What does Ethical mean?
To meet the standard of Ethically Sourced, Lilac Light looks for 3 things.
Fair Wages for Labor
Safe Working Conditions
Low Environmental Impact
It is extremely difficult to obtain accurate wage information from mines or wholesale companies.
When information is not public, you are left with the socioeconomic landscape of the country where the crystals were mined to gauge their wage practices.
For example the US, Canada, Australia and the UK have protective labor laws in place that restrict child labor and exploitive wages.
Safe Work Conditions
An ethical mine has good safety standards in place to protect workers. Regulations vary by country laws but are often publicly accessible. Small mines have a reputation for good worker safety regulations and are required to conduct regular mine inspections.
For example, the US Department of Labor requires inspections 2x a year for above ground mines and 4 x a year for below ground mines. Small crystal mines also opt for hand mining in small deposits rather than employing hazardous heavy machinery.
Lilac Light partners with sources who:
Practice hand mining in small deposits
Have local environmental protections
Give back to nature preserves
Use solar energy on site
When Lilac Light works with certified fair trade sellers, this also assures environmental impact is prioritized.
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