Friday, June 22, 2018

The Humanium Metal Initiative and TRIWA

TRIWA of Stockholm (one of my all-time favorite places to visit) is doing something pretty cool with a new Kickstarter project.  They have created a new watch made of Humanium.

Courtesy of TRIWA
So what is Humanium?

Courtesy of Humanium
Humanium is a new product that is created by taking illegal weapons (it is VERY important to make this point - ILLEGAL weapons, NOT LEGAL) that have been seized, dismantling them, melting down the steel parts and creating a new ingot.  

Courtesy of Humanium
That ingot is then sold to manufacturing companies who use it in the same way they might otherwise use steel.  Proceeds are then re-directed back to the very communities that have been impacted by the injury/loss of life created by the (AGAIN, STRESSING) ILLEGAL weapons.  Sort of a reverse circle of life and death.

In their own words -

In short

Humanium Metal by IM is a new material made of recycled metal from gun destruction programs which are then made available for commercial production.
All products made with Humanium Metal create new sources of funding for victims and projects aiming to rebuild conflict-torn societies.
Humanium Metal will generate local income generation, contributing to long-term positive effects on economic realities and prosperity for affected societies.
A Humanium Metal-based product not only delivers vital financial support to affected individuals and countries, it also carries a strong ethical message.
Consumers who purchase Humanium Metal products, will be part of the solution to one of the world’s greatest problems.

So what does this have to do with watches?

Well I'm glad you asked!

Courtesy of TRIWA
TRIWA has adopted Humanium as a material for a new collection that they are currently promoting on Kickstarter -

Courtesy of TRIWA
TRIWA Humanium Kickstarter

The good news?  The goal has already been reached, so if you choose to back it, you will be getting your very own piece of TRIWA Humanium goodness for the promotional price!

The watch will be available in either Hu39 (39 mm) or or Hu34 (34mm) with a choice of two dial variations and multiple strap options.



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