These sunglasses untangle marine life


No one likes to see abandoned fishing nets littering the ocean. But maybe you would like to wear them on your face.

The new generation of Untangled collection from Costa Sunglasses — built from discarded fishing nets. The latest frames also feature recycled aluminum emblems and recyclable mineral glass lenses.

Costa has teamed up with Bureo, a Supported by Patagonia company that collects used fishing nets, sorts, crushes and melts them, then ships the leftover pebbles to factories for recycling into new nylon products.

Of all the plastic waste in the ocean, dropped fishing gear poses the greatest threat to marine life due to the risk of entrapment, according to Ocean conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group in Washington, DC

It’s easy for anglers to throw old gear overboard when they’re done with it. Operating in Chile, Argentina and Peru, Bureo encourages fishermen in these regions to return their old nets in exchange for a commission.

Costa’s Untangled collection includes several performance and lifestyle options with polarized lenses to improve visibility on the water. Primarily designed for fishing and water sports, Costa sunglasses are also suitable for mountain biking, hiking, lounging in a hammock and all kinds of outdoor activities.

The recycled mesh material has a unique graphite-y texture. The frames look almost 3D printed, but not so disjointed. They are exceptionally light and have a pleasant surface grain. It is a good alternative to the ultra-smooth plastics in most other sunglasses.

The build quality is premium. And the price too. The Untangled collection starts at $ 199. But they’re sure to last a long time if you take care of them and don’t accidentally drop them from your Boston Whaler while out in the Atlantic. The fish would also prefer you to avoid this.


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