A company called From War to Peace is doing some very cool things when it comes to recycling and sending a powerful message. The company, based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., makes “peace bronze” out of disarmed nuclear missile systems. The bronze is then transformed into items such as jewelry and bottle openers.
Even though they take their mission seriously, From War to Peace includes cheeky messages on their products. The bottle openers say “Beers Not Bombs” and the wine stoppers include the message of “Wine Not War.” I’m all for that!
The founders of From War to Peace, Paul and Sandee Ogren, believe in recycling everything, making the old useful and new. Their company’s products are made from the copper cabling that once connected nuclear missile silos (don’t worry — all of the metal used has been tested to ensure that it’s not radioactive), they use all recycled paper in their marketing materials, and their Web servers are even powered using solar technology. They also donate 20 percent of profits to peace and social justice organizations in the United States and around the world.
Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
Photos from Beers Not Bombs