Mercury Free Mining Challenge
Transforming artisanal & small scale gold mining for the health of the world.
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Our purpose

To transform artisanal & small scale gold mining for the health of the world.

Our purpose is to enhance human and environmental health through the discovery and implementation of a safe and effective, scalable alternative to mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining

We are a growing global team who are committed to the discovery of a safe, easy, and affordable process \ that will allow the world’s 14~19M artisanal and small-scale gold miners to mine safely and efficiently, ending their dependence on mercury and the daily release of 4 tons of the toxic liquid metal into the land, water and atmosphere. That’s 8,000 lbs., every day.

Everything is “Impossible” until it happens.

We have a truly extraordinary opportunity to shape the future, to dramatically improve the health of the planet and all 7 billion of us, as well as those yet unborn.

Mercury pollution is one of the greatest threats society faces today, potentially affecting every community as mercury is transported globally on winds and currents and never breaks down to a non-toxic state. 

Gabriel Macea, artisanal gold miner, Zaragoza, Colombia.

Gabriel Macea, artisanal gold miner, Zaragoza, Colombia.

Let's make history. 


about the challenge

This HeroX mercury replacement challenge will be offering a $1million USD prize to the team or individual that discovers an environmentally friendly, affordable means of separating crushed, finely divided gold from its specific ore-body. 

Mercury Free Mining, Inc. is an Oregon Nonprofit Corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) status pending


Join us

If you're intrigued by this challenge, we invite you to be our partner in making an unprecedented global difference. We are out to change the world and cannot do it without you!


Support us

Please support us by making a financial contribution, helping us end the approximately 8,000 lbs. of the neurotoxin mercury that is inadvertently released every day by 15 million artisanal and small scale gold miners (ASGM) around the world.

Our initiative will directly contribute to the quality of life of the 100 million people whose lives depend on ASGM and to the the quality of all life on the planet.

We appreciate your generous donations that help us make this bold, innovative and life-altering project a reality.

Thank you!