Some Helpful Information on Fairtrade Gold
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Form Bespoke Jewellers are proud to be a part of the Hockley Mint Fairtrade Ambassadors Scheme. We offer Fairtrade Gold options on all our jewellery.
Basic Fairtrade Gold Facts
Fairtrade Gold initiatives could affect up to 100 million people.
Fairtrade Gold is both sustainably and ethically sourced.
Fairtrade mines are legal and miners are legally supported.
Fairtrade miners are given specialist safety equipment, technology and training.
Becoming Fairtrade Certified
It can take from 3 to 7 years for a mine to be certified as fully Fairtrade.
Fairtrade mines must meet and maintain a set of Fairtrade Standards.
Once established, the mine is supervised by Fairtrade.
The Fairtrade Premium and the Community
$2000 per kilo of gold is given to Fairtrade mining communities to help with local improvements.
Fairtrade work alongside the community as a collective to choose where the Premium is spent.
The Premium often goes towards heath care, infrastructure and education.
Woman and Fairtrade Gold
The rights of women in artisanal gold mines are supported by Fairtrade.
Women are given a voice alongside the men in their community.
Fairtrade involvement has enable the reporting of domestic violence.
Children and Fairtrade Gold
Children under 18 years old are prohibited from entering Fairtrade mines.
Changes in the use of mercury means that babies and children live in a safer, healthier environment.
Children are able to access a supported education.
Mercury poisoning can cause kidney problems, severe headaches, and attack the digestion system and central nervous system.
Fairtrade aims to remove the use of mercury by implementing other methods such as ‘gold catchers’.
Fairtrade minors are given safety-ware to protect them from inhaling toxic chemicals.
Simply put, choosing Fairtrade Gold means that you are supporting artisanal gold miners:
to work in safe and fair conditions
to change the social and environmental impact of the materials they work with
to support the health and wellbeing of their community
It makes sense to choose Fairtrade Gold.
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