Company Ethos

Company ethics

At El Camino, we care about working with good people, creating good products and being good to the planet. Here are just a few of the ways we put this at the centre of everything we do.

The El Camino Bracelets team on the beach

Products that last

Our products are made from durable materials, carefully chosen to ensure they’ll be around as long as you and the memories you make. Strong, resistant to corrosion and made to last, your El Camino bracelet is in it for the long term.

El Camino Bracelets only use the highest quality materials

All our bracelets are handmade in the UK, constructed from four woven cords, each with a breaking strain of over 34kgs. From engraving the surgical grade stainless steel Steps and clasp to making and kiln firing the glass beads, your bracelet is made with love and the strength to endure everything you have to throw at it on your travels.

An El Camino Bracelet on the beach.

All our materials are responsibly sourced. We build relationships that last too; many of our suppliers have been with us since the start.

Plastic-free packaging

Since 2019, all our packaging is 100% plastic-free, from the envelopes the orders are sent in, to the wrapping containing the Steps and bracelets. It took us a while to find the perfect solution, but it was worth the wait to get it right.

El Camino Bracelets Plastic Free Packaging

Caring for the planet

We believe in living our lives in the most environmentally responsible way. For the El Camino team, this means keeping our impact on the planet as light as possible, both at home and work.

Our HQ is made from recycled shipping containers, fitted out with large windows. Not only does this make for a bright workspace, but it reduces the need for too much artificial electric light. When we do need to plug in, we use e-on as our electricity provider, which is powered by 100% renewable energy sources.

We recycle as much as possible, keeping things digital wherever we can to avoid unnecessary paper waste. All packaging cycles through the business time and time again: finished bracelets arrive in a bag, which then is sent back to the makers to re-fill.

If we can, we walk to work. And canine companions are positively encouraged, which makes for a very happy working environment for all.

The El Camino Bracelets team

People first

All our good intentions wouldn’t mean a jot if it wasn’t for our amazing people.

From the very first person we showed how to make an El Camino bracelet (Angie) to the team she’s now trained to do the job, to the lady who makes our glass beads (Julie) and then taught her sister (Becky) the same craft, through to our original Step engravers (Brian and Richard, and later Brian's son, James) and their merry band… the success of El Camino relies on all the individuals whose commitment and graft pours into every piece.

Our Cornwall HQ is the beating heart of the El Camino family, bringing together a group of like-minded people united by a love of the coastal lifestyle we’re lucky to enjoy here. From taking surf breaks and cold water dips to a relaxed barefoot vibe in the office, it’s all about work-life balance and putting health and wellbeing above all else. Coupled with flexible hours and a shared wanderlust, this makes for a really happy environment. And that translates into our work.

The El Camino Bracelets team

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