Our world is filled with plenty of arguments based on sometimes questionable facts, so we choose not to debate, but not to gamble either. Thus, we’re left pondering what little bit could we do today, that could make the planet better tomorrow. One young company, and the millennials that founded it, have done just that. They’re producing a product, that benefits both the customer, the employees, children in Bali, and they’re making the planet just a little bit better, one pair of bamboo sunglasses at a time.
What do they do? They make Swell Vision. The 100% bamboo frame sunglasses float when dropped in the water. Yep; that includes lakes too! Floating sunglasses are pure genius as these sunglasses are lightweight, super strong, and buoyant. But even better, the bamboo is great for our planet.
Bamboo absorbs greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and releases about 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere than a similar woods of hardwood trees. It’s also super strong, renewable, and grows fast. Some species of bamboo can grow 36 inches with a 24hour period! Bamboo could be harvested in one to five years, whereas hardwoods like oak take at least forty years to mature. Bamboo can also ‘replant’ itself; after harvesting, it will grow a new shoot from its root system. Bamboo also grows in a wide variety of climates from low wetlands to arid mountains, with no fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides needed for it to thrive. And, technically speaking, bamboo has a higher specific comprehensive strength than wood, brick or concrete, and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel. That’s strong.
Swell Vision sunglasses have multi-layered polarized polycarbonate lenses that are impact resistant and lightweight. The 2.0 series is made from sustainable bamboo and features plant-based acetate tips on the temples. The lenses are polarized CR39-TAC (triacetate cellulose), which is a process that applies the polarization to the lenses in multiple layers to ensure strong lenses that are not only impact and scratch resistant, but shockproof as well. Polarization eliminates glare, reduces eye strain, increases visual clarity, and enhances contrast.
Swell vision polarized lenses are UV400, blocking both UVA and UVB rays.
But what truly impresses me about these millennial founders of Swell Vision, is their commitment to giving back to the planet. Swell’s vision is inextricably linked to the mission of their company: to promote sustainability across the globe. They accomplish this by:
Need a personal reason to buy good sunglasses? It’s time to protect your eyes. Ophthalmologists warn us that exposure to UV light accumulates over time and raises the risks of certain eye diseases, including cataract, growths on the eye, and cancer. Strong exposure to snow reflection could cause painful damage called snow blindness. Growths on the eye can show up as early as in our teens or twenties, especially in surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, or anyone who spends long hours under the mid-day sun. Babies and kids also need protection and should wear hats and sunglasses. People of all ages should take precautions whenever they are outdoors, even on cloudy days as UV rays can pass through the clouds.
Polarized lenses also help you see more clearly. People who fish, in particular, find polarized sunglasses drastically cut the glare and help them see into the water. Polarized lenses are not recommended for seeing images on LCD (liquid crystal display) screens—like iPads, cell phones and some watches.
The bottom line? Don’t gamble with your eyesight or the planet. Those of us at FindYourGoose.com are trying harder to do a little good each day, and we’re really glad to support companies who produce products that do good too!
I can just barely see my favorite chair on our patio, peeking out from under the snow. It’s calling me. Our patio furniture has been hidden under snow for months. And yes, we do store it in a snowbank because that saves a lot of room in our garage. Our Perfect Choice patio furniture is basically Minnesota weather-proof. Once it’s a little warmer, I’ll hose it off and likely I’ll run a sudsy brush of dish soap over the chair’s surface. Nothing ever needs to be painted, scraped or sanded. It doesn’t fade. I’ve no cushions to worry about getting wet or worn. And it’s a rare Minnesota windstorm, that even moves the chairs.
But it’s how comfortable this chair is, that makes it my favorite. When we moved into town twenty years ago, we bought this furniture for our patio. Since then, we’ve stored it outside year ‘round. It really is one of our best purchases ever. We can count on it to not embarrass us because we aren’t a small bunch. We’re solid Minnesotans. Not as big as Paul Bunyan, but not tiny either. Our chairs can handle us and our family shindigs. The chairs won’t break like the big box store plastic ones, even though the chair’s been sitting in the sun for two decades. Our chairs still look like new 20 years later. If I set a new one next to our twenty-year-old one, people wouldn’t be able to tell which is which. Now that’s got to be the definition of a great buy. It’s because we found this patio furniture so comfortable, so durable, so very perfect, that we decided to start carrying it at Wild Goose. And many of our customers, seeking their favorite patio chair, have discovered the very same thing.
When I relax, I like to rock. My patio glider’s gentle rocking invites me to settle in, sip a cool beverage, and read. Our family is like Goldilocks’s three bears; we each have our favorite seats. The kids like to lounge in the Adirondack chairs, sitting low, leaning slightly back, and stretching out their legs. My parents prefer the Dining Adirondacks, which sit a little higher, and are easier to get up out of the chair. The arm rests are nice and wide, perfect for holding my morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine. My husband? He prefers leaning on the bar as he’s talking smart, or relaxing on the glider as well. We do not yet have the new maintenance-free bar/serving counter that Perfect Choice started making two years ago, but it’s on our to-do list! Lucky for me, and every customer, the fade-resistant nature of the product makes it easy to add pieces over time.
Made in Wisconsin from poly-lumber, these chairs are better than others on the market for several key reasons: 1) The boards are thicker with 95% density, which results in greater strength, and less possibility of dirt or mildew penetrating the surface. 2) Over-sized swivel bearings and hardware are used for smooth, effortless and quiet movements. 3) Table bases are reinforced with a hidden, interior aluminum frame but have a solid table top for easy use resulting in a level surface for dishes. 4) All hardware is stainless steel and marine coated which won’t rust. 5) All wear points use a bolt, rather than a screw, which could be important twenty years from now in case tightening is ever needed. That last point came from the guys that assemble our patio furniture. I once bought chairs from a different vendor, and the guys quickly nixed that decision. They showed me how valuable bolts would become, when years later, a chair might begin to get a wobble. A bolt could be tightened, securing the chair. A screw might get stripped. Considering my patio set is already twenty years old, these bolts are important. For the record, I’ve never needed to tighten a single bolt, but I could if I needed to.
Tables and chairs come in three height options: bar, counter, or traditional table height; and a great variety of size, frame, and color choices. Benches, swings, gliders, a rocking chair, swivel chair, lounge chair, and bar round out the Perfect Choice collection. The furniture is easy to assemble, so many customers choose to save money by doing their own assembly.
Wild Goose stocks more pieces of Perfect Choice than any other store in Minnesota! But if the perfect color or style isn’t in-stock, we’ll quickly get your choice ordered and drop-shipped to your door. We won’t be beat on price, and we offer free financing. Come test out our selection.
Minnesota summers are precious. Don’t be like Goldilocks and left without a seat. Line up your perfect choice today! See a store associate for details.
As a self proclaimed “retail nerd”, Sue has been in the retail business for over 20 years owning and managing specialty gift stores in west central Minnesota. She and her husband love to travel and explore unique destinations. While doing so, they also gather ideas to bring home. Sue and Doug have three grown children and live in Perham, Minnesota.