We are soon to be releasing a range of Horn Glasses. During our research we did get questioned by the odd vegetarian if this is actually an ethical material.
We had also questions about is it worth it as a Plastic-Alternative Eyewear material.
So the purpose of this post is to outline info on how this material is sourced, why its used for eyewear and the benefits of using this gorgeous material.
Firstly it is a luxurious material due to the time and craftmanship that goes into it. Each pair is unique, with natural markings without the need for dye or colouring. Lets look into some of the Benefits
Horn Glasses Benefits
1. Unique Feel and Look - Horn Rimmed Glasses have a smooth, unique look to it that plastic or acetate cannot mimic. It glistens in the sun and close up has a wonderful depth to it. Each frame will be different and unique
2. They're 35% lighter - than a metal/plastic pair
3. They're stronger - than wood or metal/plastic
4. Hypoallergenic - Perfect for wearers with sensitive skin and reactions to plastic or metal
5. Natural Heat Repellent - The material is known to naturally repel heat. This is quite important as plastic and metal tend to heat in the sun causing discomfort. More importantly, being a device which will have continuous contact with the wearers temples, they may help reduce headaches and regulate blood pressure.
6. Ethical and Sustainable - Water Buffaloes, like western cattle, are domesticated farm animals raised for meat, leather and farm labour. The animals are not killed purely for their horns, but are a byproduct of a farming tradition going back thousands of years.
Unlike western cattle, Water Buffaloes from India and South East Asia are used for transport and ploughing the fields; they are revered and respected by their owners and live long and much happier lives than the cows used for beef in the west. Their Horns are either traditionally used ground to a plump to fertilise the land, or a small quantity goes to the optical and jewellery industry. There is no (to my knowledge) evidence to suggest mistreatment of these animals, or outstanding ethical questions concerning the mistreatment of these animals.
Care Instructions for Horn Glasses
Like all natural material - especially those which are bio-degradable - need taking good care of. After all, if they're not looked after - they will (as the name suggests) bio-degrade!
A few tips to ensure these sunglasses stay in tip top shape:
1. Oil the sunglasses every 8-12 weeks - This avoids the natural discolouration of the material. Use a soft cotton cloth with a dab of any vegetable oil or baby oil. Avoid the hinges and screws of the frame, as you don't want the oil to loosen the screws
2. Keep in case when not in use - FreshforPandas Sunglasses come with either a bamboo or cork carry case. These should be used when not wearing your eyewear. They should not be kept on the shirt or on top of your head as this will eventually ruin them
3. Use Microfibre cloth - for the lenses. The lenses should be cleaned with some lightly soaped warm water only. Avoid using sleeves or clothing to clean the lenses; these often have micro-particles which can scratch the lenses
4. Dry after getting wet - the lenses - especially models with polarisation - are made of multiple layers of complex optical film. Whilst most are water proof, prolonged exposure to water will damage any optical or sunglasses lenses
5. Alternate your eyewear - it is advisable to wear horn glasses as a luxury item of your collection; for special occasions or to match a specific style. As a fashion item, we suggest, it's worth having 2-4 pairs of optical and sunglasses - to mix and match daily outfits.