A Collection Crafted From Plastic Waste And Funds Blindness Prevention
#TOGETHERBAND expands its core #TOGETHER sustainable product offering to include sunglasses (#TOGETHER Eyewear) crafted using recycled plastic sourced from CDs and electrical appliance cases that are recycled into polycarbonate. All products that would’ve ended up in landfills, had they not been recycled to create new products.
Additionally, for every pair sold, #TOGETHERBAND is working with Sightsavers to help protect 25 people from losing their sight to river blindness. River blindness is caused by an infection with a parasitic worm; symptoms include severe itching, bumps under the skin and eventually leading to blindness.
The #TOGETHER Eyewear collection is comprised of three styles available in up to four colourways and finished with the #TOGETHER logo on the right lens, a 5 barrel hinge & wide arms for a sturdy fit.
- Ale – An iconic round frame design available in black, tortoiseshell, khaki green and yellow
- Kai – A 90s throwback style with wide rectangular lens design available in tortoiseshell, khaki green and yellow
- Rae – Wayfarer-style sunglasses available in black, tortoiseshell and khaki green
The full collection offers CAT1 UV protection and is heat resistant, durable and can be fully recycled once it reaches the end of its life cycle.
All proceeds from the #TOGETHER EYEWEAR collection will further the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Black and tortoiseshell styles will support all UN Goals whereas khaki green will be focused on Goal 13: Climate Action. The sunglasses collection retails £40 each and is available from #TOGETHERBAND’s Regent Street flagship and www.togetherband.org.
The #TOGETHERBAND campaign was launched on Earth Day 2019 by sustainable accessories brand BOTTLETOP in partnership with the UN Foundation and UBS. It uses creativity and culture to raise public awareness for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspire action to achieve them. The campaign has created a global community of active citizens with a reach of 5.4 billion, connected through sustainable fashion, contemporary art, music and documentary film. Ambassadors range from David Beckham and Naomi Campbell to Halima Aden, Lewis Hamilton and Jameela Jamil. Every #TOGETHERBAND is made from reclaimed Parley Ocean Plastic®, decommissioned firearm metal and handcrafted by artisans in Nepal creating skills and livelihoods for local women.
BOTTLETOP is a luxury, sustainable accessories brand that began in 2002 through a handbag design collaboration with iconic British fashion house Mulberry supporting artisans in Africa and local health education projects. With the BOTTLETOP atelier in Brazil and workshops in Nepal, the brand continues to provide skills and livelihoods for artisans in disadvantaged parts of the world.
BOTTLETOP is also a technical innovator; working to develop and apply the most innovative waste and sustainably sourced materials to its collection including up-cycled metal, marine plastic, Humanium metal (recycled decommissioned firearms), Zero Deforestation leather and wild rubber. In November 2017 BOTTLETOP opened on Regent Street with the first-ever 3D printed store created from waste plastic.