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Bamboo Sunglasses from Eyewear Africa

Bamboo Grows fast!

January 2013

A new non-profit-making company, Eyewear Africa has launched a range of bamboo sunglasses in the UK.

The Bambooka sunglass range.

Bambooka sunglasses are handmade of bamboo, a completely natural, light yet strong material with a charm all of their own.

The main individual behind Bambooka, Baz van Cranenburgh, is a marketing researcher by profession and previously spent many years working as Strategic Research Director for Bausch and Lomb. He knows the importance of rigorously testing products:  “We've spent a long time researching and developing Bambooka, from conducting research groups in the UK to trialling and successfully selling the product in a chain of opticians in Spain. We know that these sunglasses appeal to a wide demographic and that there is a very powerful feel-good factor amongst people who buy them. People feel satisfied when creating social value in the things they do and the products they buy. We’re confident that we have a great quality product that is truly different from what’s out there”.

Eyewear Africa is run by non-salaried Volunteers with all proceeds going to support the rural community of Amasame in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Last year Eyewear Africa supported the start of a bamboo plantation at Amasame in conjunction with a food security project.

All Bambooka frames are fitted with CR39 lenses of category 3 darkness, suitable for the most common use.  3 key designs are on offer, Sahara, Zambezi and Unbuntu. Some are available in both natural bamboo colour and dark brown. The Sahara design is available in a large and small size.

You can read about this and about the charity which they support at and on the Bambooka website

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