Fair Trade Bombangle Bracelet – Large
When it comes to jewellery with a story these bracelets win hands down.
If you have ever wondered what happens to all those unexploded bombs that were left in South East Asia then wonder no more. These bracelets are made from the aluminium which has been salvaged from deactivated unexploded bombs.
You can’t really get a better form of recycling then something destructive being turned into a simple piece of jewellery which helps families make a living.
These fantastic fair trade bracelets are all handmade in Laos South East Asia, they are produced by families who salvage the aluminium themselves.
Where do these bracelets originate?
From 1964 – 1973 and whilst fighting the Vietnam war, the United States of America carpet bombed Laos which is a small neighbouring country to Vietnam, this was known as the ‘secret war’.
9 tonnes of cluster bombs were dropped on Laos every 8 minutes for 9 years, this resulted in several things; first the country was given the title of the most bombed country in the world, which is a title no country wants to hold. Second is the shear amount of bombs dropped ended up being around 270 million of which around 80 million failed to detonate leaving the country with many dangerous hidden surprises.
The affected areas are being cleared of UXO (unexploded ordinance) by the British charity MAG and local charity UXO Laos, this is very time consuming and dangerous work that is still being carried out.
Many people have tried to harvest the bombs for their valuable metals which has resulted in many deaths or loss of limbs, this is why the charities have got involved as it was getting out of hand. The charities aim to help, enable them to cheaply purchase responsibly deactivated UXO from approved scrap yards.
Bombangles® are fairly traded with each bangle being purchased at five times the local market value.
A perfect gift for people who like unique handmade jewellery, especially jewellery with such a unique story.
Made in Laos
Will fit wrists up to 10in
Due to the handmade nature of these items they will vary slightly,
which is great as you’ll have a nice unique fair trade item to keep for yourself or give as a gift.
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