“Article 22 designs tell transformation stories of negative into positive and make impact.”article22.com
Article 22 is a jewelry company that partners with artisans around the globe to create designs with relevance to important issues of the day. PEACEBOMB, the company’s first collection, is handcrafted in Laos using Vietnam War shrapnel, transforming weapons into jewelry.
Each PEACEBOMB piece contributes to the cleaning up of landmines left in the region, thereby promoting safety there, and also opening up land for local farmers, and providing metal to artisans. Article 22 pays its artisans approximately five times local minimum wage, donates 10% of proceeds to the Village Development Fund (which provides electricity and micro-loans locally), and has contributed enough in donations to have cleared unexploded ordnance (UXO) from more than 32 acres of contaminated land in the region.
Article 22 (the name refers to a section of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) has been recognized on the global stage for its work. Its products have been featured in dozens of publications and on TV. In 2017, Emma Watson talked about the company on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and in 2016 it was featured on a PBS News Hour: Giving Tuesday segment.