SUSTAINABILITY & PRODUCTION
WOS understands that the choices we make in purchasing and production affect the world around us. Therefore, we work continuously to review our organization to ensure that our business is as sustainable as possible. Here are some of the ways we work today.
At WOS you will find jewelry and accessories that are locally produced by hand in Sweden. Everything is gathered under the category "handmade in Sweden" to make it easier for those who want to choose sustainable and locally produced products. Many of our designers create their designs in recycled materials such as silver, brass or old plastic packaging.
WOS OWN PRODUCTION
WOS strives to produce timeless jewelry, where both design and quality ensure that each piece of jewelry stands the test of time in order to go against "fast fashion". We are careful when we choose our producers and suppliers and try to work only with small-scale manufacturers, mainly in India, China and Thailand.
A large part of the WOS jewelery range is made of steel with a special gold plating technique to extend the lifetime of the colour. The technology is called PVD - Physical Vapor Deposition. The PVD process creates no hazardous waste and does not limit the recyclability of the stainless steel. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and can be recycled any number of times. In addition, stainless steel is one of the least energy- and resource-intensive metals to manufacture. This production takes place in China where we have an employee controller on site to ensure good production.
Chun Mei, who calls herself Yoyo in English, manages all our business in the Chinese market. Yoyo works as our order maker, quality assurance & logistics manager in China and we have worked together since 2012.
WOS also produces jewelry in silver and brass. These materials are also materials that can be recycled. The largest part of this production takes place in Thailand. In addition to the fact that the materials can be recycled, the advantage of silver and brass is that they can be polished and become like new, again and again.
Favilai manufactures WOS jewelry in silver and brass in Bangkok, including our "Hei" earrings and animal rings, the necklace "bästis", etc. She has had her company since 2009.
Ju Hai Long manufactures our WOS bags, including "Zoba" and "Ingrid". Ju and his wife own this company together, a shop and a factory. 23 people work in the factory. The factory and shop are located in Southeast China.
Mrs. Nice Xu (left) is the woman who makes our wallets and purses. Her company and factory is located in Southeast China and has been in business since 2003. She has 30 employees.
Mr. Lin makes the majority of our jewelry in stainless steel. The factory has 50 employees and was started in 2008. The factory is located in Southeast China.
Mr. Hu manufactures several of our accessories in plexiglass. The factory has 8 employees who work as machine technicians, illustrators and material technicians. The factory has been operating since 2009. The factory is located in Southeast China.
We work actively to reduce our environmental impact in the daily choices we make, regardless of whether it is about our goal of having a paperless office or how we book travel and shipping. We are constantly working to improve our deliveries and now send more and more deliveries by boat to reduce our footprint.
We also try to stay up-to-date on developments in the jewelery industry, which can give us the opportunity to constantly improve our sustainability work.