REPURPOSE: LAOS BOMB METAL
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions - equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years - making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history.
Since the war ended, effort has been made to rid the country of bomb fragments which statistically still kills atleast 1 person a day. With the help of a few organizations, their farmland and country-sides have slowly begun to be cleared. With such an abundance of scrap metal fragments of bombs, these Lao artisans started to melt the aluminum down into a variety of spoons and souvenirs to provide some financial sustainability. By repurposing this metal, they have turned a negative into a positive.
Veggani has partnered with the artisans of the Xieng Khoung Province to create metal hardware for our bags and jewelry using recycled UXO fragments in an effort to help clean their farmland and create business for their communities. When meeting these artisans, Veggani visited a local school that needs a new roof, toilet and leveled ground for the children to play. Veggani has vowed 10% of sale profits from our jewelry and handbags with bombshell hardware to be donated towards this school in efforts to provide a safe, healthy and clean environment for these children to learn.
With your purchase of our handbags & jewelry, you are not only helping in the clean-up but you are also helping support families and promote a safer living for those directly affected.