The campaign against global violence has been given a bit of sparkle thanks to the fashionable and popular accessory, Bullets4Peace. This jewellery line, made of recycled bullet casings taken from reload centers, aims to raise awareness and funds for various charity organisations.
When a bullet is fired the tip flies towards the target and the casing falls to the ground. Manufacturers reload these casings with live ammunition. Bullets4Peace intercepts this vicious cycle by transforming the casings into unique and stylish pendants insuring that these bullets will never find their way back to war zones.
Bullets4Peace launched their “Every Bullet Has a Target” campaign by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these beautiful handmade bullet pendants to various partner charity organisations.
Hollywood’s hottest celebs like actress Jessica Biel and singer Beyoncé have been spotted wearing Bullets4Peace pendants. Adding their names to the list of celebrities who support the cause are Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx and Justin Bieber.
The heart behind Bullets4Peace, Rafi Anteby, was inspired by his own history as a child growing up in war torn Israel, the tragic loss of several platoon members in the Lebanon war and violent murder of his best friend, David Perry, who was shot 18 times in South Africa.
Rafi spent some years in the Orient living as a Monk and furthering his training in martial arts. His advanced training and self-discovery through mediation and Chinese healing arts led him back to Israel and later to South Africa where he opened a martial arts school to teach peace through martial arts.
He relocated to the United States to continue his desire to promote peace. His most recognised accomplishments were through his work in the United States teaching martial arts to Hollywood celebrities and through his work with the U.S Government where he provided counter terrorism training.
Wanting to make a greater impact in promoting peace, Rafi created the Sha Dang clothing line focussing on Chinese messages of empowerment. Sha Dang is a lifestyle company that was inspired by the two ancient martial arts and healing monasteries in China where Rafi spent time: Shaolin, known as the original Kung Fu monastery of the Buddhist people, and Wu Dang, which includes the internal arts such as Tai Chi and Qigong and is the home of the Taoist way of life, an ancient Chinese philosophy which promotes living simply and in harmony with nature, and going with the flow.
After the death of his best friend, Rafi launched Bullets4Peace as a creative and practical voice for the victims of violence and ultimately help to limit the damage an individual bullet could do. By wearing a Bullets4Peace pendant, a life was saved and a victim of violence is honoured and remembered.
FLUX Mag will be giving away a Bullets4Peace pendant – check back within the next week for more information on how you can win one of these great accessories.