Article 22 salvages scrap metal from bombs dropped by American soldiers during the Vietnam War and transforms it into elegant peaceBOMB bracelets.
Elizabeth Suda's company, Article 22, is named after Article 22 in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Fittingly her products are the antithesis of the fashion industry's factory-produced wares. Instead, Suda finds local artisans and collaborates with them on handcrafted goods with provocative stories about their origins—like this one about her newest offering, peaceBOMB bracelets.
While working in Laos, Suda found an artisan who was melting down the metal from dismantled bombs that had been dropped during the Vietnam War. It's estimated that U.S. dropped some form of artillery on the country every eight minutes for nine years, making it one of the most heavily-bombed places in the world. Because bombs and their remnants can be found throughout Laos to this day, Suda came up with the idea to transform the scrap into bracelets and sell them to the Western world. Their hope is that, at least symbolically, Americans can buy back the bombs that they dropped on Vietnam.
But that's not all that Suda and her team have planned. They currently raised more than $7,000 on Kickstarter to fund a series of short videos and a documentary film that will tell the stories of the artisans and of the people of Laos. And funds from the bracelets go back to help Laos clear the millions of bombs from its countryside. You can purchase the bracelets for $15 each or $38 for three at Article22.