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Better Without Mercury

Better Without Mercury is a fundraising campaign to remove mercury contamination from an artisanal gold mine in Colombia and restore the land. La Fortaleza stopped using mercury to process its gold ore in 2017, but after decades of mining with mercury, contaminated soils remained. The miners at La Fortaleza are in the second phase of the Better Without Mercury initiative - the previously contaminated land has tested Mercury-Free and is now beautifully restored. The next phases are to complete Fairmined Gold certification and turn the remediated site into a field school for responsible mining practices. Learn More

Phase I: Before and After


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