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Ethical Outlooks


The Ultimate Brilliant Earth Review: Bullsh*t, or Ethical Jewelry Leaders?

Marc Choyt | Oct 15, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
Honestly, a small-scale gold miner in Kenya or Peru could not care less about an “ethical” recycled gold wedding ring shipped to you in a recycled paper or wooden box. This ring has zero impact on their lives, and by choosing it over a Fairtrade Gold wedding ring, you are essentially supporting the status quo.

Boycott Conflict Free Diamonds

Marc Choyt | Sep 18, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
Using the term “conflict free diamonds” is a denial of history, an affirmation that you can kill millions of people and get away with it. Not one person in the diamond sector has ever been personally held accountable for wars funded by diamonds in the ‘80s and ’90s. The term “conflict free diamonds” is the same as saying “Black African lives don’t matter.”

15 Reasons You Should Buy Fairtrade Gold Jewelry vs Recycled Jewelry

Marc Choyt | Sep 18, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
The most important question to ask your jeweler is: is this piece traceable from mine to market? And yes, this definitely applies to jewelers who use recycled gold wedding rings.

Chief Bev Sellers On Mining, Activism and Cultural Resiliency

Marc Choyt | May 12, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
My sister, among many of my family, is a hunter. Because of the impact of mining on water and plants, some deer and moose liver are spotted from disease. Organ meat is where you first see the damage. My sister had to leave a whole moose in the bush because it was full of sores, something no one in our community had seen before.

Our Ethical Diamond Sources: Canadian Mined, Recycled, and Lab Grown Diamonds

Marc Choyt | Apr 05, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
There’s a lot of discussion about lab grown diamonds being more “eco-friendly” than mined diamonds. In truth, this depends on where the lab grown and mined diamond were originated. There’s a huge difference between a small-scale miner finding a diamond in the dirt versus a full-on industrial operation that exists in the Northern territories of Canada.

"Eco-Friendly" Recycled Gold Infographic

Marc Choyt | Mar 18, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
The more recycled paper we use, the fewer trees we cut down. True. The more recycled gold we use, the less we mine. False.

Fairtrade Gold vs Dirty Gold Infographic

Marc Choyt | Mar 17, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
The difference between Fairtrade Gold and dirty gold runs deep. Let this handy infographic be your guide! Each link sends you to a short article explaining the aspect in question in a bit more detail. #NoDirtyGold

Why Fairtrade Gold and How it Works

Marc Choyt | Mar 16, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
Many ASM miners survive on $1-2/day, and most are subject to unfair terms of trade—along with a lack of basic human rights protections...Exploited by middlemen, they rarely receive a fair price for their gold—and become ensnared in a cycle of poverty.

The Truth About Recycled Gold vs Fairtrade Gold

Marc Choyt | Mar 16, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
It's a simple fact that recycling precious metals (like gold) is not the same as recycling plastic bottles or aluminum cans. To put it baldly, using recycled gold has absolutely no environmental or humanitarian benefits.

Macdesa Fairtrade Gold Offered at Reflective Jewelry

Marc Choyt | Mar 04, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
While large-scale mining is about the politics of greed, small-scale mining is about survival. In context of Fairtrade, it is about the people of the land controlling and benefitting from the resources of the land!

 
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