Perfect as gifts for friends or for yourself—these upcycled pieces are trendy and environmentally friendly.
With the upcycling trend gaining momentum among jewelry makers, more accessories are now crafted with materials getting a second chance at life. The result: less clutter in landfills, and more beautiful feel-good baubles. “It is important for the environment,” says Forrest Curran, founder of Purple Buddha Project, which makes necklaces, bracelets, and bangles from bullet shells and other munitions used in the Cambodian and Laotian civil wars. “People in Cambodia can’t expand the land for farming because of bombs under the ground. Disarming and clearing the bombs allows for subsistence farming, the most basic of human economic actions.” Below, four statement pieces inspired by sustainability.
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