Bullets2Bandages donates 15 percent of its profits to veterans’ nonprofits.
When Eric Spalding and Cole Evans were bit by the entrepreneurial bug, they had one goal: build a company that’s not just popular and profitable, but socially responsible.
Their company? Bullets2Bandages, a mission-driven apparel and accessories company built specifically to give thanks to veterans of the US armed forces. Their flagship product, the one that got them started, is the .50 caliber bullet bottle opener that has been featured in media all across the country, including The Huffington Post and Fox News. Entrepreneur Magazine selected Bullets2Bandages as the “Editor’s Pick” for quirky holiday gifts under $50.
As Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers — more commonly referred to as bomb technicians — Spalding and Evans have been trained for some of the most intensive combat scenarios imaginable. So as founders of the company, they wanted to take an instrument of war – the bullet – and turn it into a symbol of pride for consumers.
Bullets2Bandages products are all made in America from once-fired ammunition.
“We chose the bullet because it grabs a person’s attention and ignites an important conversation about saying thank you to veterans,” their website says.
But Bullets2Bandages’ real mission is to give back to the veterans who have served this country, highlight the many challenges facing veterans once they return from combat—such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and raise money for organizations that support veterans.
“When we were getting out of military service, we both knew we weren’t interested in taking what’s considered the traditional path for a former Naval officer, which is to get an MBA and go to work in corporate America,” Spalding told the Huffington Post.
“While the goal of every business is to be profitable, there is still a place for businesses of all types to give something back, not only to our local community, but also to our country. We aim to build a brand that symbolizes giving thanks to veterans,” the Bullets2Bandages website says.
Take a look at their website and help the cause: Bullet2Bandages