EKORU

EKORU

Finland
info@ekoru.fi
Tallipiha, Nooran putiikki
Kuninkaankatu 4
33210 Tampere
Finland
EKORU makes re-jewellery out of Finnish coins no longer in use and old silver spoons and forks.
Company
Who is behind the shop and where the idea came from? 
My name is Laura Saarivuori-Eskola and I'm from Eno, North Carelia, been living in Tampere for fifteen years now. My education is metal artisan and an artisan is what I consider myself to be. The idea for my jewelry came about when I was in school in the early 2000s and with constant work I've been able to develop it to an every day job.
How many people work for your company? 
Just me alone.
What have been the highlights for your company? 
Being invited to "Green Design"-recycling exihibition in Budapest in 2009, Young Artisan of the Year 2010 award and Ainoa-spoonmedallion being bought to the collection of Finnish Craft Museum.
How do you aim to improve the welfare of the environment and human. 
I would like to be able to raise awareness with the ecological and ethical problems of the mining of precious metals and jewels and also to the sentimental value of jewelry, which is far bigger than the actual financial value.
Has your company had to give up something to be more sustainable and responsible? 
Not reallly.
Products and product creation
Which product best describes you and why? 
Toive ( a wish) pendant is my favourite. Its design is simple and innovative; that is how I also hope to be.
What makes your products environmentally friendly? 
Nearly all the precious metals I use are recycled. I make all the jewelry myself, near where I live and in the backroom of my shop; truly a local product!