‘Sustainable glasses will not change the world, the people that wear them will...’
Did you know that every year, more than 800,000 tonnes of fishing nets are abandoned in the sea? Driven by winds and currents, they create islands of waste that entangle and kill hundreds of thousands of sea mammals and fish. As they’re non bio-degradable, these materials will remain in the oceans for over 500 years.
An inspired new initiative started through Kickstarter in 2016 by Francois van den Abeele is taking that plastic out of the ocean, and recycling it into eyewear under the name SEA2SEE. Abeele is a father and entrepreneur with deep passion for oceans and nature, convinced that around the globe consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, that they expect ecologically friendly materials, a conservation-minded use of resources, reduced emission of pollutants and greater social commitment.
SEA2SEE collects a tonne of ocean plastic every 3 days, and fully recycles it, creating the final product of premium eyewear. “We believe that consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious,” says van den Abeele. “[they] expect ecologically friendly materials, a conservation-minded use of resources, reduced emission of pollutants and greater social commitment. The spirit of Sea2see is to create a global consciousness with regards to the issue of sea contamination through a stylish, hip product that is seen and that anybody can wear with pride.”
SEA2SEE will be exhibiting and selling these products at the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race during London International Shipping Week, 15th September – and are kindly donating 15% of their profits to the OSCAR Campaign, part of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
10% offer for the shipping industry: If you would like to order from SEA2SEE, please make sure when ordering that you quote clearly your 10% discount code: BALTIC10
Find out more about SEA2SEE at www.sea2see.org
For information on the Dragon Boat Race, visit https://londoninternationalshippingweek.com/event/oscar-campaign-dragon-boat-race-2017/