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Help launch Eqo Optics, the first line of handmade sunglasses crafted from recycled skateboards. Custom designed & manufactured in CO.
120 backers pledged $12,220 to help bring this project to life.

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Say what?

Do we really make sunglasses from skateboards? You bet your casper-flip we do! We craft our shades from 100% recycled Colorado skateboards! Every pair of sunglasses we make are hand-made & hand-finished.

We have partnered with over 10 Colorado based skateboards shops, who graciously donate broken boards to our cause, with more on the way! 

So far, local response has been so overwhelming, we have spent most of our extra money buying supplies & equipment just to make pairs for friends & family. This has left us at a stand still!

We have a finalized design, inspired by the classic Wayfarer. We have durable spring-hinge hardware. We have Carl Zeiss lenses awaiting shipment. All of our glasses are finished with a food-safe combination of oils & resins. They are 100% waterproof & they float! But what we don't have, is funding!

That's where you come in! With your help we hope to collect enough capital to begin full-time manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. The great thing is, through Kickstarter, you could be the first to rock a professionally made pair of Eqo Optics!

We are offering 2 styles through Kickstarter. These are:

  • 1) Sycamore -  (click for pic) This style is made from 1 skateboard.
  • 2) Alaskana - (click for pic) This style is made from 2-3 skateboards.


A little background...

Eqo Optics started in early 2011, in my garage, after years of bewilderment at the number skateboards friends had amassed over a childhood of skating.

One day after seeing an advert fro wooden glasses, it just clicked. Sunglasses, made from skateboards! After contacting the next-best woodworker (& subsequent first-best skateboard-hoarder) I knew, Eqo Optics was born.

We spent the next 6 months chopping, gluing, sawing & sanding, trying to nail down a classy & functional few prototypes.

What emerged was really cool, and not only we thought so! Local amateur skateboarders began requesting pairs made from their broken boards. Skate shops began collecting broken boards for us. People were literally trying to steal them off of our faces! We finally realized this may be something we should consider going full-scale!

That brings us here! With a little luck, and help from you, Eqo Optics can begin milling out some seriously sweet shades!

We have a small website put together at www.eqo-optics.com with pictures and contact information, if your curious. Also, our Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr pages offer some interesting content as well.

All sunglasses ordered will be shipped early April 2012.

Thank you ahead of time for any pledges, and please do not hesitate to ask us any questions!

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Who's awesome? You're awesome! This little pledge earns you a hearty shout-out on all of our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & our website!

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    Get your sticker-bomb on! For five bucks we'll send you a random assortment of Eqo Optics stickers, in addition to a gracious "thank you" on our social media pages & website!

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    We like to keep it DIY! For $25 you'll receive a sticker pack, social media shout-outs, & a custom designed Eqo Optics T-shirt, hand screen-printed by us!

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    Receive everything in the $25 pack, plus a hand printed Eqo Optics hoodie!

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Be the first to own a pair of Eqo Optics shades! For $100 you'll receive 1 of the first 25 Sycamores ever produced! Your pair will be numbered from between 1-25 and will come with an Eqo Optics silk bag & lens cloth. Choose between light (yellow, light red, orange) or dark (blue, green, purple) color scheme.

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    Pledge US$ 115 or more About US$ 115

    Be the first to own a pair of Eqo Optics Alaskanas! For $115 you'll receive 1 of the first 25 Alaskanas ever produced! Your pair will be numbered between 1-25 and will come with an Eqo Optics silk bag & lens cloth. Choose between light (yellow, light red, orange) or dark (blue, green, purple) color scheme.

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    Pledge US$ 115 or more About US$ 115

    Missed out on the first 25 pair? For $115 you'll receive a pair of Sycamores (numbered between 25-125), an Eqo Optics silk bag, and a lens cloth. Choose between light or dark color scheme.

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    Pledge US$ 130 or more About US$ 130

    Missed out on the first 25 pair? For $130 you'll receive a pair of Alaskanas (numbered between 25-125), an Eqo Optics silk bag, and a lens cloth. Choose between light or dark color scheme.

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    Pledge US$ 175 or more About US$ 175

    Want a custom pair? For $175 pick a style of your choice (Sycamore or Alaskana) with a 25 character message of your choice inscribed in the left-inner arm! In addition, you choose the main design color (from blue, yellow, red, pink, green, or purple.) But wait, were not done yet! We'll throw in a shirt, a sticker pack, and a special shout-out!

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    Pledge US$ 280 or more About US$ 280

    Save $70 with 2 pair of custom Eqo Optics shades! Choose your style (Sycamore or Alaskana), custom message (25 characters), & color (blue, yellow, red, pink, green, or purple). Plus a shirt. Plus a hoodie. Plus a sticker pack.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    For a $500 pledge you get 4 custom pair of Eqo Optics sunglasses. Your choice of style, custom message, & color. Also, we'll send you 4 shirts, 1 hoodie, & a few sticker packs. That's over a $300 savings from suggested retail!

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Order 10 custom pair & get them for only $100 a pair! For $1000 you'll receive 10 custom pair; style, color, and inscribed message of your choosing! You also get 5 shirts and 2 hoodies.

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    Pledge US$ 2,250 or more About US$ 2,250

    25 custom pair for an unreal price! Choose your styles, colors, and messages. We'll also throw in 10 shirts, 5 hoodies, an unsettling amount of stickers, and a seriously flattering shout-out on our social media & web pages!

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    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    Do you really like our idea? I mean, REALLY like it? If you can't resist hanging out with us, we'll fly you to beautiful Colorado Springs for a weekend, wine & dine you at the Broadmoor hotel, complement your good looks, and just treat you like a king (or queen) in general!

    Oh, and you'll leave with 30 CUSTOM PAIR of Eqo Optics sunglasses, and a bunch of swag.

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Funding period

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