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You can now get Fairtrade Gold and Fairphones ... ?

Fairtrade Gold

An estimated 16 million small scale miners work in dangerous conditions around the world to provide gold that may end up on our high streets.Exploited by some middle men, and forced to handle hazardous chemicals such as mercury, small scale mining is a dangerous and precarious way to earn a livelihood. Miners often work in very remote and harsh conditions with little or no health and safety measures in place.

Say "I Do" to Fairtrade Gold and commit to making a difference is a campaign to encourage couples to choose rings of Fairtrade gold, helping some of the 16 million small-scale miners and their families worldwide to a better life. Fairtrade Gold offers a lifeline to these miners, their families andcommunities. Find more information at - www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/discover-fairtrade-gold

You may not often have need of gold jewellery, but what about a phone?

Fairphone - the ethical smartphone

Smart phones are part of everyday life for most of us, but how many of us are aware that the minerals used in them are fuelling wars, violence and rape in already extremely poor countries. While we enjoy ever faster and more powerful systems, local populations in countries such as Colombia, the DRC and Myanmar are victims of armed groups who sustain their wars through the exploitation of minerals. Extraction and trade of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten - all used in our electronic devices - provide funding for some of the world’s most brutal conflicts. So a Dutch company developed the Fairphone using conflict-free minerals and with total transparency along the whole of the supply and production chain, and also made to last - you can repair it yourself.

As one user says: "I can trust that I’m using something that hasn’t exploited anybody."

(available in this country through The Phone Co-op) www.thephone.coop/fairphone or more information at www.fairphone.com/en/

Anne Garsed