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Mother's don't want dirty gold for Mother's Day -- and 70 jewelry companies know it

By Scott Cardiff

May 6, 2010

I'm probably not the only one to have been scrambling to figure out what to do for my mother for Mother's Day. You want to give her something nice and ethical -- not jewelry made from gold mining that has poisoned communities and destroyed livelihoods.

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Educating Nadia -- EARTHWORKS' new Marcellus organizer

By Nadia Steinzor

April 22, 2010

The bottle boasted water from "Endless Mountain," a place far away from "the contaminants of air and surface pollution." This should have made me feel good about drinking it except that it was given to me by a Dimock, PA resident whose tap water was contaminated after natural gas drilling came to town. For that, and the resulting weekly delivery of bottled water, she has Cabot Oil & Gas to thank.

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Toby Pomeroy: Bristol Bay is a jewel in our safekeeping

By Toby Pomeroy

April 14, 2010

Toby Pomeroy's craft-jewelry studio is a signer of the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge and the No Dirty Gold campaign's Golden Rules.  In this guest blog post, he explains why he signed the pledge.

I signed on to the Bristol Bay pledge as an action to express my commitment that we must, as responsible members of the family of man, act consistently with the restoration and preservation of the bounty we have inherited so that our children's children can marvel at the same wonders that have been here millennia before us. 

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, golden rules, jewelry, bristol bay pledge, toby pomeroy


Zales and Other Jewelry Retailers Say No to Pebble

By Scott Cardiff

April 13, 2010

The retail giant Zales and a number of other jewelry companies have added to the growing opposition to mining in the Bristol Bay watershed and the planned Pebble mine.  They have signed the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge and so stated their opposition to the copper-gold mine that would threaten one of the best salmon fisheries in the world.  The local communities in Alaska don't want the Pebble mine, and these jewelers are supporting the rights of the communities to protect their livelihoods.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, pebble, jewelry


Jewelry report card update: more jewelers get a higher grade

By Alan Septoff

April 2, 2010

Last month, we told you about the release of Tarnished Gold: assessing the jewelry industry's progress on ethical sourcing of metalsIn essence, Tarnished Gold is a report card that evaluates the progress jewelers have made in pursuit of cleaner sources of precious metals.

Some jewelers saw the first report and realized they needed to do more, and tell us more about what they were already doing. So they sent us additional information and assurance about their efforts.

Yesterday we issued an updated report, which notes further advances by four large jewelers and a dozen smaller companies. Eleven small jewelry companies now deserve an "A" rating for their efforts.

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