21 Dec “O, rank is good, and gold is fair…”
Finding ethical options for your wedding rings can be difficult. A ring should be a sign of the love and faithfulness of your wife or husband. It should remind you of the lasting commitment and bond you have. Yet harmful working conditions and forced labour are a reality in many gold mines. £63 billion was spent on gold jewellery across the world in 2013, but Tanzanian miners may not even earn 65p per day. Supply chains with poor accountability can make discovering the origins of your rings virtually impossible.
Fairtrade is a trusted certification mark that can help. You’ve probably heard of it and seen the mark used on bananas and coffee but did you know that gold mines can be awarded fairtrade status too?
Earlier in October 2015, the first East African gold mines were awarded fairtrade status, meaning workers there are guaranteed a fair price for their work, child and forced labour is prohibited and safe and responsible practices for managing toxic chemicals are required.
CRED Jewellery have been celebrating this new development, as pioneers of fairtrade, ethical jewellery in the UK. They have a range of fairtrade wedding rings, that you can be sure are free from exploitation.
“O, rank is good, and gold is fair, and high and low mate ill; but love has never known a law, beyond its own sweet will!” – John Greenleaf Whittier
For more info:
Fair Gold www.fairgold.org
Marie Claire “Meet The Women Earning Money For The First Time Thanks To Fairtrade Gold” www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/550675/fairtrade-gold.html