new wal-mart jewelry can be traced from mine to store - silver necklace set
NEW YORK (Reuters)-Wal-
Stores Inc. A range of gold and silver jewelry is being introduced that can be traced back to store shelves from mines, as retailers want to sell more jewelry from mines and manufacturers that meet their environmental and human rights standards. Wal-
Matt says love includes the $69 line of Earth.
84 sterling silver necklaces and $48 earrings for sale in the United StatesS.
Discount store, Sam club warehouse and online store.
Customers who purchase jewelry can log on to the website to see where their specific jewelry is mined and to learn about the supplier's environmental plan.
"This is the first time we, or any of the big retailers," Wal-Mart said. "I have been able to provide customers with a way to track their products from the mines actually mined to the shelves . "
Walmart spokesman Tara Raddohl.
Under the leadership of Wal-Mart Chief Executive Lee Scott
Wal-Mart has set a goal of using only renewable energy and zero waste, and has asked its suppliers to follow in its footsteps.
Last year, it released a report outlining the progress made in achieving its goals and included a section on the procurement of more sustainable products such as jewelry.
"Every time a ring is produced by gold mining, it will produce about 20 tons of waste.
"Most gold mines in the world are made up of microscopic spots that must be chemically extracted from the rock with thousands of gallons of cyanide," the report said . ".
"As the world's largest jewelry retailer, we see the opportunity to bring more sustainable practices to the industry," the company said . ". Wal-Mart’s long-
The term goal is to ensure that 100% of gold, silver and diamonds are used in jewelry sold in the United StatesS.
The store is from the mine and produced by manufacturers that meet their sustainability standards.
These standards currently include minimizing waste and pollution;
Safe disposal of waste and hazardous materials;
Respect the rights of employees;
And comply with applicable laws and regulations. While Wal-
Mart's Raddohl can't estimate when it will take so long.
Our goal, she said, is
By 2010, Mart hopes that at least 10% of jewelry products will meet these standards.
Create Love, Earth jewelry collection, Walmart-
Mart has worked with Rio Tinto mining;
Newmont Mining, global gold producer
Jewelry manufacturers. Wal-
Mart said it now plans to increase the number of approved mining and manufacturing suppliers working with it and will introduce diamonds in Love, Earth line.