Newe Sogobia -Western Shoshone Homelands

The efforts of the Western Shoshone to protect their native lands –which, according to Earthworks/Oxfam, account for nearly 10% of the world’s gold production, or 64% of U.S. production –is another ongoing mining struggle here in the U.S. The Western Shoshone ancestral territory includes some 60 million acres in southern Idaho, eastern Nevada, and the […]

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Proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay Alaska: Interview with filmmaker Travis Rummel from Felt Soul Media

Bristol Bay sockeye salmon…. Photo by Ben Knight Northern Dynasty Mines proposes to build North America’s largest open-pit gold and copper mine at the headwaters of two of the most valued river drainages in Alaska, the Mulchatna/Nushagak River drainage and the Newhalen/Kvichak drainage. The proposed Pebble Mine is situated in Bristol Bay Alaska, an area […]

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Go-To Resources on Environmental Ethics

We are super thankful to Erin Patinkin for organizing the below reading list of studies/essays addressing environmental ethics & mining issues. Erin did an awesome job of selecting work that isn’t at the top of your Google search. Thank you Erin! For additional resources & information, please visit our links page. Armstrong, Susan, Richard G […]

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Refinery Research

Refinery Research: Over the past year and a half we have researched refineries that use only recycled metals & fair trade metals- determined to find a local refinery we feel supports our principals. Most refineries will say that they use mostly recycled metals—this is true, particularly with precious metals. Precious metals are just too valuable […]

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Citric Acid Pickle

Citric Acid Pickle We’ve used a citric acid pickle for about 9 months now with great results. Citric acid is a fairly common preservative used for canning foods (i.e. it’s edible). Citric acid is non-toxic, in fact it’s derived from citrus fruits, and it’s relatively cheap and easy to find. It works fine as an […]

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Plating

Plating: We first considered plating so that we could use vintage, non-precious metal for some elements of our first collection. We could enhance the elements by plating them in precious metals, but still use a great deal less gold. But plating is a dirty process… Is it better to use that much less virgin material […]

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