While the concept may seem agressive at first glance, the bullet jewelry line by Erik Spalding and Cole Evans was actually intended to promote peace and healing. The co-founders of Bullets2Bandages are both former US Navy bomb tech officers, and the line is created from real ammunition (demilitarized bullet casing, to be exact).
"We are taking an instrument of war and turning it into a tool of healing" Erik explains.
In addition to creating a powerful visual symbol of transformation, Erik and Cole wanted to develop a social business, so a portion of their sales go toward the Travis Manion Foundation, which supports those who have been affected by war, from wounded veterans to their their loved ones.
The Bullets2Bandages brand includes necklaces and bracelets as well as a line of accessories like hats, t-shirts and a bullet bottle opener. A portion of all product sales go toward the non-profit, which was started in honour of Cole's friend and fellow Marine Corps Officer who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
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