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.
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.
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.
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.
countries most affected by gun violence
Firearm-related death rate per 100,000 population per year:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Small arms are weapons of mass destruction.
I support the Humanium initiative as an important action towards a more civilized world.
The Humanium Metal Initiative has started collaborating with some of Sweden’s most distinguished designers all who will help explore the possibilities with Humanium Metal and help develop future product designs.
Ingegerd Råman is one of Sweden's most renowned designers of glass and ceramics. Simplicity and timelessness are the key characteristics of her work that have helped Råman enjoy a career of longevity and success.
Råman has designed for several important Scandinavian and international manufacturers, most notably Johanfors Glass, Skruf and Orrefors. Her work is exhibited by museums such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm, the Corning Glass Museum,Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Alexander Lervik has been working as a product designer for 15 years. His work is characterised by innovation, humour, passion, unruliness and intensity. From his design studio in Södermalm, Stockholm, Lervik collaborates with some of the foremost Swedish and international producers, including: Designhouse Stockholm, Johanson Design, Skandiform, Zero, Saas Instruments in Finland and Italy’s Moroso.
Emelie Ekblad has catalyzed change through business development and innovation within a corporate (eg Sony, LG, Microsoft) and startup context for a decade. She founded Dessaga to drive social and environmental sustainability, under the concept of 'Empowerment by Design', and today supports social entrepreneurs, local communities and designers, cross South and Central America, as well as Asia and Africa. Emelie believes in a creative interdisciplinary approach to address key social challenges. She is teaching Conscious Business and Sustainable Development through Design at eg KTH and Konstfack.
Eric Ericson is a Swedish designer, artist, publisher, author and play writer. Eric has published many critically acclaimed books and is the co-founder of the publishing company Orosdi-Back. As a designer Eric has has successfully launched products together with Svenskt Tenn.
As autodidact and former medical student, Cornelia quickly found the body to be her canvas of choice, sketching designs directly on her skin instead of on paper. Since designing her first chain dress in 2006 Cornelia has been driven by the thought of literally dressing the body in jewellery. Cornelia Webb as a has established itself on the international luxury market, creating seductive garments and accessories with a true Scandinavian tone.
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 DevelopmentGuatemala
network of survivors and people with disabilitiesEl Salvador
School of Industrial Design in Lund universityLund, Sweden
The International Action Network on Small ArmsGlobal
Sweden's Ministry for Foreign AffairsStockholm, Sweden
Asociación Nuevo AmanecerEl Salvador
Embassy of GuatemalaStockholm, Sweden
Embassy of El SalvadorStockholm, Sweden
World Fair Trade OrganizationStockholm, Sweden
The Parliamentary Forum on SALWGlobal
Red de SobrevivientesEl Salvador
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