Does it make sense to put plastic on your ears? Most of us do it when we wear typical sunglasses. That idea sent me on a internet quest to find an alternative.
I stumbled upon Swell Vision, which is based out of South Carolina. Their frames are made out of bamboo. Of course this is far more sustainable than plastic! Exploring more about Swell Vision I discovered that they also put part of their sales towards supporting local Balinese children so that they can attend the Green School in Bali, Indonesia.
Within a week of placing the order I received the Atticus CR39 Polarized Bamboo Sunglasses. Immediately after I put them on I noticed multiple differences from my previously regular pair of shades. They are super light weight. Coming in at only 0.9oz you’ll barely feel them on your face or ears. That red pinched nose effect was greatly diminished even after wearing the sunglasses for several hours. The other noticeable difference to me was how breezy my face felt with the sunglasses. There was something to the design that allowed plenty of air flow helping me feel cool.
There’s lots to mention about the lenses as well. They’re CR-39 polycarbonate lenses that are impact resistant. Of course I’ve tried not to drop them to see how resistant they are. The lenses are UV400 which blocks 90-100% of UVA/UVB radiation. They’re polarized with an anti-reflective coating. What this all means is that you’ll see clearer on sunny days. You won’t get that awful glare. You’ll see deeper blacks, but not feel as if the frames make the world too dark. Maintaining the lenses is simple as they include a micro-fiber cloth and pouch.
Across the board these sunglasses hit every mark. They’re a cool design, have eco-friendly frames, are light weight, and have high quality lenses. If you want to be adventurous like me, take the plunge into the world of bamboo frames. They’re simply better than plastic frames.
Last week I attended the Safe Horizon red carpet charity shopping event put on by Urban Sanctuary and Faconnable in New York City. Gossip Girl star, Kelly Rutherford, was the official host for the evening. VIP attendees (including Stephanie Pratt from The Hills and many models and NFL players) were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the charity before entering the event. After the event, a fleet of Smart Cars delivered the toys to locations throughout the city. A portion of the sales during this three-day shopping event were donated to Safe Horizon to support their efforts.
Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization and it helps more than 250,000 that are affected by crime and abuse each year. Whether they are responding to child abuse, domestic violence, or other violent crimes, they help victims and their families heal and rebuild their lives.
Get involved with Safe Horizon:
Donate money, time, and help get the word out.
Time is one of the most valuable donations you can make to help victims of violence. Every year, groups of coworkers, neighbors, students and friends volunteer with Safe Horizon. Tasks range from coordinating holiday toy drives for the children we serve to assembling the welcome kits to give to mothers who arrive at our shelters after fleeing homes plagued by violence.