Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Glasses That Give

Leopard scarf, Autumn leaves, black blouse, pink sunglasses and red lipstick
Maha in Cerise (c/o Pala Sunglasses)
Did you know that approximately 640 million people are currently living without access to the glasses they need in order to see properly? Have you ever thought about the impact that prescription lenses can have on someone's life? Without proper vision, education and work prospects suffer or sometimes simply don't exist depending on the severity of vision impairment and as someone who wears corrective lenses, I can say from experience that not having the glasses or contacts you need is literally a headache. 

Fuchsia Sunglasses

What if I told you that for a fraction of the cost of most designer sunglasses that you could not only get an incredibly chic pair of sunnies, but that you could also help someone in need every time you do? Sounds pretty good, right? Allow me to introduce you to Pala Sunglasses. A portion of the proceeds from all the sunglasses sold by Pala are given to grants that support eye care projects in Africa to create vision centers and dispensaries that provide new glasses to people in need. For every pair of Pala Sunglasses sold, one patient gets the eyewear they need, improving not only their vision, but their quality of life as well.

Hot Pink Sunglasses and plastic woven case on striped background

As if that wasn't enough, Pala Sunglasses takes things one step further with their cases which are woven from discarded and recycled plastic bags, used water sachets or other recycled plastic waste by weavers in Bolgatanga, Upper East Ghana. Not only are the cases unique, but they provide an upcycling opportunity and jobs for the people who make them. Often a job like this makes a huge difference in someone's life, funding essential necessities to live or even the money required to purchase a uniform and books for attending school, things that many of us take for granted. Each sunglasses case is unique and handmade by traditional weavers in one of three rural communities in Bolgatanga. 

Yellow bag, leopard scarf, jeans and hot pink sunglasses

Pala Sunglasses are great quality and while the lenses aren't polarised, they do provide 100% UVA/UVB protection to keep your eyes safe from sun exposure. They also come in a wide variety of styles and colors, so there's something for everyone. For just £45, you not only get a fabulous pair of sunglasses, but you can also help someone get the vision care they need, support the employment of rural weavers in Ghana and do your part to save the planet investing in suglasses that come in cases made from upcycled plastic waste. Feeling good about giving back when you buy Pala Sunglasses is easy - it's kind of like a free gift with purchase!

Turquoise earrings, leopard scarf, red lipstick, cerise sunglasses

For more information or to shop for your own Pala Sunglasses (Ahem, or to buy lots of pairs for everyone on your Christmas shopping list - think of all the people in need who will get glasses if you do!) visit palasunglasses.com. It's worth checking out the videos on the website to see what a difference a pair of sunnies can make, to learn more about the weavers that make the cases and to find out more about the mission of the brand.

Jeans, leopard, yellow purse and distressed wooden wall
Sunglasses: c/o Pala Sunglasses / Top: Gap / Scarf: Accessorize / Jeans: Gap (similar here)
Boots: Jigsaw (similar here) / Bag: Laura Ashley (sold out) / Earrings: Accessorize (old)
Ring: & Other Stories (old) / Nails: Leighton Denny Nail Varnish in Passion

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