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Two years after forming Bamboo Jewelry, the company decided if they couldn't reduce their carbon footprint to zero, they would offset it by buying carbon credits making Bamboo Jewelry the world's first carbon neutral jewelry company. They have incorporated compact fluorescent bulbs and eliminated air-conditioning, instead turning to fans to keep everyone cool and comfortable. It doesn't stop there. The jewelry boxes are made of bamboo which is a self-sustaining and fast growing plant often used like wood. They also incorporated paper tape and use non-toxic, bio-degradable plastic for shrink wrapping. Even the paper printed cards within the box are created using recycled paper, in a duplex printer. They can print 100,000 pages generating only five pounds of waste verses 157 pounds of typical waste from a regular laser printer. Future eco-friendly goals include purchasing a new company car - a hybrid Aptera that will get 300 mpg - and remodeling their facility to be completely solar powered.
Each piece of jewelry that is designed is created to celebrate a small portion of nature, art and science. Almost all the silver used as the base of their jewelry is recycled, and they are striving for 100% recycled. Using finely braided wire to create each cloisonne color cell, they can do multicolor blending which results in their three dimensional contours and realistic shading, hallmarks of their splendid craftsmanship. Once the original artwork is finished, they are sent to China to be mass recreated by the hands of other skilled artisans.
Who's Who At Bamboo
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Chrstine Gonsalves comes from a family of entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a MA in sculpture. Before she began Bamboo Jewelry nine years ago with Steve, she began a company called Whales and Friends that is a popular Alameda, California gift ship that has been around for 20 years. Her interests include cats, orchids, art and nature. Christine splits her time between Bamboo and Whales and Friends, and is even known for bringing her beloved Tonkinese cats, Carson and Sagan, with her.
Cliptomania.com has sold earrings by Bamboo Jewelry since 2006. Featured in our
Something Special/Animals categories, we have had butterflies, bears, birds, insects, bats, sea life and others including our most recent addition, the Koala Bear (shown below). The overall quality and attention to detail is amazing, and we are sure our nature loving customers will appreciate these fine, heirloom quality, clip on earrings.
|Koala Drops Clip On Earrings|