Remember that movie, Blood Diamond, with Leonardo DiCaprio? If you didn’t see it, it was a political thriller about diamonds mined in African war zones. If you didn’t know, October was Fair Trade Month, so while I’m late it’s never to late to introduce you to a business with a good cause. Meet Fairmined Gold by Brilliant Earth.
The reason I’m sharing this with you is because this hit close to home. Currently, Brilliant Earth sources their Fairmined gold from two co-ops in Sotrami, Aurelsa and Peru. My mother is Peruvian and when I looked at the Brilliant Earth website the miners look like my mom. Sorry to get sentimental, but it just made this whole issue more personal for me.
Fairmined certified gold originates from small-scale mining cooperatives and is independently certified under the official Fairmined standard. This standard makes a tangible impact in miners’ lives by promoting fair wages, improving working conditions, and providing economic development in their local communities. Under this standard, miners are also responsible for reducing the environmental impact of their mining.
I hope you’ll take a look at the website and learn more about this great organization.