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I can’t believe it has taken me nine years to address the question of value…material value.
Most people if asked that if through their decision to purchase an item, they could directly impact the work of over 20 artisans (directly, not through a charity), their core values would lead them not to even think twice.
This is the case with BuDhaGirl All Weather Bangles®. Over 20 artisans in Thailand touch each and every bangle. That means that in a set of nine bangles, 180 hands have worked to create a set. That’s not even counting our US quality control, packaging, and fulfillment teams.
Allow me to walk you through our proprietary process of making All Weather Bangles® so you can judge for yourself the value of our products. We begin the process by using the highest quality medical grade tubing (not the c---p used in fake jelly, gelli, or even worse, the über fake “Buddha bangles”).
This tube is cut to precision to insure proper sizing (1-2). Next, we purchase certified gold, silver, and copper leaf foils that are passed through the tubing multiple times to insure beautiful coloration. (3-5)
The foiling process is tedious and takes several days for each bangle as the tube has to drain from organic oil that is used as a binder. Artisans 3-5 are mostly women in the north-central part of Thailand that were once either rice farmers or buffalo herders. Today, because of BuDhaGirl, they are able to be stay-at-home moms and perform their work while being contributors to their family’s financial wellbeing.
The tubes are now sent to our beautiful facility in Bangkok. The tube is then fitted with our custom brass Serenity Prayer™ bead, the tube is re-cut for a perfect bonding fit (6-7).
The bangles are then washed (8-9). The bangles are wiped clean (step 10). They are tumbled in resin to further remove oil residue. (11) They are then quality controlled (12-13). Next, they are bundled in quantities of their respective set size (14-16). Then shipped with oil blotting paper (18-19).
And then there is the actual shipping from Thailand to the US (20+).
But wait, I am still not telling you what happens when they arrive in the US. The bangles arrive at BuDhaGirl HQ, not some distribution center or 3PL. I personally can go check on our bangles anytime. Here, they are unpacked, carefully counted, and put in their holding crates. Next, we unsheathe each large stack of bangles, we wipe them again, group the bangles to form a set using our BuDhaGirl hair tie, then add our All Weather Bangle Ritual card. Not done yet.
When you order, the now individual bangle set is picked. Meticulously packed in our luxe packaging and sent to you with great care. All this happens in our headquarters, again, meaning that I can see every shipment that goes out.
With your purchase, you are supporting an ethical, family-driven, women-owned business that is, in turn, giving jobs and a better livelihood to hundreds of people. With your purchase, you are supporting a business that has copyrights. You are supporting a business that annually tests our AWB® for toxicity and mechanical hazards to ensure the highest quality. You are supporting a business that gives back to causes from animal rescue to Global Wellness initiatives. You are supporting a team that cares about every order. Your purchase affects so many families, and for your decision to choose BuDhaGirl, we are deeply grateful.