Eco-couvette ICEBERG, lenses in lenses
Following research into lens waste conducted at the University of Palermo, designers Federica Ditta and Cristiano Pesca turned their attention to the various potential uses for this waste.
They looked at both rejected lenses that failed to pass quality testing and excess material left over after shaping the lenses.
After a lens has been cut into shape, the excess material, which has the appearance of fluffy, white shavings (both for sunglass lenses and corrective lenses), is mixed with water, placed into large containers and sent to a waste-treatment plant. Because this waste cannot be used in other ways, it is combined with cements and other compounds and used primarily for road paving.
So how can this material be reused in a manner that maintains its original characteristics?
Federica and Cristiano worked with Divel to design and create our exclusive lens sample cases!
These sample cases are used by our sales staff to present our products to our customers.
The two designers worked on molds that could contain both lens fragments and the white shavings left over after the lens-cutting process.
The result was our eco-friendly Iceberg sample cases!
There are now two types of these sample cases. The first is made from photochromic lenses immersed in a resin, which is then shaped into a tray for our sample lenses. The unique characteristic of this sample case is that it changes color (darkens) when exposed to sunlight.
This tray is then enclosed in a cardboard box lined with a natural, beige-colored fabric.
The second type of eco-friendly sample case is made from lens scrapings that are thermoformed in an rPET mold into the tray structure that is then placed in the cardboard and fabric box.
Prototypes of these sample cases will be used by our staff at MIDO 2020 to present our new collections.