According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory, “metal mining is the nation’s #1 toxic polluter” and Earthworks states that mining is the biggest polluter in the USA, contributing to arsenic, mercury, and lead pollution.
People purchasing ethically conscious jewelry from KBH Jewels help to eliminate the need to mine for natural resources. Both the diamonds and gold that are used in the fine artisanship of this jewelry are 100% conflict-free and sustainable. Everything that KBH produces, supplies, and ships - from jewelry to packaging - is sourced from ethical, sustainable, and reclaimed methods.
The Facts: Gold Mining
Similar to diamond mining, gold mining relies on unethical human methods, while producing enormous amounts of toxic waste, destroying landscapes, and displacing animals. Dirty mining practices leave water heavily polluted with mercury and cyanide. Global mercury pollution is one of the greatest threats to our society as mercury never breaks down to a non-toxic state. About 1,400 tons of toxic mercury are released into the environment each year. This amounts to about 8,000 pounds a day.
Artisanal gold mining is responsible for over 30% of the world’s mercury emissions – according to The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Human activity in artisanal and small-scale gold mining is the largest source of mercury pollution- The United Nations Environment Programme
4.5 million women and 600,000 children are among some 15 million artisanal gold miners being poisoned by direct contact with toxic mercury - Pure Earth
The largest source of mercury poisoning in fish worldwide is mercury used in artisanal gold mining - Pure Earth
Gold mining happens on U.S. soil, with domestic gold mining production estimated to be about 245 tons in 2017. This is 10% more than what was produced in 2016 at a value of about $9.9 billion. Gold mining has taken place in the U.S. since 1799. This makes the U.S. the fourth largest gold-producing nation, behind China, Australia, and Russia. According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey - 2018), the following states participate with over 40 mines in gold production:
KBH Jewels is a proud supporter of Earthworks and member of Ethical Metalsmiths, Mercury Free Mining, and MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America).
Protects people and the environment from destructive mining, drilling, and fracking. We are also proud signatories to the “No Dirty Gold” campaign's Golden Rules.”
Inspiring responsible jewelry practices through education, connection, and action.
Mercury Free Mining
Transforming artisnal and small scale gold mining for the health of the world.
The association for jewelry makers, designers, trade supplier, and custom designing retailers.