Sustainable Material Information

All injection plastics are traded as pellets, made from virgin material, recycled material, bio-matter in a variety of combinations. Sunshades are working diligently to achieve supply chain transparency where possible.

RECYCLED PMMA

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Key Feature: Recycled

Other names: RA30 | rPMMA | recycled acrylic | re-crylic

Applications: Injection frames | demo lens

Brands Available: Le Sustain, Le Specs Blue Light, The Book Club, Cancer Council

Premium recycled acrylic material made from 70% recycled PMMA, and 30% stabilized PMMA. Carefully selected for its gloss finish and recycled properties, this material is certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).

RECYCLED PET

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Key Feature: Recycled

Other names: Recycled PET | rPET | recycled water bottles

Applications: Injection frames

Brands available: Le Sustain, The Book Club 

Recycled material made from 30% recycled optical grade PET certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), combined with 70% stabilized PET. Featuring a gloss finish and smooth touch, this material will not warp and does not contain bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS).

RECYCLED POLYCARBONATE

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Key Feature: Recycled

Other names rPC | recycled PC

Applications Injection frames

Brands available: Aire, Cancer Council

As PC is one of the hardiest plastics available, with high impact resistance the recycled form retains these properties well. On a consumer level the difference between the virgin and recycled PC would likely be unnoticeable.
Global Recycle Standard (GRS) Certified.

BIO-ACETATE

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Key Feature: Low Impact & Biodegradable

Other names M49 | Mazzucchelli bio-acetate | eco-acetate

Applications Premium handmade acetate frames

Brands available: Oroton, Karen Walker, Le Specs (Optical & RX Suns)

Produced by respected acetate manufacturers the features of bio acetate focus on removing chemical plasticisers from acetate sheets for 100% biodegradability. Bio acetate testing shows that it in controlled composting conditions it breaks down in 115 days, faster than standard EN12432 (2000) stipulates; biodegradation within 180 days.

TRUEGRASSES

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Key Feature: Recycled & Bio-Based

Other Names: Le Sustain | meadow grass | Bio-plastic

Applications: Injection frames

Brands available: Le Sustain

An innovative new bio-plastic, Truegrass combines sustainably sourced meadow grass (30%) supplied and verified by BioWert, Germany and post-consumer recycled polypropylene (70%) into a composite material known as Agriplast. 
Global Recycle Standard (GRS) Certified.

RICE STRAW

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Key Feature: Recycled & Bio-Based

Other names: Truegrass | Straw | Bio-plastic

Applications: Injection product

Brands available: Le Sustain, The Book Club

Sourcing from key rice growing regions of China and Taiwan, innovative bio-plastic producer Truegrasses have harnessed the properties of this agricultural waste product for its biomass potential. A by-product normally burned on site after grain is harvested, rice straw is transformed to make up 35% of this new material combined with 65% post-consumer recycled polypropylene (PP). An organic, flecked look and tactile matte finish propels this bioplastic to the frontline of sustainable plastic alternatives.

Global Recycle Standard (GRS) Certified.

BPA-FREE

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Key Feature: Recyclable

Other names TRITAN™ | TBC material | co-polyester | recyclable

Applications Injection frames

Brands available: Le Sustain, The Book Club, Indescratchables

This plastic became freely available around the time The Book Club was founded. It is BPA-free, flexible, lightweight, uses less energy in production compared to PC and can be recycled at level 7 (other) easily when the material is dyed rather than painted.

BIO-PLASTIC G830

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Key Feature: Bio-Based

Other names  Rilsan | RENEW | Castor Oil 

Applications Injection made frames

Brands available: Indescratchables

Bio-plastics are either fully or partially made from renewable resources, phasing out the use of non-renewable virgin petroleum in plastic manufacturing. Rilsan derives between 45% and 65% of their ingredients from castor bean oil, depending on the grade of pellet used.

COFFEE GROUNDS

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Key Feature: Recycled & Bio-Based

Other names  Bio-plastic | Consumer Waste

Applications Injection frames

Brands available: Le Sustain

Using a by-product of the coffee industry, this innovative material is made from 30% coffee grounds combined with 70% post-consumer recycled polypropylene (PP). Featuring an organic, flecked look and tactile matte finish, this material will not warp and does not contain bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS). 
Global Recycle Standard (GRS) Certified.

BIO-PLASTIC T110P

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Key Feature: Bio Plant Content

Other names  Renewable | Bio-Based 

Applications Injection frames

Brands available: Le Specs

Bio-plastics are either fully or partially made from renewable resources, phasing out the use of non-renewable virgin petroleum in plastic manufacturing. Ecozen is made from 10% plant-derived biomass components.