Beauty out of something broken - the Nozomi Project

One concept in Japan that I absolutely adore is the idea of kintsugi or kintsukuroi - which is where broken pottery items are repaired with gold. The breaks are seen as something to value rather than something that is an eyesore or a reason to throw something away. In fact, it's seen as more of a storytelling thing and becomes a bigger incentive to keep the item!
I think in so many parts of the world these days, we sadly see broken items as something we immediately need to discard - it's "ruined", so we just end up wanting to throw it in the trash. I do think there has absolutely been more of a movement though in recent years towards things like upcycling, and using things we have rather than buying new all the time.
A business that I found out about since living in Japan which I love (both for their products and their entire philosophy!) are called the Nozomi Project. They do exactly this - use something broken and turn it into something beautiful.
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The Nozomi Project rose from the devastation of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Naturally after such a catastrophic event, there were lots of things that were found washed up, broken and damaged in the area - one of which was pottery. Their business was built from this, with the idea that those broken pieces of pottery being found in the local area could be turned from something that had reminders of heartache to something that would be cherished and loved.
The Nozomi Project make all manner of jewelry, from necklaces and bracelets to earrings and rings. They also make cufflinks and keychains - so there's something for just about everyone.
They even ship internationally, so if you're not in Japan there's still a way to get your hands on a piece of jewelry that truly has a story behind it.
I love supporting small businesses, and especially ones with such a positive and uplifting message behind them! I have a necklace of theirs already, and a long list of other things I want to purchase!
[Pic Credit is from the Nozomi Project website.]

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