Innovative Technology for Environmentally Benign Production
Environmentally Responsible Resource Development
Whether in terms of construction resource, habitable real estate, precious commodity, or energy production, some kind of mining activity is at the heart of most solid resource. Mining can take a number of forms. Land development, as well as mining and excavation, leaves an indelible impact on the environment.
Depending upon how we configure our relationships to the earth, our boundaries become defined. Through innovation we exceed the known parameters and define a new reality. As we more accurately determine quantities of available resource and more definitely predict the needs related to human growth, we can employ strategies and techniques for longer sustained yields and increased environmental restoration. Currently, there are locations where abandoned mines have become viable nature reserves and community developments, and new eco-mines have become viable sources for safe jobs and properly handled resources.
Primary Sustainability Issues:
1. Mining industry development of raw material supply
2. Risk assessment in mining
3. Ores processing techniques
4. Tailing stability and rehabilitation
5. Mine closure and post mining land use
1. Open-pit, ground and underground: slope, waste, exposure stability
2. Stability and safety assessments: long-time behavior
3. Geology and geophysics application in mining industry
4. New methods for environment rehabilitation
5. Industry monitoring and hazard detection systems
The most significant aspect concerning innovation in mineral resourcing, focused not only on conditions which specific mining activities faces, but also implementing the most recent advances registered by the newest technical achievements, target oriented on the harmonization of activities from the mining industry with environmental protection, and the prerequisites of international policies.
Ecological Production Of Metals And Industrial Minerals
While successful mining involves many factors, another consideration in bringing precious metals to market is refining. There are two types of refiners, called primary refiners and secondary refiners. Primary refiners receive materials directly from the mine, whereas secondary refiners process recycled metals. Although primary refiners may handle some recycled material, sourcing from secondary refiners who can easily segregate recycled materials is common.
Traditionally, refining has been an inherently dirty business which uses dangerous chemicals and lots of water. A refinery’s environmental commitment, therefore, can make a big difference on the impact it makes. We look for refineries which voice a commitment to take advantage of new technologies of physical rather than chemical extraction, and modern systems which reduce emissions.
Efforts are under way to develop and implement standards for the evaluation of any facility used in refining or alloying precious metals.
Such standards will include, but not necessarily be limited to the following:
1. Existence of an environmental management system, including procedures to monitor and prevent emissions of hazardous substances to the environment,
2. Procedures to monitor and prevent in-house exposure to hazardous substances, operated by staff dedicated to environmental compliance and management.
It will be some time before we can make products which are ecologically perfect, but we feel that you have a right to know not only the ways in which we have succeeded, but also be informed about the characteristics which are not yet what we wish them to be. Your support will bring us closer to the goal of completely ecologically responsible production.
Socially And Ecologically Responsible Precious Metals
Additionally, part of our plan for ecological awareness also includes facilitating discussion among artists and jewelry manufacturers regarding ecological practices which can be employed during the crafting of a piece of jewelry. Metalsmiths utilize chemicals and have waste disposal issues with ecological implications.
Gold is Gold and Silver is Silver. The one place where you will not see a difference is in the metal itself. Gold and other metals are refined to remove impurities. Gold and silver are elements, and in their pure form are the same whether they were refined from scrap, or refined from ore. There is absolutely no difference in the quality of the product you buy. By choosing recycled precious metals, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your purchase has helped you, in one more way, to live gently with the Earth.