An investigation in the Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times showed that Walmart's "Love, Earth" jewelry line comes at the cost of workers' rights, health, and safety, and at the cost of communities and the environment around the mines. The jewelry line claims to be from responsible sources but is made under oppressive labor conditions and with gold and silver from polluting mines in Nevada and Utah.
The Western Shoshone Defense Project and Great Basin Resource Watch joined EARTHWORKS in sending a letter to Walmart. The letter calls on Walmart to drop the Love, Earth label until the jewelry line has independent, third party verification that it complies with the Golden Rules for responsible sourcing, and has properly consulted with affected communities and civil society about responsible sourcing.
We put out an action alert today, urging people to tell Walmart that its 'Love, Earth' is jewelry greenwash.
Join EARTHWORKS, Great Basin Resource Watch, and the Western Shoshone Defense Project in calling upon Walmart to suspend its 'Love, Earth' brand of jewelry.
We've taken these steps only after a good piece of investigative journalism confirmed fears that EARTHWORKS and others have had for years: without independent oversight -- ala FSC-certified wood -- a company's claim of responsibility simply can't be trusted. Or to phrase it more gently (and famously): "trust but verify".
So, please write a letter to Walmart CEO Mike Duke, and let him know that 'Love, Earth" jewelry is loving of neither the earth nor its workers.
A new investigation in the Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times has shed more light on Wal-Mart's "Love, Earth" jewelry line, and it's not looking so Lovely. In fact, the jewelry's looking rather like dirty gold: it comes at a great cost to jewelry factory workers and to the environment and communities around the mines.
The No Dirty Gold campaign has run a full-page ad in the New York Times recognizing the leadership of eight retail firms: Zale Corp, the Signet Group, Tiffany & Co., Helzberg Diamonds, Fortunoff, Cartier, Piaget, Van Cleef & Arpels.