Category Archives: Environment

Mining Company Sues to Protect their Right to Despoil Nature

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed restrictions that would essentially block a potentially damaging gold and copper mine in Alaska. In what sounds like a story from The Onion, Pebble Limited Partnership, along with the state of Alaska, are now suing the EPA. According to EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran, “mining the Pebble deposit would […]

EPA to Consider Blocking Massive Alaska Gold Mine

Well here’s good news. The EPA will announce plans today to examine whether they should use their authority outlined in the Clean Water Act to block the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay, Alaska. As we’ve talked about before, if this mining project were to proceed it would be the world’s largest open pit mine and […]

Brian Leber on Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview

This afternoon I was interviewed by Jerome McDonnell on WBEZ’s Worldview. Our discussion focused on issues pertaining to the extractive industries with particular mention of the controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska, but touched on a variety of topics ranging from trade agreements to cats! Click here to listen to the interview in full.

The Cost of Platinum Mining

We use recycled platinum, in large part, due to our long-standing commitment to reduce the effects of mining on the environment. Large-scale commercial mining devastates landscapes, displaces people, and can threaten our water supply. But this week, events in South Africa provide one more reason to be concerned about newly mined platinum. Work has stopped at […]

Why We Use Recycled Precious Metals

The avalanche at the Bingham Canyon Mine near Salt Lake City last year displaced enough soil and rock to bury New York’s Central Park under 66 feet of rubble. The mine is a major source of copper, silver, and gold.  It is owned by the Rio Tinto Group and managed through the Kennecott Utah Copper […]

A Piglet for Christmas

With the purchase of this recycled 18k white gold or sterling piglet we made special for this occasion, we will donate 100% of the purchase price to Farm Sanctuary. That means, with every penny you spend on either of these two pieces, all the money will go to help farm animals and you’ll get a nifty necklace […]

Thought for the Day

Every time you turn off a light switch you’re taking a little bit out of the pockets of the big mining companies that are pillaging the earth, removing mountain tops, and disrupting countless lives, all in the name of profit. Our country’s most valuable asset is land and people. Whether we’re talking about coal or […]

We’re Winning the Battle with Your Help

British mining giant Anglo American — the lead company behind the potentially devastating Pebble Mine — has announced they are immediately withdrawing from the project! We’ve been working on this issue since 2008 and thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of several groups and individuals, including you, we’ve accomplished a major […]

No Dirty Gold Campaign Interview

As environmentalists in both our personal and professional lives as well as being the designers of Earthwise Jewelry, the first line of socially responsible fine jewelry, we were among the first supporters of the No Dirty Gold campaign to end destructive mining practices. Simply put, their campaign fit perfectly with our company’s mission and ongoing […]