Urge Costco to say no to dirty gold

Ask Costco to join other top jewelry retailers and sign the Golden Rules of responsible metals sourcing

Let’s face it. When we buy jewelry, we want to make someone feel good.

But imagine that gold necklace or ring or bracelet you bought cost much, much more than just the money: communities destroyed, water polluted, wildlife killed.

Doesn’t feel too good, does it?

Unfortunately, you don’t have to imagine it. It’s true.

Every gold ring produces more than 20 tons of mine waste, and in the process all too often lays waste to nearby communities, the environment and clean water.

Right now, Costco -- one of the top 10 jewelry retailers in the United States -- has an opportunity to be a leader in the fight against this dirty gold.

Eight of the other top 10 jewelry retailers have already joined the fight against irresponsible mining -- including Target, Tiffany & Co., and Sears. Jewelry retailers are important because jewelry demand accounts for about 80% of annual mined production of gold.

Urge Costco to sign the Golden Rules of responsible metals sourcing, and help put a stop to dirty gold.


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Jim Sinegal, CEO c/o Muriel Cooper