13 Jan '12, 9pm

From Weapons to Cufflinks: Jewelry Made From Africa's Decomissioned Rifles

From Weapons to Cufflinks: Jewelry Made From Africa's Decomissioned Rifles

Let's face it: war sucks. Nowhere is this more true than in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a long-standing violent conflict has killed almost 4 million people, garnering it recognition as the world's most lethal conflict since World War II. But one company is attempting to change the situation by diverting and converting confiscated AK47 assault rifles -- efficient tools of death -- into glittering jewelry. Fonderie 47 /via Fonderie 47 was founded by Peter Thum and John Zapolski in 2009 after a fateful meeting at a TED conference. Both were concerned about the existence of 20 million assault rifles in Africa, "cheap, abundant" instruments of violence which present a significant barrier to "all facets of development" and peace on the continent: We decided to create something compelling and substantial in response -- to change what people believed was possible. Our ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-fashion/fonderie-47...

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