Here is a wild and wonderful approach to recycling that sends a powerful message about creating a greener planet, and a compelling message about creating peace in our world. A San Luis Obispo, CA, company called From War to Peace is actually recycling materials from disarmed nuclear weapon systems and creating stunning jewelry and accessories from a remarkable alloy termed “Peace Bronze.” The copper From War to Peace recycles into Peace Bronze is taken from the command-and-control cabling that once carried launch codes to Minuteman III nuclear missiles at the now-disarmed Grand Forks, ND, missile base. The cabling ran between U.S. nuclear missile silos, buried 6 feet deep in the prairie soil to withstand nuclear assault. That cabling is now transformed to help launch peace in the 21st century. Peace Bronze (and the copper it comes from) undergoes multiple safety inspections and has been certified safe and entirely free of radioactivity before casting. It’s as safe as the pennies in your pocket or purse. The process of having this cable dug up from the soil, recycling it into its core components, alloying the resulting copper into Peace Bronze and casting jewelry and art from it represents an extraordinarily complex undertaking. From War to Peace recovers its cabling in North Dakota, recycles it in Iowa, alloys it into Peace Bronze in Los Angeles, designs its jewelry on the California Central Coast and casts it in both Albuquerque, NM, and Paso Robles, CA. Peace Bronze work is created using the ancient “lost wax” casting method, pouring 2,000+º molten bronze into carefully designed molds. For enameled pieces From War to Peace uses the last Union enameling house in the U.S., located in Phelps, NY. From War to Peace is a truly American company. And, it is a young company with ambitious goals:
- The disarmament of all nuclear weapons in our world by 2020
- The creation of beautiful personal art from entirely recycled materials
- Making all of its jewelry and accessories exclusively in the U.S.
- Giving back 20% of its profits to peace and social justice organizations committed to transforming our world