Each bead in this eco-friendly necklace is handmade from discarded bottles. The bottles are cleaned, broken, then melted in a furnace. The bead is then spun from the melted glass on a metal rod and handcrafted by Kenyan women into this simple and lovely 2-strand necklace with silver-plated triangle accents and silver-tone giriama beads. About 18" long with a 2" beaded extension chain. We have matching bracelets.
Comes with a jewelry pouch made from recycled, traditional African fabrics.
This one-of-a kind piece was made by one of 21 men and women working in Nairobi. 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.
An elegant piece that changed my view on Fair Trade!
Posted by Janice Erickson on 20th May 2012
This piece was a surprise from my friend and I am absolutely in love! The craftsmanship of this necklace was fantastic. The details are impecable! My friend got me the Cobalt one and the color is so vibrant!
Thank you Fair Trade Designs! I am excited to expand my Fair Trade collection.