Where to find eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings

July 16, 2020 by  
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Your engagement and wedding rings are a symbol of your eternal love and commitment to your spouse. If you’re eco-minded, they should also be a testament to your love for and commitment to the planet. So when selecting your metal and gem rings, do so with extra attention to the material origin and manufacturing process. We’ve made it easier with a roundup of some of the best sustainable jewelers. Jewelry-making, at its core, uses natural or eco-friendly materials and sustainable methods, but mass-production has led to pollution , over-harvesting and poor working conditions for thousands of people in the industry. The main issue is the mining process as well as the conflicts common to the areas around mines. As these environmental and humanitarian issues have come to light, a variety of companies have stepped in to do some of the foundational ethical research for you, ensuring you’re making the best wedding ring choice for yourself, your partner and the planet.  Related: How to have a more sustainable wedding Melissa Joy Manning With a Green-certified shop in Berkeley, California and a similar studio in New York City, Melissa Joy Manning is an honorable choice for your wedding rings. Not only is the manufacturing process sustainable, but all products are handmade using recycled precious metals . Packaging is made from recycled materials as well. Plus, carbon offsetting counterbalances any shipping emissions. Ken and Dana Design With each piece handcrafted in NYC, Ken and Dana Design avoids overseas manufacturing and ensures a generous living wage to the workers along the supply chain. All jewelry uses recycled metals to curb the impact caused by sourcing virgin materials. Diamonds are sourced from all Kimberley Process-compliant suppliers, which is a certification system that prohibits the trading of diamonds from conflict regions. Ken and Dana Design also offers Canadian-origin and lab-grown diamonds. A portion of each sale is donated to Earthworks and Cool Effect, organizations aimed at protecting the environment. Couple If diamonds are your dream, Couple.co is a great option for sourcing a ring you know has been thoughtfully made. Each diamond must first be certified by the International Gemological Institute, then only the best are personally selected by the in-house gemologist. For an eco-friendly and 100% ethically sourced and produced option, you can also select lab-grown diamonds. Aurate New York For a combination of minimalist design and high diamond traceability practices, Aurate New York is a solid choice. The gold is 100% recycled, and the company employs a process to ensure each piece is sustainably handmade, casted, polished and perfected in NYC by seventh-generation craftsmen. Plus, for each purchase, the company donates a book to improve literacy efforts across the country. Noémie Another U.S.-based jeweler focused on ethical production, Noémie uses recycled 18K gold and conflict-free certified diamonds. Plus it provides free overnight shipping and returns and a lifetime warranty, and it boasts IGI Diamond Certification. Do Amore Diamond-sourcing is a hot button issue due to the violence in some of these areas. While the Kimberley Process is a great start in avoiding diamonds from conflict areas, it’s not a foolproof indicator. Do Amore recognizes this and takes the process further to ensure safe worker conditions by purchasing all diamonds directly from Diamond Sightholders, who are held to strict sourcing and employee treatment standards. In addition, all rings are made from recycled precious metals, handmade in the U.S. and packaged sans plastic in wood boxes made from sustainable Jarrah trees. MiaDonna All MiaDonna rings are made in the U.S. using lab-developed diamonds and recycled metals. One tree is planted through the Nature Conservatory to carbon-offset each shipment, and the company is dedicated to the protection and reconstruction of areas damaged by the mining process. The company has also been awarded the Green America Seal of Approval, which is best expressed by MiaDonna itself with the statement, “We believe in transparency. As an advocate for diamond mining communities, global societies and the Earth, we are putting a modern twist on an outdated industry.” Erica Weiner If vintage describes your dream ring, check out the unique and expansive collection from Erica Weiner . In addition to offering the flair you desire, going vintage means eliminating the need for virgin materials, making it one of the most sustainable options for eco-friendly wedding jewelry . Catering to all preferences, the company also has handmade options made from recycled materials in contemporary designs. Aide-mémoire Jewelry If your desire to be earth-conscious is combined with a goal to support the LBGTQ+ community, Aide-mémoire Jewelry may be the option you’re looking for. As an “all-inclusive, queer woman-owned small business in Seattle, Washington,” the company designs its jewelry with recycled precious metals and lab-grown, conflict-free diamonds, then places each order in recyclable and compostable packaging. The company also contributes to Lambda Legal, an organization that supports the LBGTQ+ community, and Higher Heights, which supports Black female politicians. Bario Neal Designers Anna Bario and Page Neal set out to share more than beautiful jewelry. “Disillusioned by industry standards that turned a blind eye to metal and gemstone mining’s environmental and human tolls,” the duo creates rings with a commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability. Bario Neal supports LGBTQ+ rights and worldwide marriage equality, and all items are handmade in the Bario Neal Philadelphia studio. Both diamonds and colorful stones are fully traceable, and according to the company, “Fairmined metals are extracted by empowered and responsible small-scale and artisanal miners.” Images via Ken and Dana Design, MiaDonna, Bario Neal and Noémie

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Earth911 Podcast, Nov. 8, 2018: Fair Trade Gold and Ethical Jewelry’s Deepest Questions

November 8, 2018 by  
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Mark Choyt, the founder of Reflective Jewelry, talks with Earth911 … The post Earth911 Podcast, Nov. 8, 2018: Fair Trade Gold and Ethical Jewelry’s Deepest Questions appeared first on Earth911.com.

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The ethics of water as a finite resource

October 21, 2017 by  
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If water is essential to life, the ethical response is to share it with all of life.

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Researchers shoot 5 live pigs in the head to study blood spatter patterns

September 16, 2015 by  
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Animal rights activists are accusing a group of forensics researchers of the cruel and unnecessary killing of five pigs in New Zealand. Researchers at two public universities in New Zealand took part in a forensics study that involved shooting live pigs in the head in order to study blood spatter patterns , which they claim can help them learn about human injuries and help criminal cases. Experimenting on live animals in the name of science may not be as common as it once was, but advocates for animals are still working to end this cruel practice forever. Read the rest of Researchers shoot 5 live pigs in the head to study blood spatter patterns

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PETA urges probe of endangered monkeys’ death at zoo

January 16, 2015 by  
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Two tiny endangered monkeys died  at a Louisiana zoo last week after being left out in the cold overnight, as temps dipped into the 30s F. A third monkey survived the exposure, and the zoo caretaker responsible for the deaths has since resigned. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for a probe into the deaths to determine if the incident is an indication of wider-spread problems at the zoo. Read the rest of PETA urges probe of endangered monkeys’ death at zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cotton top tamarins , cotton top tamarins killed , Louisiana zoo , monkey deaths , monkey zoo deaths , monkeys killed , monkeys killed at Louisiana zoo , monkeys zoo killed , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , PETA , United States Department of Agriculture , usda

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The 10 Best Ethical Travel Destinations for 2014

January 2, 2014 by  
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Let Ethical Traveler’s annual report on the world’s top 10 ethical destinations be your guide to choosing your next vacation spot this year.

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When Energy Savings Backfire, Emissions Increase

June 7, 2011 by  
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Lloyd has explored the Jevons Paradox before, namely the idea that improvements in energy efficiency don’t always result in energy savings—as lower running costs lead to increased use.

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Celebrate World Fair Trade Day Tomorrow, May 14

May 13, 2011 by  
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Image: Courtesy of WorldofGood.com World of Good , the socially responsible marketplace that was acquired by eBay in 2010, recently took a trip down to Guatemala to visit some of its artisan suppliers and to get a better sense of the social and political climate in which they operate. I spoke with Siddharth Sanghvi, co-founder of World of Good, about the trip and some of the impacts of fair trade—and since tomorrow, May 14, happens to be World Fair Trade Day , it’s a good time to dig a little dee… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Dangerously Cold Rental Homes Will Now Be Made Illegal

May 13, 2011 by  
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Why Chinese Go to England to Buy Shoes Made in China

March 10, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Elliott Brown , used under Creative Commons license. Terracycle once sang the praises of intelligent globalization , and from kite-powered ships to the return of the airship , we’ve seen plenty of ways that international travel and commerce can be made less…

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