It’s been a chase with a very elusive prey, but Australia’s eyewear imprint Le Specs has finally captured the formula of creating eco-conscious glasses that are also budget-friendly. The new Le Sustain line uses predominately upcycled components to minimise the manufacturer’s carbon footprint with the added benefit of reducing waste in the environment.
“Le Sustain was a natural next step for Le Specs, for me, the sustainability path is our only future,” says Hamish Tame, Le Specs’ creative director. “Our motivation behind the Le Sustain collection is to innovate with new manufacturing techniques and materials that reduce our environmental footprint, whilst also helping to eliminate unnecessary waste and landfill. Although it’s early days for our Le Sustain capsules, this is a project we are passionate about continuing to develop and expand across our business.”
The frames are characterised by a chunky appearance, especially in Le Specs’ signature D-Frame and Bandwagon frames. The lenses are available in blue, orange, green, and a textured khaki, as well as the more neutral dark shades. For the upcycling and recycling part of the equation, the glasses are made with a blend of meadow grass and recycled plastic—specifically, the blend is 23 per cent meadow grass and 77 per cent recycled plastic. The idea to use grass as a source material came from homewares and furniture, which used similar materials. In addition to the glasses themselves, the packaging is all 100 percent recycled materials, including the jersey pouch (which is made of recycled water bottles and sustainably sourced cotton) and the box. Even the card that comes with the glasses is made of recycled material and with soy-based ink.
The glasses come in a number of styles, including Grass Band, Grass Half Full, and Grassy Knoll. Each of the glasses is priced at AUD$89. The glasses are available on Le Specs’ website now. When you pick up a pair of these glasses, not only will you be contributing to your own style, but also to the future of our world. “The inspiration for the Le Sustain collection was our future,” says Hamish, “and we will leave the planet for generations to come. Personally, and also as a brand, I felt a responsibility to use our platform and position globally to try and make a positive change for the eyewear market.”