Solo Eyewear: Helping the World See One Pair of Sunglasses at a Time


Nearly 80 percent of the world’s blindness is preventable, according to Solo. Half of those cases are due to cataracts, which can be treated for as little as $15 and as briefly as five minutes. To make good on its promise, Solo has partnered with Restoring Vision, Aravind Hospital, and LV Prasad Eye Institute in India to provide blindness and cataract surgeries for people who can’t afford them. “We watched patients enter operating rooms completely blind in one eye and less than 10 minutes later they leave with their vision restored,” Dana Holliday, who founded the company with Craig Stern and Jenny Amaraneni, tells Ecouterre. “It was an amazing experience—and the fact that these patients received this care for free is outstanding!”

The sunnies are a fusion of plastic and bamboo, the latter of which is fast-growing, pliable, and strong.

But its altruistic mission isn’t the only thing going for the eyewear firm. The sunnies are a fusion of plastic and bamboo, the latter of which is fast-growing, pliable, and strong, not to mention beautiful. “We’ve been working hard for the past eight months to ensure that our glasses are of the highest quality materials,” Holliday says. “We went through two generations of Solos to get to our newest version!”

Solo is set to debut this summer, but Kickstarter members can preorder a pair of its classic bamboo style for $40, or $15 off its retail price. Better hurry, though. Only 200 pairs are available at the discounted rate. Want to get your mitts on Solo’s upcoming metal-and-bamboo version? Pledge $50 or more and they’re yours for the taking.

+ Solo Eyewear

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