FAQ

Local Laotian foundries receive metal from households that own properties in which the metal has been recovered from specialized personnel from MAG or from collectors instructed (from MAG).

Yes, our products are free from any toxic material; we had them analyzed by a laboratory accredited by ACCREDIA (see the results here)

The Laotian craftsmen do not work with active explosives. The scrap of aluminum bombs we use are the result of explosions during the war or from the recovery by professionals belonging to MAG or personnel prepared by the same MAG. Because of their light weight, aluminum bombs have had a better detonation rate than iron bombs.

No. Many bombs were made of iron. The artisans of Naphia use aluminum because it has a lower melting point that allows them to work in their home-made earthenware ovens. Since most aluminum bombs exploded on impact, there is a greater prevalence of unexploded iron bombs.

The MAG (Mine Advisory Group) acts by instructing risky behaviors and different types of scrap metal, and teaches them to classify them as exploded or unexploded. Subsequently, it obtained the commitment of the interested parties to engage in training for anyone who works in the procurement that has not received adequate training.
Finally, an agreement was reached between the artisans and foundry operators not to accept any metal considered dangerous, thus discouraging uncontrolled recovery of unexploded ordnance.

Two million tons of bombs have been dropped on Laos. Unfortunately, we do not risk remaining without raw materials!