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Original, natural, sustainable sunglasses made from hemp plant fibre. We are raising funds to upscale production of our sunglasses!
Original, natural, sustainable sunglasses made from hemp plant fibre. We are raising funds to upscale production of our sunglasses!
Original, natural, sustainable sunglasses made from hemp plant fibre. We are raising funds to upscale production of our sunglasses!
281 backers pledged £37,367 to help bring this project to life.

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You can secure your pair of hemp sunglasses through the Pledge options on the right hand side  -->

We are offering a special kickstarter price for the sunglasses:

Hemp Eyewear normal retail price -   £120

Hemp Eyewear Kickstarter price -      £70

NOTE: This offer is only available during kickstarter - Hemp Eyewear will will resume normal selling price (£120) after our campaign has finished so pledge for your hemps now! (further discount on orders of 5x, 10x)

Information about the product & rewards, story, hemp/vision and where your funding is helping us, can be viewed by scrolling down the page.

Check out the Project Timeline at the bottom of the page to view our project plan and estimated delivery date!

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The Product

Hemp eyewear sunglasses are made from a hemp composite material consisting of hemp & flax fibres. The frames are formed from the material through a compression moulding process and the result is a strong, lightweight, sustainable pair of sunglasses. All the materials used within the product (including packaging) are sustainable and eco-friendly which is of upmost importance to the brand.

Product Details

  • All sunglasses are made by hand in the UK
  • The sunglasses are coated in an eco friendly resin which adds extra waterproof and strength properties.
  • We use polarised lenses (colour - brown). They are made from bio material, our lenses are some of the most eco-friendly on the market.
  • Spring hinges are used in the frames. They are made from high nickel which gives them excellent resistance to corrosive conditions.
  • Our sunglasses are unisex size
  • Every pair has a unique aesthetic as the plant fibres form different structures in the material.  
  • Every pair of hemp eyewear comes with a handmade hemp box and a hemp drawstring bag for the sunglasses. Pledge for 2 or more sunglasses and they will come with a hemp keyring made from the manufacturing waste material (lens blank).
  • Hemp eyewear is recyclable & biodegradable (don't worry they wont disappear if you leave them outside overnight) 
Hemp Keyring (will have laser etched logo and thank you message)
Hemp Keyring (will have laser etched logo and thank you message)
Crosby - frame dimensions
Crosby - frame dimensions

Rewards/Pledges

  • £2: We genuinely really appreciate all the support 
  • £5: Added to our mailing list & receive project updates 
  • £10: Hemp Keyring (made from hemp waste material)
  • £70: One Pair of 'hemps' + hemp bag + handmade hemp box
  • £140: Two Pairs of 'hemps' + two hemp bags + two handmade hemp boxes + two hemp keyrings
  • £325: Five Pairs of 'hemps' + five hemp bags + five handmade boxes + five hemp keyrings
  • £600: Ten pairs of 'hemps' + ten hemp bags + ten handmade boxes + ten hemp keyrings

Note: RRP - £120

We would appreciate it if you could order as soon as possible so we can give our manufacturer an idea of quantity - Thank you!

The Story...

The idea for hemp sunglasses started when I was researching renewable raw materials for my final year (BA Hons Product Design) project and discovered hemp to be one of the most sustainable and useful materials on the planet.

By looking at the applications hemp could be used for, I discovered that there was no hemp sunglasses on the market, so decided to design and manufacture my own.

The initial prototypes were manufactured in the university workshop by hand. This workshop closed down as the course terminated after the final semester, leaving me without a workspace to develop the prototypes further.

I moved back home to the Scottish Borders and continued the development of the idea in my garage/makeshift workshop. This is where I started producing some of the first wearable and finished sunglasses.

Makeshift garage workshop
Makeshift garage workshop
Drying frames
Drying frames
Final prototype
Final prototype

The prototypes have been tested with friends throughout the summer (May - August)

Prototype testing - swimming in the Scottish Borders
Prototype testing - swimming in the Scottish Borders
Prototype testing - desert conditions (Qatar)
Prototype testing - desert conditions (Qatar)

In June I started working with fellow student Bradley Smith (BA Hons Graphic Design) who developed the branding of hemp eyewear as well as taking care of the graphic design for the project.

We started working towards an exhibition date which began at the beginning of July in London. Bradley designed the hemp eyewear website, set up the Facebook and twitter page and took product photo's of the sunglasses in time for the design show.

Hemp eyewear featured in New Designers 2014 exhibition at the Business Design Centre in London where the sunglasses were exhibited to a large audience for the first time. 

The response for the hemp sunglasses was extremely encouraging and they featured in top 5 favourite products of New Designers 2014 on the cool hunting website: http://www.coolhunting.com/design/londons-new-designers-2014-part-2.php

New Designers exhibition stand (hemp business cards and order slips)
New Designers exhibition stand (hemp business cards and order slips)
New Designers exhibition
New Designers exhibition

After the New Designers exhibition, hemp eyewear has received a lot of interest and support from around the world. 

We know now there is demand for our product. The next stage is to raise funds and expand from the garage workshop by upscaling our production method. 

We have talked extensively with our manufacturing company and are now ready to start large scale production!

We need your backing to achieve our goal of £25,000! This will pay for start up manufacturing and material costs (see cost breakdown below).

If we do not reach our goal then we will not receive any of the money we raise. Pledge what you can and share with your friends to raise awareness for our campaign! 

Thank you!

The Vision...

Hemp is a plant which has been used for thousands of years and can be used for everything from fuel for cars, textiles for clothes and paper, natural healthcare products and now sustainable eyewear.

This super-crop can help in solving issues such as depletion of fossil fuels, deforestation and the use of unsustainable materials within products.

Everyone has seen plastic sunglasses and even wooden sunglasses, but we have created truly unique, sustainable, hemp sunglasses.

Hemp is obviously a more sustainable material than plastic and is even more sustainable than wood. Hemp can be grown and harvested every year, where as a tree will generally take 15 to 20 years to grow until they can be used for sustainable manufacture. Deforestation is an important issue and hemp can help reduce this problem.

Hemp eyewear believe that hemp should be used in not just sunglasses but in all areas of industry as it is such a diverse and beneficial plant.

Our vision is to begin by producing hemp sunglasses, then expanding our product range to create hemp based products for consumers, as an alternative/solution to less sustainable materials. 

Hemp is the material of the future. Be part of it!

Your Funding

We will use your funding to pay for the tooling cost for the moulds (which is one of our most expensive start up costs), also to pay for the materials and manufacture of the glasses. 

We are working closely with our manufacturing company to fulfil the demand we have received for hemp eyewear. 

Delivery Date - May/June 2015

The estimated delivery date is between May/June 2015.

Depending on where you live the delivery time may vary between May and June.

We will keep all backers updated on the progress of the project from manufacture to packaging and distribution by sending weekly/monthly emails.

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Risks and challenges

While we do not foresee any major problems, there is always a possibility of small delays and setbacks for start ups, however, we have given ourselves a large enough timeframe to account for any potential set backs etc.

This is the first time hemp sunglasses have been manufactured and may bring up some obstacles. To combat this we are working with a very experienced manufacturing company who have been in the Industry for over 30 years! Again with the timeframe we have set for the project this should not be a major problem.

We will notify all backers of our progress with regular updates about the project.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.79

    We appreciate every pledge no matter the amount. If you like what we are trying to do please donate and share with your friends. Thank you!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    You will be put on our mailing list and receive updates and photos as the project progresses!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $14

    You receive a hemp keyring with laser etched 'hemp' logo and thank you message!

    Our Keyring is made from the reused material of the sunglasses (lens blank).

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    Pledge £70 or more About $98

    1 x HEMP SUNGLASSES crosby frame

    1 x Hemp drawstring pouch for sunglasses
    1 x Handmade hemp box

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    Pledge £140 or more About $195

    2 x HEMP SUNGLASSES crosby frame

    2 x Hemp keyrings
    2 x Hemp drawstring pouch for sunglasses
    2 x Handmade hemp boxes

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    Pledge £325 or more About $453

    5 x HEMP SUNGLASSES crosby frame

    5 x Hemp keyrings
    5 x Hemp drawstring bag for sunglasses
    5 x Handmade hemp boxes for sunglasses

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    Pledge £600 or more About $837

    10 x HEMP SUNGLASSES crosby frame

    10 x Hemp keyrings
    10 x Hemp drawstring bag for sunglasses
    10 x Handmade hemp boxes

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Funding period

- (59 days)