Coral Eyewear has become the first UK-based company to create and launch a collection of glasses and sunglasses made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon.
Our Endangered Collection features six unisex designs available in four colours all of which can be tailored with prescription lenses. Each frame comes accompanied with a recycled plastic case and the frames are shipped in recyclable tubes.
Co-Founder of Coral Eyewear, George Bailey said: “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.”
To ensure the frames are a true circular economy solution, Coral Eyewear has also announced 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 recycling.
Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil said: “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”.