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!
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.