What's the difference between eco friendly jewelry and regular jewelry?
I wondered the same thing. Then I learned that the traditional mining process for gold is actually extremely hazardous to the environment, and is often dangerous for the mining workers!
A simple definition of "dirty" jewelry is that which is made from metal that has been mined in the "traditional" way.
Did you know that mining gold to make one ring produces 20 tons of material waste?
That waste gets dumped into water supplies, released into the air or just left behind in giant piles - some are up to 30 stories high!
Cyanide used in the gold mining process and heavy metals uncovered by mining are often not handled properly.
They can contaminate water supplies killing the fish, polluting the water and eventually killing the people who rely upon the water and fish for their existence! Land is stripped and destroyed, residents are displaced.
Child labor is often used by these "dirty" mines.
The mining process is so harmful to the surrounding communities that in one area 99% of the children had severe lead poisoning. The more you learn about the harmful side effects of traditional mining, the more you are shocked that the world continues to let it happen.
Fifty-seven retailers have now signed an agreement to support cleaner non-traditional mining. Among these retailers are some giants like Boscov's, JC Penney, Walmart, QVC and Zales. These jewelers mostly sell fine jewelry. Fairies Dance and Peublito offer lower priced jewelry in metal, wood and other recylced materials.
You can do your part by supporting these retailers and by signing a very simple petition to show your support for clean mining & eco friendly jewelry!
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