Words by Smiley Team
Sunglasses don’t have to have the sole purpose of protecting your eyes from the sun – they can also reduce plastic waste and fund blindness protection.
That’s if you wear #TOGETHERBAND sunglasses.
The brand has expanded its release of sunglasses crafted using recycled plastic sourced from CDs and electrical appliance cases that are recycled into a polycarbonate. All products that would’ve ended up in landfill, had they not been recycled to create new products.
Additionally, for every pair sold, #TOGETHERBAND is working with Sightsavers to help protect 25 people from losing their sight to river blindness. River blindness is caused by an infection with a parasitic worm; symptoms include severe itching, bumps under the skin and eventually leading to blindness.
The #TOGETHER collection has three styles available in up to four colours. The full collection offers CAT3 UV protection and is heat resistant, durable and can be fully recycled once it reaches the end of its life cycle.
All proceeds from the collection will further the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Black and tortoiseshell styles will support all UN Goals whereas khaki green will be focused on Goal 13: Climate Action.
The #TOGETHERBAND campaign was launched on Earth Day 2019 by sustainable accessories brand BOTTLETOP in partnership with the UN Foundation and UBS. It uses creativity and culture to raise public awareness for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspire action to achieve them.
The campaign has created a global community of active citizens with a reach of 5.4 billion, connected through sustainable fashion, contemporary art, music and documentary film.
Ambassadors range from David Beckham and Naomi Campbell, to Halima Aden, Lewis Hamilton and Jameela Jamil. Every #TOGETHERBAND is made from reclaimed Parley Ocean Plastic®, decommissioned firearm metal and handcrafted by artisans in Nepal creating skills and livelihoods for local women.
DONATE: You can donate to Sightsavers, to help prevent blindness across the world.
BUY: Buy a pair of sunglasses to support charity and reduce plastic waste.