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Where do you get your niobium from? Do you know if it is ethically sourced?
In Niobium & Titanium
lasupergravitania
Apr 30, 2021
Is your supplier a member of TIC (Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center)? It would be easy for you guys to become a member if they are. Better yet, you could receive a certification from the Responsible Jewelry Council as well. My concern is that Coltan industry has very little transparency and a lot of violence associated with it. There are forced child labor, environmentally hazardous mining processes, and cartels related to it. Belgium (TIC) and Germany are working hard to change this. The Germans created an X-ray analysis to determine the metal's provenance and ensure it is not coming from conflict zones or mines. Still, China was one of the countries that have made it difficult to obtain samples from their Coltan mines. Some countries like the US have passed legislations prohibiting conflict metals. Still, since China processes 60% of it and has no legislation about using conflict Coltan, avoiding its use in the US is complicated. My concern is that your supplier is Chinese, and there is no mention of TIC or any certification on your site. Most members of TIC or the Responsible Jewelry council mention on their site because it indicates that they have verified their supply chain all the way to mine. TIC has successfully removed conflict minerals and promote transparency in the supply chain of Coltan. They also have NGOs that monitor mines in conflict and high-risk areas. It is not a perfect world, but obtaining a supplier associated with them would clear many issues from our supply chain.
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