sea-wor-thy /sē-wər-thē/ (fit or safe for travel)
Seaworthy started in January of 2010 as a side project. An opportunity to escape a corporate job that had our designer, Marisa Howard, drowning in boredom. Over the years, Seaworthy has grown from a hobby to a full-blown jewelry production facility, employing skilled artisans and honoring a history of US manufactured jewelry.
Seaworthy isn't just a fashion collection, it is a commitment to a way of creating that speaks to longevity. Nothing happens fast in handmade jewelry, so every piece must be made with intention. We are equally as committed to the process as we are to the final product.
We are Silver Certified through the Sustainability at Work program with the City of Portland. This involves a variety of extra steps for recycling, composting, energy efficiency, conscious disposal practices and more. We are working towards a 100% waste free production process. Items not used in production are recycled or re-used directly into our process. We support like-minded businesses through our supply chain, buying recycled and fair-mined materials where available and purchasing from US manufacturers and miners.
Being a sustainable manufacturer also involves supporting your products after they are sold. This means we are committed to educating our customers on proper care and offering repairs as needed.
We use all re-usable or recyclable packaging and our shipping envelopes are made from 100% recycled, 90% post consumer materials and they are compostable!
A large part of our sustainability commitment is about creating a positive work environment for the Seaworthy staff. This means a space of acceptance and respect, including opportunities for growth, diversified work loads and We pay living wages and provide paid time off. In addition, the Seaworthy staff is paid for 2.5 hours of volunteer time each month. They are also reimbursed through our Wellness Program for things like yoga, massage, acupuncture, health related support groups, counseling and a variety of other choices they make for their own mental and physical well being.
We donate 1% of our retail sales to causes that we believe in from local shelters to national organizations like the ACLU. In addition, we have raised funds for families in our community that are facing medical expenses or hardships outside of their means.
We're a small company. Our resources are limited but our ambition and heart is immeasurable. Every little bit counts. We do our part to make sure you feel good about spending your money here.
The fives items listed below are our operating principles and the baseline from which we do business.
We approach our work with integrity. We honor and respect our art and that of our peers. We approach our interactions internally and externally in a way that values each individual.
We manufacture quality, lifetime products in an environment that nurtures quality of life. We partner with companies that share this philosophy.
Sustainable manufacturing practices are at the forefront of our business. We work in a way that honors the processes we've created while allowing us to be open to opportunity and improvement.
We are building and nurturing a thriving community of employees, customers, vendors and neighbors. We are accountable to our community through our practices.
We stay open to opportunity and growth, for this business as a whole and for each individual within the business. We strive to minimize our impact on the planet while impacting our community in a positive way.