It is only natural for Tintsaba to honour and respect the earth which provides the common weed sisal for the creation of our exquisite products. We do it through environmental programmes and continuous training for our staff.
Sustainable Local Fibres
Sisal Agave sisalensis is an invasive weed that grows throughout Swaziland and it is used to make cattle fences. Because it is an invasive exotic plant, it is ideal for craft production since harvesting does not threaten the country's natural biodiversity. Tintsaba centers on the use of sisal the creation of all its refined handmade items.
The preparation of the raw material involves little water and no chemicals. The dye pots are specially designed to use wood fuel to its fullest potential and the wood used is waste from a sawmill using exotic timber. There is also a soak away to catch any minute bits of dye or vinegar that is used as a fixative.
Tintsaba holds a certificate from the dye company for environmentally safe dyes. We are also in the process of developing a range of organic dyes specifically for use in the jewellery.
The method of dye is ” to exhaustion” which means that all the dye is used up in the process.
All components used in the jewellery are nickel free. The wire used in the natural jewellery is made from silver plated wire around a copper core. A nickel free certificate is available.
The silver is 925 Sterling silver imported from reliable and credible source.
Staff are trained in the waste disposal so that all is split into organic and reusable/recyclable and the remainder is burnt in a specially designed incinerator. The office is inside a nature reserve, ensuring that all waste is correctly disposed of and staff are educated in minimal impact on the environment.