages of starting her own sustainable organic garden to reduce food and plastic waste.

 

The reason we wanted to share our personal stories with you today, is to show how Enji isn’t just another company. We strive to be your environmentally conscious friend and compassionate humans who change the world. Although the Enji team is small, we know that we are making a difference through our sustainable practices and are determined to stay true to our origins as we begin to expand. For this new year (2018) we pledge to continue our fight to bring sustainable practices to the jewelry industry and to never forget our origins. Follow our journey on social media as we continue to lead by example and help shape the world toward a more sustainable future.