Coral Eyewear unveils glasses made from Econyl

Coral Eyewear unveils glasses made from Econyl

Sustainability focused start-up Coral Eyewear has become the first
UK-based company to launch a collection of glasses and sunglasses made with
Econyl regenerated nylon.

The Endangered collection features six unisex designs available in four
colours that can be tailored with prescription lenses. Each frame comes
accompanied with a recycled plastic case and the frames are shipped in
recyclable tubes.

The frames are all made using Econyl regenerated nylon, which is
produced by Italian manufacturer Aquafil, from fishing nets from the
aquaculture sector and post-consumer waste material such as fabric scraps
and carpets. Econyl regenerated nylon can reduce the global warming impact
of nylon by up to 90 percent when compared with the same material derived
from oil, added Coral Eyewear.

Coral Eyewear, co-founder George Bailey, said in a statement: “We’ve
seen widespread adoption of Econyl and other recycled materials in fashion,
swimwear and sportswear for a number of years. The eyewear industry needs
to take inspiration from fashion brands such as Tala, Veja and Patagonia in
implementing sustainable business models.

“We’ve focused on developing designs which challenge the multinational
brands on aesthetic and performance, whilst simultaneously setting out a
new path for circularity and sustainability in the eyewear industry.”

Coral Eyewear looking to tackle plastic waste with new sustainable

As well as tackling the global plastic problem by using Econyl
regenerated nylon, Coral Eyewear is also launching a frame recycling scheme
which will become active next year in a bid to ‘close the loop’ on waste
within the eyewear industry.

The frames in the Endangered collection come with a 2 year guarantee and
after this period they can be returned to Coral Eyewear and Aquafil for

Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and chief executive of Aquafil, added: “Nylon
waste for me is not something to be disposed of, but a fantastic resource.
We have a responsibility to look beyond our manufacturing and we encourage
our brands to consider what happens at the end of their products use in the
way Coral Eyewear are doing.”

Coral Eyewear’s Endangered Collection is available for purchase online
and in selected independent opticians.

Coral Eyewear unveils glasses made from Econyl

Images: courtesy of Coral Eyewear


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