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The Humanium® Metal Initiative

The World’s Most Valuable Metal.
A Commodity For Peace.

There are hundred of millions of illegal firearms in the world. As a result, someone is shot every minute. Armed violence is a global epidemic that hits developing countries especially hard. Humanium is a new material made of recycled metal from gun destruction programs. The metal is melted and moulded into units, which are then made available for commercial production.

Armed violence is a worldwide problem accounting for more than 1,500 deaths each day. Every year at least 500.000 people are killed by firearms, making small arms true “weapons of mass destruction”.

The costs of armed violence extend beyond the loss of human life and physical harm. Given the variety of impacts that violence can have on a society, measuring the social and economic consequences of armed violence is complex. The global economic costs of armed violence run into the hundreds of billions of dollars annually. The global cost of insecurity generated by armed violence is estimated at $400 billion annually, and it could decrease the GDP growth of an average economy by at least two per cent per year.

Humanium Metal is a registered trademark and is produced under the control of relevant public authorities and cleared for destruction by competent legal representatives and have been destroyed in accordance with national legislation. All Humanium Metal production is guided by principles as formulated by the World Fair Trade Organisation.

The first weapons destruction program dedicated to Humanium was held in November 2016 in El Salvador. Working closely with the Salvadoran authorities, we produced 1 ton of Humanium Metal. The next weapons destruction program is planned for Guatemala in early 2017. The estimated yearly output is 50 metric tons of Humanium metal.

We supply Humanium Metal to brands, designers and artists world wide.  

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Im Swedish Development Partner

IM Swedish Development Partner has a long history of working in countries where gun violence is undermining development. In order to fight the spread of illegal weapons, as well as find new ways to deliver financial support for victims, IM sought a completely new way to address the problem, by seeking the support of the most influential lobbying group known – Consumers. IM has spent more than two years establishing a supply chain for Humanium Metal that meets industry standards, as well as developing close ties with governments and local NGOs in countries affected by armed violence.

Humanium Metal is part of IM Swedish Development Partner’s strategy to help fulfil United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg16

In short

Humanium 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 also generate job opportunities and local income generation, contributing to long-term positive effects on economic realities and prosperity for affected societies.

A Humanium-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.

From Mass Destruction To Mass Production

By using Humanium Metal, your brand can help the world become a more peaceful place. Anything made out of any metal today can carry a message of peace tomorrow. Destroyed firearms can be recycled into components for buildings, machines or furniture; items of jewellery, buttons, utensils, tools, nails, screws, or even bicycles.

Our long-term vision is to supply brands, artists and designers with Humanium Metal to be transformed into a multitude of projects. Reaching many different markets and people, we hope to spread awareness of the devastating impact of illegal firearms and armed violence, as well as generate funds urgently needed to help support the victims and rebuild conflict-torn societies.

As part of the solution to this humanitarian crisis, Humanium can truly be said to be the most valuable metal in the world.

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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 gun. therefore, the humanium metal initiative is a laudable effort at making this world more peaceful through concrete human action.

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countries most affected by gun violence

Firearm-related death rate per 100,000 population per year:

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How To Buy Humanium Metal

Humanium Metal is not currently available on the open market. Companies interested in producing products using Humanium Metal are asked to submit an official request. All companies will sign partner contacts with IM Swedish Development Partner. Please apply here.

As an individual you can buy a Humanium Metal ingot for 25.000 SEK. Each ingot sold represents a donation to the work IM is doing in countries struggling with armed violence and the flood of guns. For individuals who would like to purchase a Humanium Metal ingot, please contact us here.

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Humanium Metal Initiative has started a number of collaborations with the private sector.

Founded in 2007 by four friends with the goal to change the attitudes in the watch industry that they thought was too focused on status and tradition. They started the company TRIWA (Transforming the Industry of Watches) with the purpose to transform the watch into a modern style symbol through a combination of classic silhouettes and contemporary Scandinavian simplicity.

The Swedish brand BIKEID is known for their slick design and premium components has conquered the commuter crowd that wants to ride around in style without compromising on quality but still with an attractive price tag.

Oscar Properties was founded in 2004 with the vision of creating unique, architect designed, creative and modern homes based on the history of each property. Modern design, architecture and a profound understanding of how people want to live their lives today have since formed the very core of our identity.

For over 400 years Skultuna has produced fine metal objects of the highest quality for both everyday use and for special occasions. Always with that same sense of quality, function and design Skultuna today creates tomorrow’s antiques.

A Day's March offers clean-cut menswear basics and wardrobe staples of the highest quality, at a friendly price. They are continuously striving to produce clothes in an ever more fair and environmentally friendly way. They work with trusted and licensed producers, mainly in Europe.

info@humanium-metal.com

Gun violence is a big threat to South Africa’s democracy, and a major stumbling block to the realisation of a fully shared humanity.
The Humanium Metal Initiative is one contribution towards achieving a nonviolent future.

Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus

How we certify Humanium Metal

The Humanium Metal initiative is based on maintaining close involvement cooperation with public authorities and local organisations.

The metal comes from seized firearms, in the control of relevant public authorities and cleared for destruction by competent legal representatives.

Principles for agreed fair trade policies are applied in all levels of the operations, as formulated by the World Fair Trade Organisation.

Technical specification of metal can be provided for each single batch of melted firearms, in accordance with the documentation handed out by the melting plant.

The work of IM is continuously monitored by the external entity “Swedish Fundraising Control”, www.insamlingskontroll.se/en

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Hans Blix

Small arms are weapons of mass destruction.
I support the Humanium initiative as an important action towards a more civilized world.

Hans Blix
Swedish diplomat

Partner organisations

Humanium Metal initative is based on a close collaboration with governments, authorities and local NGO:s. We are proud to be working with these esteemed partner organisations:

Institute of Education for Sustainable Development

Guatemala

network of survivors and people with disabilities

El Salvador

School of Industrial Design in Lund university

Lund, Sweden

The International Action Network on Small Arms

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Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Stockholm, Sweden

Asociación Nuevo Amanecer

El Salvador

Embassy of Guatemala

Stockholm, Sweden

Transitions Foundation

Guatemala

Embassy of El Salvador

Stockholm, Sweden

World Fair Trade Organization

Stockholm, Sweden

The Parliamentary Forum on SALW

Global

Red de Sobrevivientes

El Salvador

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The Humanium project has been featured in the following media:

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