Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sara began creating various forms of art as a child. Making jewelry became her most beloved pastime after spending time in a Washington, DC bead store, and soon transformed into a career. Calling upon her business school education and her environmental nonprofit work experience, the development of her own creative venture came naturally.
Sara continuously looks for ways to combine her passions for art and the environment. Operating her own small business while creating art with her hands is just the beginning: the Sara Danielle studio is powered by 100% renewable energy, the 14K and 18K gold used in Sara Danielle's fine jewelry collection are entirely recycled-content, and all scrap metals are refined and reused. In addition to recycling glass, papers, and plastics, every effort is made to use sustainably harvested or post-consumer recycled content consumable products, such as gift wrapping, office supplies, and marketing materials. Even the leftovers from lunch are composted (but there is usually nothing left to compost!).
In addition to creating jewelry, Sara engages in positive, fun, and Earth-focused activities. Sara serves as:
- Sustainability Coordinator at a local government's Office of Sustainability.
- Chair of her City's Sustainability Advisory Board.
- A Certified Master Recycler with over 120 hours of volunteer service on the topics of waste reduction, sustainable consumption, green cleaners, and recycling.
- An event planner in her community, coordinating educational and seasonal environmentally-themed events.
- An active volunteer with a variety of Oregon-based environmental nonprofit organizations and local government agencies.
- A participant in environmental-based discussion groups that promote dialogue and sustainable change.
- An educator who leads sustainability-focused workshops at a local community college.
- A wife, daughter, granddaughter, and sister, who loves Oregon wilderness and getting out to explore with her hubby.
Sara is a firm believer in supporting her community and donates regularly to nonprofit organizations, including local school fundraisers, Asian Women's Shelter, Dress for Success, Make a Wish Foundation, Friends of the Children, and public radio, to name a few. In addition, a portion of each sale is donated to animal rights and environmental organizations, including The Humane Society, Farm Sanctuary, and Boston Building Resources.