Category Archives: Ethical Business Practices

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 […]

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 […]

Black Friday & Giving Thanks

With all the news stories talking about the shopping mall madness and mayhem (that actually now begins on Thanksgiving eve), it makes me think something is wrong. I have no doubt whoever came up with this grand idea is at home in front of the fire while they make others go to work at 2 […]

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 […]

Why Earthwise Jewelry Believes in American Made

As a company with a ninety-two year history of crafting our jewelry here in the United States, we’ve long held the belief that made in America works. This is true for our country as a whole as well as for the communities in which we all live. At Leber Jeweler Inc, all our Earthwise Jewelry is […]

White House says Burma Gem Ban to Remain

Today, President Obama re-stated his commitment to human rights in Burma by issuing an Executive Order that maintains the US ban on the import of Burmese ruby and jadeite, despite the softening of sanctions in other areas. This measure to ban Burma’s conflict ruby and jadeite, which was first included in the Tom Lantos Block Burmese […]