Sustainable fashion has been hitting the industry hard, and artisan-made jewelry has started to look just as great as the causes they support. Project peaceBOMB uses scrap bomb metal to create bracelets and other sustainable jewelry. They call it Buying Back the Bombs.
During the Vietnam War, over 2 million tons of explosives were dropped on Laos in 580,000 bombing missions. Out of the over 270 million cluster bombs dropped, over 75 million failed to detonate. At the current rate of removal, it will take more than 800 years to clear the country of these bombs.
New York-based designer and young female entrepreneur, Elizabeth Suda created peaceBOMB to give consumers an effortless opportunity to help foster sustainable community development in Laos. Laotian artisans are able to rebuild their livelihoods by repurposing the bomb shards covering their land.
The peaceBOMB product line consists of over 15 pieces, each telling a story and giving back to the community that makes them. For each piece of product sold, Project peaceBOMB donates funds equivalent to the cost of clearing 1 to 15 square meters of land.
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Love the Blue Buddha necklace worn by American Idol hopeful James Durbin. Durbin has become one of this season’s most beloved standouts with his hard-rocking style and history of overcoming significant personal challenges in pursuit of his dream. His story complements the Blue Buddha necklace, which features the idol in varada mudra, the pose of charity and compassion (the deep blue color of the necklace symbolizes healing). Other celebrities spotted wearing the Blue Buddha include Jessica Lowndes, Demi Lovato and Ashley Simpson Wentz.
The Blue Buddha necklace retails for $28, with nearly 25 percent of each sale going directly to support programs run by