In praise of Humanium Metal made from seizing and melting down illegal guns
It’s wonderful to hear that the Humanium Metal project - an anti illegal gun initiative supported by peace campaigners like Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama - is really taking off.
The project currently involves making wristwatches from the metal of guns seized and melted down in ElSalvador.
The watches, which will stand as a symbol of opposition to illegal guns across the developing world, will go on sale in September.They are the brainchild of a group of Swedish entrepreneurs and are produced by the Stockholm-based company, TRIWA.
The watches are just the first of dozens of products that they eventually hope to manufacture with Humanium Metal.
About 10,000 guns have been seized taken apart and melted down so far. The resulting metal is about 95 per cent iron and the team behind the project have been working for three years to get it into commercial use. It now hopes to scale up production and produce the metal for companies around the world.
As well as support from Tutu who has publicly endorsed Humanium Metal, the initiative also won a Grand Prize for Innovation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
Aptly summing up the feelings of prominent peace campaigners across the globe, the Dalai Lama is quoted on the Humanium Metal website as saying:
"Peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace. Also, power of truth is more powerful and enduring than the power of the gun. Therefore, the Humanium Metal Initiative is a laudable effort at making this world more peaceful through concrete human action,”