Bracelets instead of bombs

The peaceBOMB bracelet uses grenade remains from the Vietnam War to make jewellery and create sustainable employment.

Article 22 is a company where fashion meets political development. This New York-based design firm, founded by Elizabeth Suda, is named after the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, Article 22. They work with creative communities through NGOs to promote local design practices and craftsmanship by making accessories and clothing.

The peaceBOMB bracelet is one of the company’s projects, working specifically to address the scrap metal supply chain. The bracelets upcycle grenade remains from the Vietnam War era. Each bracelet is hand-cast and comes in a hand-woven organic cotton drawstring pouch and story card.

As the peaceBOMB bracelets are all handmade, each piece differs slightly in shape, size and texture. Each purchase of a peaceBOMB bracelet supports artisan families while a donation is also made to the community bank. The community bank provides micro loans to entrepreneurs to fund projects such as small infrastructure developments.