Thursday, 2 February 2012

Fairmined Gold

The Fairtrade Foundation has been doing tremendous work promoting and enabling the sales of Fairtrade products for many years but has now moved even further into Green Fashion. Garments and cotton have long been able to be certified with the Fairtrade label but since February 2011 it has been possible to buy Fairtrade Gold.

It is a well known fact that miners face some of the worst working conditions in the world. Fairtrade and Fairmined standards have introduced measures to ensure the miners working conditions are safer and to keep the surrounding environment safe too. Miners receive a guaranteed minimum price for gold and  develop groups and organisations to gain bargaining power in the gold market. Miners receive a Fairtrade premium payment which is reinvested into the miners workplace and community projects such as child-care facilities. Watch the video below to see some of the miners that will benefit from Fairmined gold and to hear their views.

Although Fairmined Gold has been available for a year, it has not been widely advertised or acknowledged. When receiving jewellery, we agree with the Fairtrade Foundation and believe it's the thought that counts- Fairmined gold shows just that thought. For a list of available stockists, please click here. And remember to only buy gold showing both the Fairtrade and Fairmined labels shown below!

Pictures and video from Element Jewellery and Fairtrade Foundation

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