What Is So Special About Our Sunglasses? - Parafina

What Is So Special About Our Sunglasses?

PARAFINA's eco-friendly eyewear combine design and innovation while taking care of the planet and people.

With the production of the new summer 2022 collection, "Urban Waste", we have saved the equivalent in water of 16 Olympic swimming pools and the equivalent in CO2 emissions generated by more than 4 million 40W LED bulbs lit for 24hrs, compared to the production of a non eco-friendly glasses.

You will never look at a plastic bottle or a tyre with the same eyes again. With PARAFINA’s eco-friendly eyewear, seeing a better world is possible. Commitment to the environment, sustainable development and innovation are part of the firm’s DNA, where others see a waste, a problem, we find the solution. To create our designs we use recycled and organic materials, giving them a second life through the upcycling process. Among them, plastic (PET) from water bottles or rubber from tyres. The qualities of both wastes give our glasses unique characteristics such as lightness, flexibility, resistance, the ease of putting them on if you wear a helmet or even hanging them around your neck thanks to their “koala” temple system. Qualities that undoubtedly make the difference. Design glasses made from recycled materials and moreover… functional! that are already a success in more than 35 countries.

PET Water Bottle Plastic: PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is not just any plastic: it is transparent, very light, extremely resistant and most importantly, it is recyclable. It is the material that, par excellence, is used for the manufacture of water bottles. The main environmental problem with this material is that, once it becomes waste, its presence is notorious in rivers and seas, facilitating flooding or clogging up streets and forests with rubbish. When we learned about its qualities, we understood that it was perfect for creating sunglasses that could be used in any season and in any situation.

Tyre Rubber: Tyres, made from rubber, are one of the most abundant materials in landfills around the world and one of the major contributors to global pollution. Tyres currently consist of 18% natural rubber, 24% synthetic rubber made from petroleum-derived polymers, with metal and other materials such as carbon black, textile fibres, zinc oxide, sulphur and additives making up the remainder. A tyre is no longer useful when its rubber wears out, the problem is that in this process plastic polymers are released and end up in the seas and oceans, polluting them.