The Philosophy

Shopping never felt so good!

Our mission at Black Buddha Jewelry is to bridge the gap between stunning jewelry and sustainability. And we can’t do it without your help. For every purchase you make, you are supporting the uprising of eco-friendly fashion that doesn't need to cost the earth.

Read on to get to know more about our sustainability philosophy.


Concrete jungle in Tampaksiring

Ethical

We support local craftsmen and small businesses in Bali, Indonesia.

Prices are decided by these local craftsmen and artists. Our goal is always to pay them more than a fair fee for their hard work, which is why we never haggle with their proposed prices.

We want to share prosperity and help our suppliers with a steady income, which is why we stick to our suppliers and choose to grow with them instead of shopping around for the cheapest alternative. This will give them further hope to pursue their craft with passion, quality, dedication and most importantly continue to live off their hard work. Here's a short video of one of our local artisans, Tjakra, giving us a personal lecture on how they produce their silver items

 

In 2020, we will start donating a percentage of our sales to local sustainability initiatives. We would already have done this from the beginning in 2019, but our financial advisor shook her head vigorously when we presented our business plan, explaining that we need to cover the start-up costs and save our own company before trying to save the planet. Sort of how you're instructed to place the oxygen mask on yourself first and then your child when you're on a plane. We weren't happy about the conclusion, but it makes sense, so we'll wait another year till we can safely launch this part of our dream.


Helle making friends in Ubud Monkey Forest

However, we are happy to announce that we will be introducing a "Save the animal" collection this fall which will be inspired by and dedicated to endangered animals in Indonesia. 10% of all profits will go to projects that support the conservation of the animal portrayed. No, the monkeys in Ubud aren't endangered. They're thriving. And cheeky.

Democratic prices

We want to sell ethical jewelry with accessible pricing so shopping sustainably is for everyone, not just for the few.

We have minimal markups (between 2 and 3) made possible by working directly with our suppliers and by selling directly to our consumers. No middle-men means fewer carbon footprints and markups that are smaller than the industry norm.

Recycled materials

Besides using recycled palm tree leaves for our jewelry pouches, we use only recycled sterling silver and all natural, nickel-free and hypoallergenic materials. We also avoid unnecessary chemicals often used in the jewelry-making process.


Sunset Point at Nusa Lembongan

Handmade craftsmanship

Each piece of jewelry is either hand-strung or hand-crafted using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. 

Timeless, seasonless jewelry

We encourage investing in quality over quantity by offering timeless designs and seasonless styles which are wearable from one season to the next.

Durability

Unlike plated jewelry, we use solid silver which retains its color over time so you can cherish your pieces for longer. Solid sterling silver can also be melted down and made into new jewelry so nothing ever goes to waste.  

Sustainable packaging

We carefully pack the jewelry in a hand-woven, eco-friendly and unique wallet made out of recycled pandanus leaves that have previously been used for ceremonies like weddings, birthday parties and various celebrations aimed at praising and thanking the Gods and ancestors. 

In Indonesia, pandanus leaves are mainly used for handicrafts. Artisans collect the leaves from plants in the wild, cutting only mature leaves so that the plant will naturally regenerate. The leaves are then sliced into fine strips and sorted for further processing like twisted rope.

All packaging material is made from recycled (and entirely recyclable) materials. Customers in Denmark are also offered the choice of having their order shipped free-of-charge in a recyclable bag from our partners, Re-Zip.


www.re-zip.dk

Moving towards a greener future

Even though all our silver is recycled, reusing old jewelry doesn’t have as big an impact as demanding better mining conditions. This is also why we are confident that over time Black Buddha Jewelry will use 100% FairTrade silver.

At present, using certified FairTrade silver is unfortunately a greater expense since it's mainly a byproduct of gold mining and therefore extremely limited in its supply. On top of that, there is only one FairTrade silver mine, which is located in Sotrami, Peru. So, there are very few kilos a month and what is there is spoken for by companies that have been involved with FairTrade for a very long time.

However, FairTrade silver is at the very early stages of development, so we will continue to monitor the industry’s advancements in this field. We hope that, in the not too distant future, we will be able to make the switch to using completely FairTrade-certified silver as part and parcel of the service we deliver.

We're listening

You inspire us and we design for you. We always listen and react to your feedback and requests, which in turn makes Black Buddha Jewelry as wearable and practical as possible. If you have any ideas, comments or suggestions at all, let us know - we'd love to hear from you.

 
Laughing Buddha Bar & Restaurant Ubud

Find out more about local manufacturing and sustainability in the fashion industry:

www.eco-age.com
www.fashionrevolution.org
www.sustainable-fashion.com
www.ethicalfashionforum.com
www.newdresscode.com/stylecode/slow-fashion