Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Eco-Friendly Eyewear

I think this is one of those things that people don't think about when it comes to living a greener lifestyle. We sort of accept that there are some aspects of our lives that we cannot or will not "go green" with, that there are some things that will always be environmenally unfriendly. But as with all things, technology has made it possible for us to take another step forward.

Take, for example, the eco collection by Modo. The company itself was founded in 1990 by an Italian immigrant who moved to NYC and wanted to make a difference - and now they're offering eco-friendly frame options for people with prescription lenses and those who are looking for sunglasses or non-prescription lenses. The frames are affordable, running about $129 per set (not plus the cost of prescription lenses), and can be ordered directly from the company via their website (as can any non-prescription sunglasses) or purchased from optical centers that offer the eco line. Their options are simple, comfortable, and most of all, stylish. The best part, though, is how their company operates. They use all recycled products to make their frames. For every frame set sold, they plant a tree. And, most awesome of all, they provide an easy way for consumers to donate unused frame sets to those in need of eyeware in less-developed countries. How great is that?

How do I know all this? Well, today I had my first eye appointment ever. And it turns out I have an astigmatism, so I need glasses. It also just so happens that Wal-Mart, of all places, carries the eco line! I was drawn there almost immediately, and quickly found something I liked. It makes me feel great (and so does the idea that in about a week my near-constant headaches will hopefully be going away)!

Next topic: IPT (Infant Potty Training, NOT the same as EC)

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