Through our website you will see a range of sustainable glasses, all made from different materials. I’ll be diving like Tom Daley into the different materials and what makes them sustainable. From recycled plastic to bamboo, this article will discuss the lot.
Recycled Plastic Bottles
With a shockingly low global recycle rate of 13%, recycled plastic bottles are an excellent material to use. Not only are they durable, but they reduce the amount of waste to landfill and reduce the requirement for plastic production. On average, the frames made from this material that we use are made from 5 plastic bottles.
The journey begins in recycling facilities, where the plastic bottles are sorted, washed and chopped into flakes. The flakes are then blended, melted and turned into pre-recycled granules aka rPET. This rPET is the raw material that allows glasses production to occur. With modern 3D printing methods, this rPET soon becomes shaped into a stylish pair of glasses or sunglasses.
Metals are one of the few raw materials that are easily recycled, without damaging their original properties. Unlike plastic, metal is a naturally occurring resource, meaning that there is a finite amount of metal on the planet. The main metals we use in eyewear are titanium and aluminium. Although these are not naturally occurring ores, they are made from a combination of ores, mined from the ground. The process to form these metals is an expensive and produces a lot of carbon dioxide. It’s estimated that recycling of a tonne of aluminium saves nine tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere!
The process to turn your old baked bean can into a stylish pair of glasses starts in the recycling facility. The metal is initially stored and cleaned, then crushed into a denser state. The crushed metal is then melted and formed into flat sheets. These sheets are then used to be formed into your new pair of glasses.