At The Kingswood Company, we foster a culture built on hard work, commitment and citizenship. That is why we are committed not only to producing a great product, but also to giving back to our communities and our customers. Our employees are involved in a number of organizations that make meaningful impact on our local communities. In addition, we provide financial support to organizations like Women's Jewelry Association and Jewelers for Children.
In addition to supporting our communities, we are also committed to reducing our environmental impact. Our Fine Jewelry Cleaner and Gentle Jewelry Cleaner have always been non-toxic and biodegradable. However, we realize that there is more to sustainability than buzz words. Following is a summary of where we are focusing our efforts and making strides to do even more.
100% of our suppliers are based in the United States.This is a win for our national economy and the planet. Buying raw materials from local suppliers results in fewer road miles traveled for the materials to get to our production facility in Ohio. We specifically seek out local and regional suppliers for heavy materials such as corrugate and chemicals. Where we do buy from national sources, we work to ensure that inbound shipments are consolidated and utilize backhaul shipping lanes to conserve fuel usage.
Today, less is more…and this is especially true in packaging. In 2006, before many companies were even focused on their green initiatives, we introduced a new jar design that uses significantly less plastic. This change alone saves over 25,000 pounds of plastic a year and utilizes much less gasoline to transport – both into our warehouse and out to our customers.
In addition to the significant reduction in plastic, we are also committed to utilizing as much recycled material as possible in our jars, caps, baskets and brushes. We also source our corrugate from suppliers that utilize recycled waste in their manufacturing process. The last step of the process is for our customers and their customers to reuse and recycle the boxes and plastics they get from us!
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (REUSE)
While The Kingswood Company has worked hard in the area of sustainability for many years, until recently that work was really focused on the Recycle and Reduce portions of the waste hierarchy. In 2013, we added Reuse to the mix. By partnering with a local moving and storage company, roughly 2,500 pounds of cardboard that used to be recycled will be reused as moving and storage boxes.
CORPORATE OFFICE (RECYCLE)
The Kingswood Company practices many energy saving tips in our corporate office and production facility. In 2009, a new recycling program reduced manufacturing waste by over 65%. Public transportation and carpooling to and from work are always encouraged. We shut off all lights, computers and heating and cooling systems when the office is closed.