News from Futura
Article from Moss Magazine
June 21, 2019
Purpose through everyday choices is a cornerstone of conscious lifestyle. Have you considered how your jewelry choices fit into this purpose?
There are about 15 million artisanal and small-scale gold miners across the world who rely on gold mining to sustain themselves and their families. Did you know that most of them use mercury and cyanide in the mining process and that the United Nations has deemed mercury emissions to be the number one threat to our planet?
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Hey Change Podcast With Anne Therese Bengtsson
June 17, 2019
Hearing that 99% of the world’s gold mines use mercury when extracting gold from the earth, Environmentalist Anne Therese Bengtssson wanted to spread the word on solutions to this worldwide crisis.
Tune into her podcast Hey Change episode 049 here with our founder and learn how we can help shift the gold business into a business of good for the future.
Patrick Duffy of Global Fashion Exchange Visits Futura
May 29, 2019
It was a beautiful spring afternoon in NYC as I excitedly went for a visit to the Futura Jewelry Atelier. I had never really been behind the scenes of a Jewelry Atelier, so I was very excited to see how things were made. I had seen Futura popping up on Instagram on some of my friends' feeds, like Renee Elizabeth Peters and Ryan Carnes, and knowing more about this exciting new brand intrigued me…
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Green Dreamer Podcast with Kaméa Chayne
MAY 16, 2019
Our founder had the opportunity to share more about Futura on the Green Dreamer Podcast and offers a way to make a difference for the 15 million small scale miners, our planet and ourselves through buying Fairmined Ecological gold. "If we don't start encouraging [miners] to make a change in the process then mercury emissions are going to plague us and our children forever."
Why Eliminate Mercury?
MAY 1, 2019
In 1956 in Minamata Japan, four patients were admitted to hospital suffering with very high fever, convulsions, psychosis, loss of consciousness, coma and finally death. Soon afterwards, 13 other patients from nearby fishing villages suffered the same symptoms and died. As time went on, more and more people became sick and died. It was finally determined that the cause was mercury poisoning. Mercury was in the waste product dumped in Minamata Bay on a massive scale by a chemical plant. Fish and birdlife also perished. In all, 900 people died and 2,265 people were certified as having directly suffered from mercury poisoning. Speaking out against the chemical plant was forbidden. The plant was a major employer and enjoyed considerable economic and political clout all the way to the national government. A riot by local fishermen in 1959 finally moved the government to investigate the cause of the illnesses and deaths. It took officials 12 years to finally admit the cause of the contamination and order a halt to the mercury dumping into Minamata Bay. The story of survival is being turned from a book (by W Eugene Smith and Aileen M Smith) into a movie starring Johnny Depp. In 2019, over 99% of gold mining for jewelry is mined releasing toxic mercury emissions into the ecosystem traveling vast distances through the atmosphere and waterways and causing irreversible damage to our health the environment. Unbelievably, today small scale gold mining is the largest contributor to global mercury emissions. We believe in a better solution for our gold jewelry. Discover the modern, clean future of gold jewelry.
Working Together To Fight Pollution
MARCH 25, 2019
Until April 8th, you can bid to own these Futura earrings crafted today in the original design by Man Ray from 1973 to keep forever. It’s part of the 4th Annual Pure Earth Gold Auction. Proceeds go to Pure Earth as they strive to solve pollution and train miners to mine mercury free. We love this cause because it’s so good for humanity!
AUCTION NOW CLOSED.
We are a partner of the United Nations Environmental Programme Global Mercury Partnership. Our mission is to produce high quality jewelry with certified mercury free gold to help reduce global mercury emissions caused through gold mining by up to 30%.