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SUSTAINABILITY BEGINS WITH
Jewelry Made to Last
Our sustainability approach begins with a focus on high-quality products, made to last a lifetime and beyond.
Sustainability at a glance
Our Sustainability Goals are adopted from the United Nations 17 SDGs.
100% of production scrap metal is recycled for new production.
Since 2005 our employee-led credit union provides emergency financing for our workers.
We are a women-led company with a majority workforce of women, at a ratio of 2:1.
80% of our factory will be powered by clean, solar power by 2030.
100% of our workers earn above the living wage.
Loytee Company Limited is a family-owned business founded in Bangkok in 1985 manufacturing sterling silver and gold vermeil jewelry. Since our founding, we have produced over 120 million pieces of jewelry and counting for our partners. Today we are passionate about working with jewelry brands that have a shared vision for high-quality products that will last a lifetime, and be enjoyed for generations to come.
Certification & Membership
Sustainability means working in partnership with industry organizations that work to make the entire industry better. We are a part, and source from global organizations that practice the highest standards.
Sustainable materials means high-quality materials sourced from certified and trusted partners. Our alloys and precious metals are sourced from the highest standards in the industry.
USA Grade High-Quality Silver
Sterling silver is a precious metal alloy that is widely used for making jewelry. It is defined as a mixture of pure silver and other metals, usually copper. The reason for adding other metals, such as copper, to silver is to increase its durability and strength, as pure silver is quite soft and malleable. The addition of these alloys provides the necessary structural integrity for jewelry items.
We source our silver grain from an ISO-Certified 9001:2015 vendor who is listed on the New York Stock Exchange which ensures that our silver is:
- ISO-Certified Vendor
- REACH Compliant
- Prop 65 Compliant
- Conflict-Free Material
Read our article on where much of the jewelry industry's silver comes from here.
In-Cast Recycled Silver
The majority of silver that we use in our production is from in-cast recycled silver. This means that we recycle 100% of the silver used from within our production supply chain without waste. If our customers would like to use only certified recycled silver such as SCS Global Services, we provide this at an additional cost. (See next tab).
Certified Recycled Silver
Certified recycled silver grain is a form of silver that has been reclaimed and processed from recycled sources that have received certification from recognized standards or organizations within the jewelry industry. Kindly note that this option can be more costly due to the additional processes needed to evaluate and certify the recycled silver grain. In our experience, the quality of recycled silver does not perform better or have more resistance than our standard quality silver grain used in all production.
Sourcing from this option ensures that the silver grain used in production is:
- Certified Recycled by a third party
- Certified Mine-free
- Conflict-Free Material
Read more on recycled silver and gold here.
Gold Vermeil & Gold Plate
Electroplating with gold involves applying a layer of gold onto a base metal through an electroplating process where an electric current is used to deposit the gold onto the base metal's surface. Gold vermeil is a specific type of gold plating. To be considered vermeil, the gold layer must be thicker and of higher quality than standard gold plating of at least 2.5 microns thick and is often applied over sterling silver as the base metal.
For the gold plating process we source our gold from gold potassium cynamide (GPC) which is sourced from a Responsible Jewelry Council, Chain of Custody certified member to ensure:
- RJC Certified Vendor
- REACH Compliant
- Prop 65
- Conflict-free material
Read more on the difference between gold plate, gold vermeil and gold PVD here.
Fairmined Gold refers to gold sourced from certified artisanal and small-scale mines (ASM) that meet world-leading standards for responsible practices. Established by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), the Fairmined standard supports transparent ethical sourcing from miners who meet strict criteria for social development, environmental protection, and labor rights.
Loytee is currently in the research and development stages of sourcing Fairmined Silver and Gold. Email our team to follow up on the latest information on working with Fairmined precious metals.
Sourcing from Fairmined Gold or Silver ensures:
- Fairmined Certified
- Conflict-Free Materials
Learn more about Fairmined here.
Brass items are primarily made from an alloy of copper and zinc. The specific ratio of copper to zinc can vary, resulting in different shades of brass, from reddish to yellowish tones.
Lead is extremely harmful to the human body and the environment. All brass in our factory is lead-free brass that is sourced from a Responsible Jewelry Council, Chain of Custody certified member which ensures that our brass is:
Safety for Customers, Workers, and the Environment
Sustainability means using high-quality products only and regulating and enforcing the prevention of toxic and harmful materials from entering our supply chain for the safety and our workers and customers.
Sustainability means creating a workplace that provides above living wages and benefits for our workers as well as career training and development.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We have adopted the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals to give a framework to our environmental goals for 2030. Browse a brief summary of a few selected Sustainable Development goals below:
United Nations SDGs
#5 | Loytee employs a majority female workforce. Currently Loytee employs 188 employees. The ratio of women to men is 130:58. Our ratio of women to men in our production staff is 2:1. Our ratio of women to men in our administrative staff is 3:1. Our ratio of women to men managers is 3:2.
Responsible Consumption & Production
#12 | Loytee sources our precious metals from accredited and certified gold and silver vendors namely ISO-Certified and Responsible Jewelry Council certified members. Refer to our Code of Ethics for more details.
#13 | Loytee has made a long-term goal to reduce our carbon footprint to zero by 2030 through reducing emissions and offsetting.
Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions
#16 | Loytee Company works to promote an inclusive community and educate and inform our employees about exploitation, violence and crime to build a strong community that promotes human rights.
Sustainability Cheat Sheet
Sustainability is a very broad topic. What it means varies greatly depending on each brand, market, and product. We've highlighted three well-known sustainability frameworks that jewelry companies can adopt to begin to discuss sustainability for their brands.
Glossary & Resources
Learn more about sustainability and browse topics specific to sustainable jewelry manufacturing.
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