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Hemp Eyewear - a premium collection of organic plant fibre glasses. Innovative, high quality and designed for a sustainable future.
Hemp Eyewear - a premium collection of organic plant fibre glasses. Innovative, high quality and designed for a sustainable future.
Hemp Eyewear - a premium collection of organic plant fibre glasses. Innovative, high quality and designed for a sustainable future.
75 backers pledged £13,088 to help bring this project to life.

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We pride ourselves on handcrafting one of the most innovative frames in the industry, using the most sustainable resource on earth. 

Hemp Eyewear is a 'world first', you will find nothing like our eyewear anywhere.

 

Our vision is promote hemp as a renewable resource through innovative design and unique products.

 

 

 

 

     
 

Our story began thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, raising 150% of our funding goal and over £37,000.

We’ve learned a lot over 2 years. Now we are focusing on premium quality eyewear. To do this, we are raising the funds for new machinery, allowing us to carry out 100% in house manufacture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features

 

 

Hemp Eyewear is handmade from organic plant fibre, making our frames one of the most sustainable and innovative on the market. Our new range uses the same unique material as before, with a focus on premium quality: 

  • One of a Kind. Nature has no straight lines. Every frame has its own unique plant fibre pattern in the material, making your pair the only version in existence. 
  • Stronger & Lighter than Carbon Fibre. Our frames are stronger and lighter than carbon fibre, as well as being made from a natural and renewable material.
  • Highest quality lenses. Carl Zeiss are industry leaders in lens technology and are used in every frame. Both both sunglasses and optical lenses are available.
  • Precision Engineered: 5-Barrel Hinges. Our 5-barrel hinges are precision engineered in Germany from specialist high end metal. 
  • Personalised Engraving. Our eyewear is inherently one of a kind. To personalise your frame further, we can engrave your name or chosen text (up to 20 characters) into the inside of the arm. 
  • Special Edition - 100 Frames.  Every engraved pair will be numbered from 01-100 (depending on your 'backer number') along with your name / choice of text. 
  • Handcrafted. Our handcrafted process is completed in our workshop using traditional artisanal techniques to ensure high quality finish and attention to detail.
  • Temple Tips. Our temple tips are made from bio acetate which are 100% recyclable. Allowing for a precise fit that can be adjusted to suit you and in keeping with our sustainable concept. 
  • Titanium Nose Pads. Made from titanium and super lightweight, our nose pads can be adjusted to suit your exact fit. 
  • Vegan & Recyclable. Our products are both 100% vegan & recyclable. We use no animal derived materials in any of our processes.

  

The collection

We have 5 frame styles to choose from. They are specially designed so that either a sunglass lens OR a prescription lens can be fitted to your frame. 

Our frames fit both men and women. For our premium range, we've included adjustable temple tips and nose pads for fine tweaking to your exact fit.

Choose your style...

 

Lenses

High quality eyewear deserves only the best lenses. We use Carl Zeiss, specialists in lens technology, they have a reputation in the industry as producers of the finest lenses.

 

Sunglass Lenses. 
Our polarised sunglasses offer full 100% UV protection and tinted brown to complement our frames. Zeiss sunglass lenses are high end category 1, ensuring the best quality protection for your eyes. 

Optical / Prescription Lenses.  
Extraordinary visual quality, ZEISS optics are thin, lightweight and scratch resistant for perfect vision. 

We can fit any prescription lens to our frames and offer the following: 

-Single Vision 

-Progressive (Bi-focal)

-Transitional (sunglasses prescription)

Giving us your prescription. All you need to do is choose the 'Optical' reward. After the campaign ends, we will send you a survey and ask for your prescription, lens type and style of frame.

 

Our process

Over the past 2 years we have developed and perfected our manufacturing process. By combining a leading edge sustainable technology with traditional artisanal techniques, we have created the most innovative eyewear in the industry. 

 

   

Hemp Eyewear is based in an old biscuit factory converted into a creative hub for designers, photographers and makers. 

Located in Edinburgh, Scotland, our studio & workshop is where we design and handcraft every frame. 

 

 

 

 

Our material

We use a leading edge sustainable technology to make solid material out of organic plant fibre. Hemp fibre is the most sustainable, eco friendly and diverse resource on earth, which is why it’s our material of choice. 

 

 

Our solid hemp fibre is lighter and stronger than carbon fibre, plus eco friendly and renewable, making it an ideal solution to unsustainable plastic materials. 

Every individual plant fibre forms its own pattern within the material, which makes every product ‘one of kind’ as no two will ever be the same. 

Eyewear doesn't get much lighter than our frames. 

Unlimited uses

Hemp is both eco friendly and renewable. But its diversity makes it the most beneficial natural resource we have.

  

Almost anything can be made from hemp without using fossil fuels. For example: 

Rope, bio fuel, food, textiles, healthcare products, paper, car parts, building materials...

To show how diverse hemp is, we have created another 2 rewards for our backers, incorporating our solid hemp material in both…

  

Phone cases

Usually made from unsustainable plastic, our phone cases are eco friendly, unique and handmade from 100% hemp. Everything from the solid exterior, stitching and interior fabric pouch is made from hemp.

 

Hemp rucksacks

Back by popular demand. Our roll top bag is handmade from hemp fabric, hemp thread and incorporates our sustainable material as a feature buckle. 

Please note: They are limited edition and only available on Kickstarter!

 

Hemp is one of the most eco friendly fabrics available and has greater benefits compared to other materials used in the fashion industry... 

The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. The solution is to choose eco friendly materials and quality clothing which lasts instead of fast fashion items.

 

Packaging

Everything down to our packaging is made from hemp. Ensuring we are environmentally sound, down to the last detail, and showcasing hemp in its different forms:

  • Handmade hemp canvas box
  • Hemp fabric pouch for glasses
  • Handmade hemp paper comp slip 
  • Recycled keyring from our hemp material

 

Rewards

 

 

Supporting change

The Ocean Cleanup are developing a system to extract plastic from the ocean using tidal currents. We believe in sustainable design & innovation, which align perfectly with their project. 

5% of our profits (after Kickstarter fee) will support The Ocean Cleanup project.

 

Timeline

We have already sourced our machinery and have our own manufacture set up in Edinburgh. We just need the help of backers and Kickstarter to help fund the machinery and then we are good to go!

By supporting Hemp Eyewear, you are supporting change towards a sustainable future.

#WearHemp

 

 

 

                                                                

 

 

   

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have gone through the whole crowd funding experience before and have have been running the business successfully over the past couple of years. We know how everything works and the pitfalls of first time project creators etc.

There are no foreseen risks as we already manufacture eyewear in our workshop. The only challenge is waiting for our machinery to be installed and get them up and running. We have a great team of technicians behind us and we're looking forward to our new set up!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Thank you!

    Thank you for backing our project, we really appreciate your support! For this reward you will be added to our newsletter and receive updates on our project!

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    Pledge £18 or more About $22

    Unique Hemp Phone Case

    Organic, original and sustainable, our phone cases are the most unique you will find!

    Choose our eco friendly phone case and show your support for sustainability!

    Compatible with:

    APPLE iPhone: 6, 6+, 7, 7+
    Samsung GALAXY S5, S6, S7

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    Pledge £33 or more About $41

    2 x Unique Hemp Phone Cases

    Receive 2 of our phone cases designed using our innovative solid hemp material.

    Organic, original and sustainable, our phone cases showcase the diversity of hemp and protects your phone.

    Save on shipping costs with a friend!

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    Pledge £70 or more About $87

    Hemp Roll Top Bag

    Receive a unique handmade bag with roll top lid.

    Using fine hemp linen and our innovative material as a feature buckle, our bags are 100% hemp with a simple yet unique design.

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    Pledge £85 or more About $106

    [Early Bird] 1 x Sunglasses

    Choose any style of sunglasses from our range. Included with:

    ZEISS Sunglass Lenses
    1 x Handmade hemp box
    1 x Microfibre pouch
    1 x Recycled hemp keyring
    1 x Handmade hemp comp slip

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    Pledge £100 or more About $124

    1 x Sunglasses

    Choose any style of sunglasses from our range. Included with:

    ZEISS Sunglass Lenses
    1 x Handmade hemp box
    1 x Microfibre pouch
    1 x Recycled hemp keyring
    1 x Handmade hemp comp slip

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    Pledge £115 or more About $143

    1 x Sunglasses + PERSONALISED

    Personalise your sunglasses with a silver engraving of your name or chosen text (18 characters max). Included with:

    ZEISS Sunglass Lenses
    1 x Personalised Name/Text + no: 0-100
    1 x Handmade hemp box
    1 x Microfibre pouch
    1 x Recycled hemp keyring
    1 x Handmade hemp comp slip

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    Pledge £150 or more About $186

    1 x Optical Glasses

    Any style of frame fitted with premium ZEISS optics. Personalised engraving included as standard:

    ZEISS Optical Lenses
    1 x Personalised Name/Text + no: 0-100
    1 x Handmade hemp box
    1 x Microfibre pouch
    1 x Recycled hemp keyring
    1 x Handmade hemp comp slip

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    Pledge £174 or more About $216

    1 x Optical Frame + Clip On Sunglasses

    Wear your optical frames in the sun! ZEISS optics fitted to your choice of frame and comes with stainless steel clip on sunglasses. Personalised engraving included as standard:

    ZEISS Optical Lenses (single vision)
    1 x Stainless steel clip on
    1 x Personalised Name/Text + no: 0-100
    1 x Handmade hemp box
    1 x Microfibre pouch
    1 x Recycled hemp keyring
    1 x Handmade hemp comp slip

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    Pledge £175 or more About $217

    2 x Sunglasses [Early Bird Price]

    Choose any 2 pairs of sunglasses frames from our range. Pair up with a friend and take advantage of early bird pricing and save on shipping! Included with reward:

    ZEISS Sunglass Lenses on both frames
    2 x Handmade hemp boxes
    2 x Microfibre pouches
    2 x Recycled hemp keyrings
    2 x Handmade hemp comp slips

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    Pledge £180 or more About $224

    Sunglasses BUNDLE

    Receive multiple rewards with 'early bird' discount and save on shipping costs! Your bundle includes:

    1 x Sunglasses with ZEISS lenses + personalised engraving (reward 6)
    1 x Unique Hemp Phone Case (reward 1)
    1 x Hemp roll top bag (reward 3)

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    Pledge £230 or more About $286

    Optical BUNDLE

    Receive multiple rewards with discount and save on shipping costs! Your bundle includes:

    1 x Optical frame with ZEISS lenses (reward 8) with personalised engraving
    1 x Unique Hemp Phone Case (reward 1)
    1 x Hemp roll top bag (reward 3)

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    Pledge £235 or more About $292

    Optical + Sunglasses

    Receive both versions of our eyewear: 1 x Optical frame and 1 x Sunglasses frame with the Early Bird price! This reward includes:

    1 x Optical frame with ZEISS lenses (reward 8) with personalised engraving

    1 x Sunglasses Frame with ZEISS sunglass lenses (Reward 5)

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    Pledge £380 or more About $472

    5 x Sunglasses Styles

    Receive 5 pair of sunglasses. Your choice of any style, mix and match to suit you.

    Perfect for retailers or groups of friends / colleagues!

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    Pledge £665 or more About $826

    Retailer Pack

    5 x sunglasses, hemp bags and phone cases. With this reward you receive:

    -5 x Sunglasses units (any style combination)
    -5 x Hemp Roll Top Bags
    -5 x Hemp Phone Cases

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    Pledge £700 or more About $870

    10 x Sunglasses Styles

    Receive 10 pairs of sunglasses.Your choice of any style, mix and match to suit you. All the hemp packaging is included in every unit.

    Perfect for retailers or groups of friends / colleagues!

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    Pledge £1,200 or more About $1,491

    Tailormade

    Design your very own pair of hemps with this bespoke reward. Work with our team on the design and customise it any way you want. A great bespoke gift for family / team members/ business gift. Receive 8 frames of your own design including:

    - 8 frames of your own eyewear design
    - Optics or Sunglasses - ZEISS Lenses
    - Personalised engraving on all frames
    - 8 Handmade hemp boxes
    - 8 Micro fibre Pouches
    - 20 keyrings with personalised engraving
    - 20 Handmade hemp paper comp slips with your own design

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Funding period

- (31 days)