There’s more than one way to beat swords into plowshares. For Laos, the most heavily bombed country in history, its convalescence includes melting down fragments of the bombs that once rained upon it during the Vietnam War. Article 22’s Peace Bomb bracelet, borne from the recast aluminum, is one constructive use of the wartime scrap metal.

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Made by artisans in Ban Naphia in the Xieng Khouang province, the bracelet not only provides a means of sustenance for the metalworkers’ families, but it also contributes to the development of a community fund that metes out micro-loans and resources for infrastructure projects.

The U.S. dropped 250 million bombs on Laos during its nine-year aerial bombardment.

We may not be able to reverse the 250 million bombs that the United States dropped on Laos during its nine-year aerial bombardment (1964-1973), but perhaps we can buy back those same bombs, sliver by sliver, and in doing so, heal two countries.

+ Peace Bomb Bracelet $15 (single); $38 (triple)

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