RENTON, Wash. — A woman-owned company in Renton is changing the game by making sustainable jewelry.
Boma Jewelry, a 40+ year old brand, uses deadstock materials to create contemporary and on-trend designs.
"Some people would just kind of throw it away, but we held onto it and 20, 25 years later, we made something beautiful out of it,” said COO Cleo Escarez.
The company was founded in Seattle back in 1981 and is still owned and operated by the same family.
"I am actually the daughter of the founders,” said CEO Suzanne Vetillart.
Boma’s zero-waste collection is just one of the ways the company merges commerce with consciousness.
All of the pieces are made in the founder's native Thailand, at a family-owned factory where some of the artisans have worked for 30 years.
"These are people who've watched me grow up from being a baby, and I think that's really the kind of company we are - we provide careers for life for our workers,” Vetillart said.
The business also provides for their workers' families through the Boma Girl Fund, offering support like educational grants.
It's personal for Vetillart, who’s a mother of four.
"In 20 or 30 years, I want to know that the work I'm doing today is actually relevant and is doing something valuable for the next generation,” she said. "Your products are made with care and integrity and ethics."
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Boma has a special collection celebrating the occasion. The Treasured Collection is a tribute to the company's own Asian heritage. Throughout the month, Boma will donate 100% of the profits from the collection to the AAPI Community Fund.