A journey through Sierra Leone

Toby PomeroyNews

I’m delighted to share that Mickey Brookshire and I have been in Sierra Leone West Africa for a week now, taking an unprecedented step towards implementing alternatives to mercury use in gold mining, a research mission to bring the Goldrop technology to artisanal and small-scale miners throughout Sierra Leone’s gold mining regions. As you may know, research funded by the … Read More

A golden opportunity by: Rachel Taylor

Caelen BurandNews

Rachael: You’ve been campaigning to eradicate mercury from gold mining via your organization, Mercury Free Mining, since 2017. With so many ethical concerns to consider in the supply chain, what is it about mercury in particular that led you to take up this cause? Toby: Mercury is ubiquitous in the environment now, and artisanal gold miners are the largest source of anthropogenic … Read More

MFM August 2022 Progress Report

Caelen BurandNews

  Mercury Free Mining’s Quarterly Progress Report Welcome! Mercury Free Mining is proud to announce our quarterly progress report which will highlight our organization’s impact, share opportunities, and provide insight into the gold supply chain. Three Projects Worth Sharing 1. Mercury Free Mining’s First Annual Impact Report Attention MFM community! Learn how MFM is making a positive difference across the … Read More

MFM Impact Report 2021-2022

Caelen BurandNews

Mercury Free Mining is proud to announce our first annual impact report! After several years of perseverance and growth, our team found it critical we communicate the impact of Mercury Free Mining in a transparent and objective way, hence this report. We ought to be honest and clear about where there is room to improve and where we are steering … Read More

Jewelry’s Responsible Future. Originally in Instore Magazine by Eileen McClelland

Caelen BurandNews

Get ready: Gen Z will ask questions about materials sourcing, the environment and human rights. Originally in Instore Magazine by Eileen McClelland WHEN JEWELRY DESIGNER Jennifer Dawes first began talking about responsible sourcing in 2005, she didn’t find a receptive audience in industry circles. “A lot of people were looking at me like I had two heads,” she recalls. Since … Read More

Mercury Free Mining Helps Launch Climate-Neutral, Certified, Sustainability Rated Gold Supply Chain

Caelen BurandNews

SCS 007 Sustainable Jewelry Standard to Include Artisanal Gold Mines Announced by SCS Global Services and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) Opportunity to Bring Certified Sustainability-Rated, Climate Neutral Gold Jewelry to Market EMERYVILLE, Calif., (March 15, 2022) – SCS Global Services (SCS), a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development, and the Alliance … Read More

Mercury Free Mining Awards GIA CEO Susan Jacques with Wooden Batea

Caelen BurandNews

Background: In 2021 GIA (Gemological Institute of America) granted MFM and ARM (Alliance for Responsible Mining) $50,000 to work with gold miners from the Ananea District of Peru to eliminate mercury from their ore processing. At February’s Tucson AGTA Gem Fair, MFM was honored to present GIA CEO Susan Jacques with a hand-carved traditional wooden batea (gold mining pan) used … Read More

The Toxin that Blights Gold Mining

Caelen BurandNews

By Toby Pomeroy, Mercury Free Mining Founder and Executive Director, writing for IDEXonline, November 25th 2021  (http://www.idexonline.com/Memo?Id=47197) We are living in arguably the most abundant and innovative time in Earth’s history, with change happening at an exponential pace. We can be the drivers of the future we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. By now most are well-versed on … Read More

Mercury Free Mining and the Alliance for Responsible Mining Work to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

Caelen BurandNews

GIA Grant Supports Effort The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercury Free Mining (MFM) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to focus on mitigating mercury use in artisanal gold mining in Ananea, Peru.  The grant provides funding to evaluate ore-testing processes that have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the inadvertent release … Read More

Minding the Gold We Mine: Turning the Tide

Caelen BurandNews

Written by MFM founder and director, Toby Pomeroy (pictured right). As a jewelry designer and goldsmith for more than 50 years, I’m thrilled that many jewelry companies, from independent makers to some of the industry’s most notable institutions are taking bold action to support the discovery and implementation of alternative processes so that 15~20 million gold miners will no longer … Read More