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Sustainability Commitment

At Chocolate and Steel, we're committed to making business choices that contribute to a healthy environment, support local economy, and make the world a better place.

Jewelry studio using recycled sterling silver

ENVIRONMENT

The Chocolate and Steel studio makes every effort to tread lightly on our planet. The studio is powered by wind and solar energy through a program offered by our utility company.  We use recycled paper goods for our packaging and store and reuse any other shipping materials we receive.  The studio is stocked with reusable plates & utensils so nothing is thrown away.

In addition, we are members of 1% for the Planet.  We commit to donate 1% of all sales to environmental non-profits.

MATERIALS

Our manufacturing processes are also eco-friendly. All jewelry pieces are made with recycled sterling silver.  The gold vermeil is sterling silver with a heavy coating of "eco gold," which is a technique that does not require harsh chemicals in the plating process. We avoid harsh chemicals in our manufacturing whenever possible.  And any pieces that do not pass our quality control are melted down and refined to be used again.  In addition, all of our jewelry is nickel free.

Our packaging is made with recyclable materials, including compostable bags for our wholesale accounts. 

MADE IN THE USA

All of our jewelry is made in the USA, even our chains are manufactured here in the states.  By keeping all aspects of our process in the US we help support our local economy.  Many of our employees are parents so our studio hours support the schedule needed to juggle both a career and a family.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to empower women with genuine expressions of acceptance, love and strength in the form of jewelry, with sustainability and giving back woven throughout.

Core Values:

  1. SELF EXPRESSION: Be you in an adventurous, curious, empowered and mindful way
  2. ACCEPTANCE: Take a stance on beliefs and openness
  3. CREATING: Creating and evolving, master of your trade  
  4. INTEGRITY: Accepting and treating people and things with kindness, respect and love.
  5. PEOPLE: Helping others – building American small business/local economy
  6. SUSTAINABILITY: Woven throughout supply chain and business practices