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Why you harm the environment with your jewellery and what you can do against it!

The environment and many people have to suffer for your jewelry. Only if you know more about it, you can make the right decision and do not have to live without jewelry.

Right now our environment is getting a lot of attention from activists. Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations and holds a mirror up to us. Critical artists like Campino the lead singer of the band "Toten Hosen" or Leonardo DiCaprio are committed to making a difference in our world. The pursuit of economic growth and money has devastating consequences, but each of us can contribute something to counteract this.

The climate is changing, we notice this in the hotter summers, in the melting glaciers and also in the various natural disasters that we hear about in the daily news. As you read this article, you are also interested in what you can do to improve it and want to make a difference. There are many areas where we can improve, but in this article we would like to focus specifically on jewelry.

Photo by Jacek Dylag on UnsplashJewellery made of traditional jewellery materials such as gold, silver or precious stones is often extracted in crisis regions. There are bad working conditions and in many cases the ordinary workers are exploited. The high profit is distributed among a few and creates a high imbalance in society. In addition, chemicals that are bad for the environment and also cause illness to day labourers are often used to extract raw materials.

Gold is mainly mined in South Africa, Australia, Russia and the USA. But the high gold prices also make remote areas in South America interesting. The mining creates huge mines, the rainforest is cleared and the areas resemble a lunar landscape. Toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury are used to wash the gold from the mined rock. This poisons the water, the soil and the workers. Mostly the workers are poorly paid for their deadly work, many of them are children.

Environmental pollution can also occur during the extraction of other metals such as silver, nickel, copper, etc. due to a lack of industrial standards. 30% of the silver is extracted in Peru. The rock is strongly heated with the addition of coal and made liquid. This can result in heavy pollution from emissions. These emissions damage the environment and the organism. People in the immediate vicinity absorb these pollutants through polluted water or food. Since the common costume jewellery is also made of these materials, it is also no solution to the problem.

The term blood diamond has nothing to do with the red colour of the diamond. The example of Congo shows us how the expensive raw material can harm a people. Here, diamonds are often illegally removed by rebels to buy weapons. The poor population is forced to work for the rebels, but see nothing of the wealth. Some few profit from the diamonds and cause thereby large suffering.

So what is the solution to the problem - should we no longer wear jewellery?

No, there are several possibilities here. If you love the colour of gold and want to continue wearing gold jewellery, there is the possibility to melt down old jewellery or dentures and to extract pure gold from them in special gold refineries. Gold is also used in many electronic products and can be recycled. Let us create your new, individual jewellery from it.

But jewellery doesn't always have to be made of metal. Especially we can offer you sustainable jewellery made of the natural product rubber. Natural rubber is a renewable resource. Our rubber is produced by small cooperatives in the Brazilian rainforest. In this way they protect the rainforest, help small farmers and can wear beautiful, individual jewelry with a clear conscience.

Eco FashionOur producer is a member of the Eco Fashion movement in Latin America.

As mentioned at the beginning, our society is currently undergoing a major rethink. We have only one earth and we want our descendants to be able to revive this wonderful place. Even if the right choice of jewellery is only a small contribution, many small contributions result in something big.

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