ARTICLE 22 PEACEbomb is a fair trade jewellery collection made from Vietnam War era bombs, plane parts, and other aluminium scrap material. Named after the UN Declaration of Human Rights, ARTICLE 22 collaborates with 12 artisan families in rural Laos who began re-purposing and transforming materials from war in the 1970s to make the jewellery.
Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. Between 1964 and 1973, the US dropped 2 million tons of ordnance on Laos, averaging one B-52 bomb load every 8 minutes, 24/7, for 9 years. Each PEACEbomb piece purchased pays for the clearing of at least 3m2 of bomb littered land in Laos, supports artisan livelihoods, village development, and de-mining in Laos. At the current rate of removal, it will take an estimated 800 years to clear all unexploded ordnance.