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Must-have sunglasses made from ocean plastics

‘It’s incredible to think that only a year ago this plastic was polluting our oceans and now it’s something beautiful, turning a problem into a solution,’ says Dutchman Boyan Slat, founder and ceo of The Ocean Cleanup. The non-profit organisation developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans and rivers of plastic has unveiled a product made from the plastic they recovered from the ocean to help fund their multi-million Euro project.

Ocean Cleanup has taken its first batch of plastic certified from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, recycled it, and turned it into something useful and durable: sunglasses. With a contribution of EUR 199, supporters have the chance to own a piece of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and help fund the continuation of the project, as 100% of the proceeds go directly to future operations.

Reclaiming an area of the oceans said to be the equivalent of 24 football fields produces the plastic used for each pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses were chosen as the first product because the organisation wanted to offer something durable and useful and to remind users of ‘the beauty and importance’ of our oceans.

Design for recycling

Boyan Slat.

Ocean Cleanup sunglasses are meant to last and keep their value, having been designed in California by renowned designer Yves Béhar and his team at fuseproject and crafted by Italian eyewear producer Safilo. The frame is made with plastic certified by DNV GL from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The case is made with recycled material from System 001, also known as ‘Wilson’, the first ocean clean-up system deployed in 2018. With end-of-life in mind every component, from metal hinges to polarised lenses, are designed to be taken apart easily and recycled again should this be necessary.

Join the Cleanup club

‘Of course, The Ocean Cleanup is only here today because of our supporters, so I am excited these sunglasses are just another opportunity for everyone to be part of the clean-up and help us maximize our impact,’ says Slat. ‘I am thankful for the support of our followers and our partners and for their dedication and efforts to realise this very important step on our mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.’

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