Updated: Jan 9
In the crystal industry as a whole, as with most industries really, there are certain ethical questions that need to be asked. Whether people all along the supply chain are working in safe and humane conditions and are being paid properly should be at the forefront of our minds as consumers.
We see a lot of claims of 'ethically sourced crystals' on the internet and don't necessarily stop to question what that really means. I'd like to be as transparent as possible about the crystals I sell and work with.
I buy my crystals from two UK wholesale suppliers, and one cabochon supplier based in India. I have had confirmation from each of my suppliers that they source ethically and fairly.
In my correspondence with my suppliers, I asked questions such as - do they as wholesalers visit the mines themselves, Do they make sure that there is no child and/or cheap labour, and that the working conditions are good?
I feel confident that I am purchasing from ethical traders and therefore you are, too.
I have been assured by my suppliers that the mines they source from are safe and fair. I trust that they believe in the importance of ethical standards, and are telling the clear truth about what they do and how they source. That is the information I can offer to you as a conscious consumer.
I wanted to share this information with you as it's a topic I've been thinking about a lot recently, and I believe we should all try to be conscious about what and how we consume. There are so many things that it is very hard to confidently consume ethically, such as clothes, food, just about anything at all that we buy really. I believe that it just comes down to making sure that we do our best to ensure that we consume as sustainably and fairly as possible.
When I think about what an infinitely teeny tiny impact my business has on the mining industry of the world, compared to the positive impact it has on you, my customers, who benefit from the healing energies of the pieces you buy from me, I am motivated to continue to grow this business, all the while continuing to ask more questions and gather more information.