Monkeyglasses

The building blocks for the monkeyglasses® DNA was laid in 2009, ever since our design philosophy has been “look good while doing good”. monkeyglasses® have a Nordic look, and our glasses are designed for the conscious consumers, and provides a sustainable choice for the large group of people in need of glasses and sunglasses.

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The story of Monkeyglasses

Taking responsibility for your choices has never looked better!

Design

The building blocks for the monkeyglasses® DNA was laid in 2009, ever since our design philosophy has been “look good while doing good”. monkeyglasses® have a Nordic look, and our glasses are designed for the conscious consumers, and provides a sustainable choice for the large group of people in need of glasses and sunglasses. The monkeyglasses® team are very focused on zero waste, and most of all waste material from making the frames for the glasses, are given new life by being transformed into accessories. For some of the frames we use a SUPER SLIM material, that is only 4 mm thick and very light. This makes the glasses very comfortable for the wearer.

Materials

Monkeyglasses have designed a special biodegradable material for their collections to make the frames feel and look like wood, horn and crystal. Their unique products show consideration for both the environment and the people involved in creating them. Monkeyglasses are made of cotton acetate – a special kind of plastic that consists of approximately 95 % cotton flowers and wood, and the raw material is biodegradable. Cotton acetate is a nature-friendly material that is difficult to produce. A long series of steps are required to achieve the desired effect and most of our materials are special made for Monkeyglasses collections.

Production

Monkeyglasses is a pioneer in designing sustainable, exclusive glasses and only 266 g of C02 is created by the activities in the process of making a pair of Monkeyglasses Keeping the carbon footprint as low as possible, is important us, as well as the working conditions during the production, since all of our glasses is handmade. Each pair of Monkeyglasses is in the hand more than 200 times, before it is ready for use.
It requires high standards to be a Monkeyglassessupplier, since all manufactures and suppliers have to comply with the UN Global Compact guidelines on corporate social responsibility.

Consumers

We believe that sustainability should be for anyone, no matter budget, age or size. monkeyglasses® provides a sustainable choice for the conscious consumer, that is fashionable as well as affordable. Our glasses for children help teaching the younger generations how to be sustainable. That way, we all have a chance of being a part of the solution, rather than the problem, when it comes to building a better future for our planet and generations to come.

Save The Orangutan

Thousands of wild orangutans are lost every year – they are victims of the destruction of their rainforest home. This could mean the extinction of one of the world’s four species of great apes – one of our most intelligent and peaceful relatives.
Save the Orangutan works to save the endangered orangutan and its rainforest habitat. The project supports the rescue and translocation of wild orangutans whose forest habitat has been destroyed, and the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutans who — without help — would die or be sold into the illegal pet trade. monkeyglasses® sponsors the rehabilitation work, and Mai-Britt Seaton, the designer behind monkeyglasses®, have adopted Cinta the orangutan.

Recycle

Glasses are products that have a long life in general. The prescription needed may change, but that does not mean that the glasses are done doing their job. Less fortunate people all over the world are in need of glasses too. monkeyglasses® help to collect old glasses for the Danish organization Syn For Sagen I Afrika, where old glasses are brought to people in need by volunteer opticians, given new life, and brings great joy. But when the life of a pair of monkeyglasses® do come to an end, the materials used for the frames are biodegradable, easy to recycle.
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