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The Sting Behind the Bling - what is the true cost of a little style? Answered

The mining of jewels is often inhumane, illegal and highly toxic. So think before you sparkle.

Whether future heirloom or fun trinket, jewellery is one of life's luxurious pleasures. Even if you aren't decked out in multiple carats, a bit of bling can make you feel a million dollars. But the path your jewellery takes to reach your earlobe, neck, wrist or finger can be harrowing.

Worldwide, the people - including about a million children - employed on minimal wages to mine and process supposedly legitimate diamonds, gemstones and precious metals often endure some of the worst working conditions imaginable. Toiling in Asian and African countries with little or no union support means health and safety precautions are slender at best. There's a serious risk of work-related death, injury or chronic illness as workers scratch out a living in remote mines extracting precious and semi-precious stones.

This is just one article from the BBC's online magazine Thread, which I have not read before, mainly because "fashion" is not something I generally think about.

Thread is the online fashion magazine dedicated to bringing you the latest in eco-fabulous style.

Ethical fashion is fashion that has been made, worn and passed on in a way that looks after people, animals and the environment. The clothes we feature in Thread support this approach, making us essential viewing for fashion-conscious people who care about where their clothes come from. All clothes tick off at least one of these principles:

  • Made and traded sustainably
  • Made of sustainable materials
  • Recycled or vintage

Thread shows you how to get the look you want in an eco-glam way through our unique mix of affordable fashion, exclusive videos, photo galleries and thought-provoking features.

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minador
minador

4 months ago

And looking at it on an industrial scale, many people don't want mines here. But they will not stop using materials (will replace their air conditioners when broken, want green technology that uses more metals than conventional, etc.).

Your thread demonstrates when we don't take care of our needs here, we simply sweep our environmental burden under the third world rug. In the first world, we have regulators, watchdog groups, environmental standards, labor laws, strict safety rules, child labor laws etc. etc.

Over there they don't have a voice, no protections and the environmental impact is many factors greater than what is done here.

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/cobalt-mining-shows-clean-energy-revolution-comes-at-a-price-1.3717629
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/11/17/665863261/photos-dust-and-danger-for-adults-and-kids-in-bolivias-mines
https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-ordeal-of-working-for-chinese-companies-in-zimbabwe_2724012.html

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Thank you, but I have no idea why it popped up on the "follow" feeds...

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porcupinemamma
porcupinemamma

Reply 7 years ago

I found it on my "subscription" notifications

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

I know, but I don't know how a four year old topic got listed as a new post..

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porcupinemamma
porcupinemamma

Reply 7 years ago

Hmmmmmmm ...well, next month is Valentine's Day, perhaps it will be influencial when jewelry purchases are at their highest

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Good point.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

7 years ago

Thankfully I prefer wearing junk I mangled in to jewellery...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

I think there's a bug - this thread took six days to appear on the lists.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. You seem to be having that problem a lot. :( I'm guessing that one of the profanity/&c filters doesn't like you. . A quick glance over the text and I don't see any particular word or phrase that sticks out. There's "inhumane, illegal and highly toxic" and "death, injury", but I really don't see those sending up any flags. . You, and a lot of the stuff you quote, use an "extended" vocabulary. The filter may find enough words that are not in it's dictionary and give up (maybe unknown words are given a slightly negative score and you use enough to finally tip the scale). . . Have you angered any of the interns? heehee

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Heh, maybe the filters just need cleaning more often?

Actually - is it just me?

If it is, you could be on to something with the vocabulary hypothesis, especially factoring in the fact that the US software won't be used to coping with proper spelling ;-)

I don't think I've upset anybody (unless you're counting YECs?).

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 7 years ago

I was going to mention the spelling there - I have my suspicions about it...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

> is it just me?
. I dunno. I don't initiate enough topics to have a feel for it. I've never noticed more than a minute or two delay when I start a topic. The one I started yesterday came up immediately.
. It does seem that some of the topics will suddenly appear on page two or three, with no replies, and it says the last post (original) was many hours ago (if they are popping up as days old, I'm probably not seeing them until they get a bump). I KNOW I've checked the site three or four times since then and didn't notice it. Maybe you do have company.
.
. Seems to me that most filters would take all those extra u's into account. Most Internet-related businesses have a global target market.
. If it's a roll-your-own, in-house system, a little provincialism may have crept in. :)
.
. Ask Rachel.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

I have - it appears to be me...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Uh-huh. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maude_(TV_series)#Characters God'll getcha for that]. Damn atheists!

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PKM
PKM

Reply 12 years ago

My money's on "toxic" and "injury". My geeky instructables with no naughty words in (specifically "How to make cereal") got published within minutes, and that one even had the phrase "spoon me" in it. You can't be on a reputation-based filter, it's not like you're coolz or anything, or it could just be ghosts in the machine.

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Samaraknell
Samaraknell

7 years ago

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

12 years ago

Yep and it's not just Diamonds and other jewels, Even Teenie Bling like Ipod's and fancy cell phones. have a huge tolls on children and adults in the third world, Ores like Coltan used to make Tantilte capacitors for those electronics is leading to genocide in central Africa ((( Even if they won't label it that, I guess that might affect Bayers bottom line but genocide is nothing new to Bayer )))

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ll.13
ll.13

12 years ago

I prefer being able to blend into most places.

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11010010110
11010010110

12 years ago

Thats by far not the only place where child abuse is used to make stuff But yea this example is kinda poke in the eye And I never understood why some people are so magnetized to gold etc heck its just piece of metal