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The Caliber Collection: Upcycling Recovered Guns into Jewelry

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Since 1979, 116, 385 children and teens have been killed by guns. The number of U.S. teens and young adults killed by guns is 43 times higher than the 23 industrialized nations combined. Now, the massacre of children in Newtown appears to be galvanizing the broadest support for stricter gun laws in about a decade, according to a recent New York Times/CBS New Poll.

No matter where you stand on the heated issue, you can’t argue this statement: the caliber of a city is raised when illegal guns are taken off its streets. brass caliber collection

A piece from the Brass 250 Collection made from shell casings swept from crime scenes by the Newark Police Department.

With that in mind, the Caliber Collection was created. Jewelry for a Cause, a philanthropic Greenwich-based company teamed up with officials in Newark, N.J. to take their recently seized firearms and bullet casings and repurpose them into high-end bracelets. The collection features steel bangles and cuffs, each engraved with the serial number of the illegal gun it was fashioned from. jessica and cory

Newark mayor Cory Booker and Jewelry for a Cause founder Jessica Mindich.

A portion of the proceeds from the Caliber Collection go back to the Newark Police Department to benefit their gun buyback amnesty program.

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Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.