Recycling is the next best trend. And embracing this ethos are Dutch non-profit organization – The Ocean Cleanup and renowned designer Yves Behar. Together the two have devised a unique pair of sunglasses that is made from plastic waste that has been recovered from the great pacific garbage patch (GPGP), a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Yes, that’s right!
The limited-edition line of eyewear is a fitting ode to eco-friendly fashion and as classy as ethical. The accessory is made with the first plastic catch found during the System 001/B campaign in the GPGP with each pair estimated to enable cleaning an equivalent of 24 football fields worth of the GPGP.
Crafted with care in Italy by Safilo, the unique sunglasses are conceptualized by Yves Behar and is his team at fuseproject. They are designed to be sturdy and chic with each frame constructed from plastic certified by DNV GL from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Commenting on it, Yves Behar in a statement to designbloom said, “So many of the projects we work on have an element of sustainability and/or social responsibility, from smaller start-up style projects to large corporate efforts. with the ocean cleanup plastic, it became clear that what is called ‘trash’, is actually a valuable material that can be used for complex as well as beautiful applications. The design effort became a way to prove this point: How could we design something that becomes an instant proof that what we throw away is a precious resource with great potential?
The sunglasses are currently available on The Ocean Cleanup’s website for a contribution of $199.