water drops


Fair Trade certification that you see for chocolate, coffee, clothing and bananas has been extended to gold and related precious metals. It offers the promise of jewelry that is ethically sourced and produced with no mercury or cyanide. Fair Trade requires investment in local communities, good wages and environmental restoration, too, something that has often

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Green Leaf Gold is dedicated to bringing Fair Trade certified, ecologically mined gold to the growing ethical jewelry market. Investors, employees, customers and the environment will all benefit from clean and ethical practices that focus on the triple bottom line – people, profit and the planet.

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hands framing the earth


“Partnering with people and the planet.” Green Leaf Gold has entered a joint venture with a partner in South America.  The principles guiding the partnership are in writing and include: The parties share mutual goals of: 1) economic fairness toward employees, owners, investors, and the local community where mining takes place; 2) health and welfare of employees and the local community; 3) respect for the environment; 4) best mining practices that are profitable, fair, and environmentally sound. The parties agree […]

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Thanks for your interest in Fair Trade, ecologically mined gold! We invite you to be part of a growing group of people making the global economy fair, clean and green - one product at a time.
testing the plant operation

Green Leaf Gold’s project to date has focused on mining shallow deposits of gold in an ancient river bed 1,000 miles downstream from its origin in the Andes. Primary mining of previously untouched gold deposits is only one side of the gold coin, though. The process is 80-90% efficient, meaning that the particles of gold not captured through our gravity sorting process are left behind. This summer, with the expertise of Alberto Azcui and the mine’s general supervisor Fernando Saravia, […]

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Minamata signing photo

On Oct. 10, 2013, representatives from around the world gathered in Japan to formally adopt the text of a new global environmental treaty, the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The treaty now needs 50 countries to ratify it before its pollution prevention measures go into effect. A United Nations Environment Program website tracks the progress of treaty ratification here. The official announcement of the treaty signing is here. Text in the treaty applicable to gold mining is below. Countries where artisanal […]

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When our team visited Bolivia, one of the most gratifying experiences was introducing artisanal miners to a mercury recovery system – something they had heard about but never seen before. The one pictured here looks like a crab pot and is called a retort. It reduces mercury release to the air by about 90%. The miners liked it and plan to keep using it! In case you are new to the topic, miners use mercury to bind gold particles and […]

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Global anthropogenic mercury emissions in 2010 (UNEP pic)

According to the United Nations Environment Program, gold mining is now the largest source of mercury pollution on the planet. It exceeds coal burning power plants, the source previously ranked as the largest. UNEP’s full Global Mercury Assessment 2013 is available on their website.

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