Gold mining is a practice that has been around for decades. It has helped the world, both past & present create the most beautiful pieces of jewellery, well before we realized the impact it has on the environment. We’ve seen itravage landscapes, contaminate water supplies, and contribute to the destruction of vital ecosystems. For a material that is considered so 'luxurious' and 'fancy', it is surprising to see how much harm it causes. You would think it’s made in the best way possible, both for the human beings working for it and the environment.
Much of this waste carries with it mercury and cyanide, which are used to extract the gold from the rock.” In fact, gold mining relies heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and produces so much waste that once you learn, it is hard to grasp…
But change is happening: for example, the No Dirty Gold initiative is seeking change in the industry, in order to ensure that gold mining operations respect the environment as well as human rights. There ARE ways to mine gold more sustainably, and we need to ask businesses to make sure that they are respecting both the planet and the workers involved in the mining industry and not just thinking of their bottom dollar. It’s good to know the industry is making progress and the standards for mining are rising, however with the Gold industry being a multi-trillion dollar industry, there will always big the large corporations pushing back and ensuring to protect their financial interests.
Recently, many luxury and high-end jewellery brands have made changes in the way they source gold although we have yet to see the proof of those actions. When it comes to the environmental issues, it’s always hard to quantify and truly evaluate the consequences of the actions of mining for metals, good or bad. The only thing we do know, is that it is essential to get to know a brand before purchasing from it and see that they are committing to better practices.
Moreover, we’re lucky enough to live in a time were there is plenty of new innovations developing every day. For example, we’ve seen the creation of lab-made gold: a new way to create this sought-after material in a more sustainable and maintainable way. We can only hope that it will become more and more accessible to help protect our planet and slow down the mining of precious metals.
Our main priority at Luna & Rose is to make sure we source and work only with sustainable materials and that we are always thinking of our planet first. That is why we work with Recycled Sterling Silver and are constantly researching the best materials to bring your favourite pieces of jewellery to life. But most importantly, we aim to inspire: if we can influence someone, somewhere, to make a change and walk a little lighter on our planet, we’ll consider our job done!
Comments will be approved before showing up.
There’s nothing better than giving back. And giving back to our planet is at the forefront of our mind at Luna & Rose. Everything we do & produce, we ensure that we are keeping our footprint on this planet as light as possible. From working with only recycled metals, to using plant dyes, organic fabrics and shipping in bio-degradable packaging. Now it’s your time to choose conscious Gifts this Christmas and we’ve put together a list of 6 great ideas for you:
THANK YOU for your incredible support of Luna & Rose. As a planet focussed business that is always looking at ways in which we can minimise our impact on the planet and give back through our products and purchases, we were absolutely STOKED with our Green Friday efforts for 2020.
There’s no denying that the festive season of Christmas is privy to a fair bit of excess packaging. From your strawberries purchased in their plastic punnets to your Mum trying to wrap up a new Vacuum Cleaner... It’s been a life-long mission of mine to keep an eye out for new and innovative ways to wrap up gifts that don’t require the purchase of unnecessary wrapping paper for that 1 minute of joy. Now it's time to share these 6 great plastic free packaging ideas with you...