Friday, March 14, 2008

Gold Standard

On a whim, and not being sure what would turn up, I Googled "eco jewelry" and was astounded by what I saw. Sealed orchid blossom necklaces, rosewood and ebony bracelets, bloodwood and alder rings! But what I found most interesting in my search was the concept of this: recycled gold. Here's something from a site called greenKarat,

"While gold is valuable enough to provide an incentive to recycle, significant amounts of gold sit idle, while mining continues at a pace of 2,500 tons a year. In fact, there is enough gold above ground (already mined) to satisfy all demands of the jewelry industry for the next 50 years. Much of it sits in bank vaults and in the form of old and unused jewelry.
greenKarat believes that consumers have the ability to demand the liberation of that idle gold through their purchasing decisions. Demand for recycled gold, in conjunction with campaigns to clamp down on ecologically and socially unacceptable mining, holds the potential to effect change. Because this methodology helps societal custom work in concert with principles of commerce, it can be embraced by consumers and producers alike, and therefore result in sustainable change.

So ask if the gold ring you're about to buy is recycled, and cherish the pieces already made generations ago.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Wonders of the Eco-friendly...Cork!

Today, I thought about cork. It’s the bark of the cork oak tree, and there's some pretty neat stuff it can do.

Cork is harvested every nine years, with harvesters only taking one-third of the bark off a tree. The tree is fine because the amount that the harvesters take grows back.

This lightweight and water resistant natural material can be used for things like flooring, bottle corks, laptop carriers, umbrellas, and rocket science (where fire resistance is required)! You can also use cork for building bricks. Portugal even made a stamp out of cork!

So next time you think about redoing your floors, or building a rocket, think cork! But, remember to use ‘green’ glue. You'll want your rocket to hold together, and have low carbon footprint.