ABOUT GARBAGE NY
We are a female-founded fine jewelry company with its priorities in the right place- Every piece is handcrafted with the highest quality materials by local jewelers in NYC. We like to keep our production where we can see it. Our name is Garbage, but we care a lot about leaving as little of it behind as possible- To minimize overproduction and waste, everything is "made to order" with sustainable practices.
The world can be a shitty, trash-filled hell hole sometimes- So we design everything with a sense of humor and playfulness in mind. Our stuff is made to make you feel confident and hot, which is why we're incredibly selective about the quality of materials we use. Your beauty will never tarnish, and your jewelry should be no different!
OUR SUSTAINABILITY PILLARS
Thoughtful use of materials: Gold and silver is the lifeblood of our product, but it's also notorious for creating immense environmental waste and ethical issues. Even with as few suppliers as possible, working with metals unavoidably has a long supply chain. So, we choose to work with an NYC-based casting company that primarily uses 100% recycled metals.
Just to be clear, this metal was still, at some point, extracted from a mine, which creates unavoidable environmental impact. However, rather than sourcing directly from a mine, our supplier obtains material from a refinery that collects scrap metal from other industries, repurposing them as casting grains and alloys. We tirelessly research our vendors prior to development in order to ensure they meet (and exceed) all state, local, and federal environmental regulations.
No sitting on stock: We implement a standard 2-week lead time to allow everything to be made to order. This ensures we don't waste energy and materials just to have stock on hand. Any unused or damaged items will be melted down and re-used. *Lead time can currently be up to 4 weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic*
Fine Jewelry as a product: Our goal in this business is to create pieces that hold value. Gold and silver jewelry usually outlives its owners and is typically passed down through generations rather than being disposed of. Since our pieces don't tarnish over time, they are less likely to take up space in a landfill one day (Unless it's a tragic accident).
Transparent supply chain: Every component we use is sourced in the United States and assembled locally in New York's jewelry district. We are extremely close with our vendors, pay fair wages, and consider them family! None of our production takes place somewhere we can't see with our own eyes, and we intend to keep it that way regardless of how much the business grows.