Going for gold?
This morning a newly engaged couple from London led a march along Oxford Street calling for jewellers to take action to ensure the gold they sell is mined ethically. Independent Catholic News tells how a twenty strong congregation of CAFOD campaigners carried a 100 metre long signed gold chain petition to deliver to jewellery retailer Argos on New Oxford Street. The couple has signed up to CAFOD's Unearth Justice campaign, calling on UK high street jewellers to sign up to the 'Golden Rules', twelve principles for ensuring that gold mining does not destroy communities and the environment, and to work to ensure the gold they sell has been responsibly mined. They said: "We want to be proud of our wedding bands, not feel guilty wearing them." Read Independent Catholic News' account here: Wedding blues as couple search for pure gold If you're trying to choose your wedding rings but are concerned about the social and environmental issues, why not take a look at the Unearth Justice and No Dirty Gold campaigns? And for companies who are already thinking about - and acting on - the issues, check out this little list... April Doubleday Cred Jewellery Green Karat (US based) Leber Jeweler - Earthwise Jewelry (US based) Silver Chilli Sumiche (US based) Or you could ditch the metal altogether with... Touch Wood Rings (US based) Wooden Wedding Rings Let us know which rings you opt for and why here - and if you have pics, we'll post them on the blog! Take care Katie ethicalweddings.com Technorati tags: ethicalweddings green environment ethical rings fashion alternative wedding gold campaign