Our jewellery is manufactured in Qingdao, China. The scenic port city of Qingdao, also known as the country’s sailing city, is located on the east coast of China in the Shandong province, just south-east of Beijing; it is a hub for fashion jewellery production.
It is of the utmost importance to Adam and I that our products are sourced and manufactured responsibly; that we are socially and environmentally conscious global citizens in how we carry out our business.How We Work to Ensure This:
- - We never knowingly work with or support any manufacturer, supplier, or business partner of any kind that we have reason to believe is conducting their business in a socially irresponsible manner.
- - We choose factory partners who have regular social compliance audits, and who share the audit reports with us.
- - We visited our current factory in Qingdao, China to meet the management in person, see the workers’ environment, and to ensure that our products were being produced there. This is a very rudimentary fact to need proof of, given that many Chinese factories are now subcontracting to unregulated factories in countries, such as Cambodia and Vietnam, where we would have no clear knowledge regarding the age of workers or the conditions. Upon visiting the factory we were satisfied with the happy, clean environment, and witnessed our production in progress.
- - In sourcing new manufacturers and materials, we work with a western-based partner company, who focuses on identifying new ethical factories that will meet our needs.
- - We are conscious of our business’ carbon footprint, and make an effort to help offset it and support environmental causes each year. In 2016, we are planning JB team initiatives, such as buying carbon offsets and planting trees.
Some of our jewellery is also made in Toronto at a local silversmith workbench by one of our JB team members, Mia. If the piece is made in Toronto, it will be noted on the product page. Mia is a talented jeweller, who studied at NSCAD (University Nova Scotia College of Art & Design), and currently works full-time with Jenny making beautiful samples and small batch production. Materials for pieces made here by Mia include up-cycled vintage jewellery parts from the Toronto area, and others that are sourced from North American suppliers (with most materials coming from the United States).