Fair Trade Designs hopes to counter this waste in a small way by carrying beautiful jewelry made from thousands of discarded bottles. Talented Kenyan artisans clean the bottles and melt them in a furnace, then spin the liquid into beads on a metal rod.
Blending the beads with silver accents, the workers string them into contemporary, elegant jewelry like our Silver Moon Recycled Glass necklace. Its striking cobalt blue color makes it a standout on any woman.
This one-of-a kind piece was made in Nairobi in a safe and comfortable workshop. In keeping with fair trade practices, each employee is paid a very fair monthly salary in addition to receiving between 5% and 15% of the wholesale price of each item they make. This way, they receive both a regular monthly salary and income throughout the month. Because of this, the workers earn 5 times more in wages than the national average in Kenya. Most medical costs for the workers and their families are also covered and they are provided a daily lunch.
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If you care about the environment, consider wearing this eco-friendly jewelry. Taking a stand never looked so good!