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

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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.

A number of jewelry companies have learned this and four more companies have just signed the Golden Rules commitment to state their opposition to dirty gold mining and to seek to source precious metals responsibly. This means that 70 jewelers have now signed the Golden Rules!

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.

A number of jewelry companies have learned this and four more companies have just signed the Golden Rules commitment to state their opposition to dirty gold mining and to seek to source precious metals responsibly. This means that 70 jewelers have now signed the Golden Rules!

The jewelers that have signed the Golden Rules have taken an important step by saying that they don't want irresponsible mining. The mining companies need to step up and meet that demand. But we continue to see mining companies proposing irresponsible mining projects like Newmont's Akyem project in Ghana, Infinito Gold's Crucitas project in Costa Rica, and Anglo American's Pebble project in Alaska. Time for them to seriously think about protecting mothers from mining impacts.

Tagged with: no dirty gold, jewelry, golden rules

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