Magazine article New Internationalist

Bling Is Not In

Magazine article New Internationalist

Bling Is Not In

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Call me old school but I've never liked the new and the shiny.

Not for me glitz and bling, whether it's jewellery or luminous leather. The whole world of bright surfaces feels superficial and deluding. So I guess I was a natural to be editor of an issue on the price we pay for our obsession with gold.

Don't get me wrong: people should be free to like what they like.

But in these days of ecological crisis the consequences of extraction and end use of everything we consume needs to become part of the equation. This issue raises questions at both the production and consumption stage of gold.

Since almost the dawn of Homo sapiens' history we have been drawn to the yellow metal. As a sign I once saw in downtown Manhattan proudly proclaimed, 'Enough is never enough'. But if it's in the DNA of some to rush about on lucrative treasure hunts, why not search for something more benign and sustainable like wild mushrooms or berries? …

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