W.R.Yuma is the worlds first 3D printed sunglasses made only from recycled car dashboards, soda bottles and fridges. WHO EVER THOUGHT YOUR FRIDGE COULD BE MADE INTO SUNGLASSES?! This world is crazy, but super nifty.
W.R.Yuma’s mission is to turn plastic waste into quality sunglasses, giving what would otherwise be destined for landfill another chance at life. Yuma acknowledges the problem of plastic waste and the sheer urgency involved when looking at the amount of plastic that is currently in our oceans and the fact that by 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish.
The sunglasses are 3D printed by adding very thin layers at a time. Not only does this ensure quality, but it also makes the process zero waste as only the exact amount of material that is needed is used. All of the frames are still assembled by hand and the ink on the glasses is made from recycled fridges. On top of ensuring their manufacturing process creates no waste, they have also designed the glasses for disassembly -meaning at the end of their life you can simply take apart the glasses for recycling, there’s no glues, coatings or toxic dyes you need to worry about.
Yuma is launching early September (ie. only a few more weeks time!) and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s businesses like this, that make me super excited for the future of our planet alongside the idea in action that what you spend your money on, really can make an impact on the world.
If you want to check out and support this epic Belgian business that’s about to make waves within the sustainability sector, you can check out their website here. Or follow along on their journey via their socials on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
I’ve also been lucky enough to get an interview with the founder, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.