This very special bottle opener is made from recycled bombshells (safely sourced). During the Vietnam War, Laos was heavily bombed. After the war, the local artisans turned bombs into spoons and fed their families. Since then, they have been transforming objects of violence into objects of beauty and functionality, which gives each spoon a powerful message of peace.
There are very few products in the world that have quite such a story to tell. This bottle opener embodies how fair trade production goes above and beyond standard manufacturing on so many levels: from empowering the rural poor to recycling materials, to utilising traditional artisan skills and – what this product does best – raising awareness about global issues. Saoban is a non-profit organisation in Laos that operates under fair trade principles and works with many remote villages.
✔ Made under Fair Trade Conditions
✔ Each one is handmade from recycled bombshells (safely sourced)
✔ Comes with a story card that describes what it is and how it is made
✔ Gift wrapping available for $1
WHO YOU ARE SUPPORTING
The name of the person who made this product is Mr. Sone, he lives in Napia village, Xiengkhuang province, Lao PDR.
Artisan Group: Saoban
Saoban is a member of PADETC, a Lao NGO that integrates socially sustainable programs in education, agriculture, micro-finance, handcrafts and community leadership. Saoban is an active member of Fair Trade Laos. Saoban's principle values are:
- Fair Trade
- builds capacity
- supports and empowers rural communities
- products are eco-friendly
- protects children
- preserves cultural heritage