From 1964 to 1973, the US dropped about 2.5 million tons of munitions on Laos over the course of 580,000 bombing missions. Nearly half of Laos is currently littered with unexploded ordnances, such as bombs, grenades, and land mines.There are now close to 78 million unexploded bomblets littering rice fields, villages, school grounds, roads and other populated areas, hindering development and poverty reduction. Between 1999 and 2009 more than 1.2 million pieces of unexploded ordnance have been disposed of.Still, fishermen on the Mekong and Tonle’ Sap rivers find artillery in their nets.
The peace jewelry artists in Laos and Cambodia that we feature create their pieces from bullets and ordinance found in Cambodia and Laos. They also donate a portion of their sales to clearing their lands of unexploded munitions and bombs.When you buy a peace jewelry item, you are helping to make Laos and Cambodia free of the destructive remnants of war.
We have limited quantities of these beautiful peace jewelry offerings.The artists hand-make each one, and only a small number are created before moving on to new designs.Once our inventory is sold, we will not be able to buy any more of these particular designs.
These pieces nurture hope over war.
Your purchase also helps support Ocean Conservancy: working to bring people, science and policy together with a mission to counter the many threats to ocean health and sustainability. From protecting vital, vulnerable ecosystems through legislation, to enforcing accountability among leaders, Ocean Conservancy seeks solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.