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BBC Sounds tells the story of how a rural village in Laos took their local innovation to the global market through an unexpected partnership with our Founder, Elizabeth Suda 10 years ago. ARTICLE22 was born as artisans who spent over 40 years transforming shrapnel and scrap into soup spoons then began making bracelets with a first order of 500 pieces from Elizabeth. Today, the ARTICLE22 team from NYC to Laos, creates a full line of jewelry that raises awareness and funds for Mines Advisory Group to clear some of the 80 million unexploded bombs from the land and reaches customers in over 40 countries.
"One piece of shrapnel actually said "Rocket Mortar” on it; and I realized that that was a piece of American history."
In a world of fast fashion, this story is proof that fashion can be sustainable, meaningful, beautiful, and change people’s lives - from those who craft it to those who wear and share it.
"I am very proud I can create something beautiful from an object that almost killed me. People look at my jewelry now and think, “This is beautiful!” They don't think it's dangerous anymore. So yeah, I am the proudest person on earth"
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