WHERE DO WE SOURCE OUR PRODUCTS ?
As a conscious crystals business owner and lover, I always ensure that all our crystals are ethically sourced. And I'm here to tell you why I care about the sourcing process and why you should only purchase from businesses that source their products responsibly.
Not long after fallen down the rabbit hole of collecting crystals, I have discovered the dark side of crystals mining. I believe many of you have watched the movie "Blood Diamond" a movie based on real-life situations in the diamond mining industry. Yes, I know, crystals are not as expensive but the mining process and environment could be as terrific due to their high market demand. The mining and distribution of crystals are linked to many conflicts and violence.
Most crystals are largely mined from third world countries, where their labor laws and environmental regulations are poorly regulated. In some mines, the conditions are unprotected, with little safety equipments, and low wages for workers. Very often these crystals businesses can sell them at a much lower price. Despite their quality, the costs could be much lower when they exploit the wage of the vulnerable workers, or sometimes even mining stones illegally by corrupting officials that control the mining areas. Through purchasing from them, you are indirectly supporting illegal mining, corruption, and depriving these valuable natural resources of the local residents that live in poverty and the much-needed revenue for their country. In the crystal market, these events are not just the tip of the ice, it's more common than you would imagine, therefore be a conscious consumer, especially when purchasing these natural crystals for wellness.
In our business, we only purchase from trusted wholesalers, factories, suppliers that source their crystals ethically. By ethically, it means that they ensure that workers are highly protected and fairly traded ( miners are paid a fair price for their hard work), also following the environmental regulation (no harsh chemical used during the mining process).
We are willing to be transparent regarding where we source our products. For our crystals, we source roughly around 70% from the origins (mainly from Brazil and Madagascar), 30% from other overseas wholesalers (from the US & Europe). The main reasons that we source from other oversea wholesalers other than from their origins are due to the high minimum orders for some stones. As a small business, we cannot afford to purchase 25kg of crystals at once. Another reason is that we love ourselves some professionally carved stones, where we usually source our carved stones from our US wholesalers. Even though we purchase from other wholesalers, we still ensure that they source their products responsibly.