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3 Ways To Start Being Socially Responsible

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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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3 Ways To Start Being Socially Responsible

Niki Grandics

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With a rise in social issue such as, workers’ rights and ethical sourcing, many people have decided to become more aware of their consumption. Choosing to buy goods and services that are more socially responsible to the environment, society, and themselves. However, being socially responsible is a lifestyle change and can be difficult understanding where to start. So here are a few easy ideas.

 

Research Businesses

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One of the main changes of starting the socially responsible lifestyle is research. To successfully be socially responsible, you must be able to identify ethical, sustainable, and eco-friendly businesses and goods. There are also many businesses unfortunately, that try and take advantage of these trends without understanding exactly what it means. It is also important to understand that not all socially responsible businesses are the same.

Some businesses choose to focus on ethical sourcing, some on environmentally friendly sourcing, some focus on local production, or make vegan products, and others focus on social issues. It is important to research a company and understand how they decide to be socially responsible and if their views and ethos align with your own. A simple google search on companies and their sources can help give you a better understanding of what they believe in and how they operate.

 

Buy sustainable, locally, or DIY

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Being socially responsible is usually associated with being environmentally friendly but it can also refer to working conditions and people. Take for example a product bought by a massive company and the conditions of a factory used to produce the item. Being socially responsible would mean that you buy products from businesses that are Fairtrade, use ethical working conditions and sustainable practices.

Buying sustainable is an easy way to ensuring your money goes to being social responsible. However, it is sometimes difficult finding exactly what you need. Buying locally can help diminish the environmental impact via transportation emissions. Buying locally like at your farmers market helps reduce pollution and helps local farmers.

Of course, if you can’t find what you are looking for you can also do it yourself. Growing your own food, making your own household supplies, or making your own furniture is one of the only ways to make sure that sourcing and products are 100% ethical and sustainable.

 

Consume Less

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One of the easier ways to ensure that you are also socially responsible is by consuming less and reducing your waste. Fashion icon Vivienne Westwood has been famously quoted for promoting this with “Buy less, choose well, Make it last.” Being a mindful consumer is a key change in becoming socially responsible. It is fun to make whimsical and impulsive buys sometimes, but it is important to remember that every purchase has a ripple effect.

Reducing the number of products that are not socially responsible can help change the industry. Not buying goods and services can be just as important as buying socially responsible products.

 

Other ways to start socially responsible living

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  • Consider composting, if you have even a small garden or backyard, start composting your food waste.
  • Try having one meat-free day a week.
  • Reuse, visit thrift shops and yard sales. (Thrift shops like My Sister’s Closet have become some of my new favorite shopping destinations)
  • When buying fresh ingredients, try sticking to seasonal ones.
  • Look for fair trade brands. You’ll be surprised at how affordable prices are.

 

Sources:

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/how-to-be-a-responsible-consumer/

http://www.lendogram.com/blog/2016/07/11/how-to-become-a-socially-responsible-consumer/

https://www.dumblittleman.com/are-you-socially-responsible-consumer/