Harlyn Sunglasses

Overview

Our Harlyn model is made from 100% recycled Cornish gill nets and paired with polarised bio-lenses, offering complete sustainability, optical performance and ultimate UVA/UVB 400 protection. The translucent turquoise hue that resembles the pristine Cornish coastal waters is derived entirely from the original monofilament netting and contains no additional pigments. The mid-sized frame suits a broad range of faces, both male and female.

 

Recycled frames

Our Italian made Harlyn frames contain 0% virgin plastics, 100% recycled end-of-life fishing nets from small scale Cornish fishing fleets. These nets would have otherwise been considered a waste problem destined for landfill or incineration. The turquoise 'seaglass' colouration of the Harlyn frame is entirely derived from the original netting and has no additional pigments or dyes. The frames feature five barrel hinges for maximum durability. Our frames are covered by our 'Recycle and Replace' lifetime guarantee - damaged frames components can go back into the plastic recycling loop to create new pairs. Every frame is unique, with a matte finish. Minor imperfections, such as a grain of sand, are occasionally embedded within the plastic - alluding to its origin and in our opinion, adding character.

 

Bio-Polarised Optics

We’ve paired our Harlyn frames with lightweight cellulose-based plastic polarised lenses, offering a performance balance option with 75% reduced lens weight and superior impact resistance. The smoke-tint lenses feature anti-reflection inner coatings and full spectrum UV400 protection.

All of our lenses are fully polarised, eliminating glare from reflective surfaces of water, reflective surfaces and wet roads.

 

Packaging

Our product and packaging supply chain is free from single-use plastic - we've audited the full length of our supply chain and you'll receive your new pair in hassle and harm free recycled wood-pulp packaging.

Each pair includes a free magnetic fold-flat hard case made from sustainable cork.

 

Intercepted from oceans, Redesigned for adventure.

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About the brand

Waterhaul is a social enterprise based in Newquay, Cornwall.

They utilise the strongest form of plastic in our oceans to produce exceptionally sustainable, recycled eyewear. Eyewear that meets the technical demands of adventure, ocean-exposure and UV protection, but also act as ‘symbols of change’ for our oceans.  Waterhaul sunglasses frames are guaranteed to last you a lifetime, because they are made from nets that would last decades in the ocean. 

Waterhaul' sunglasses are made in Northern Italy by experienced craftspeople. They work closely with a family run business to implement circular principles and sustainable practice at all stages of the supply chain - including recycling all of their waste / reject material and conducting a single-use plastics audit to eliminate all usage. Their lenses, which are made of glass instead of non-recyclable plastics, are also produced in an Italian facility.

The family ensures the facility is meeting the EU's high environmental and ethical workplace standards. The rest of the assembly takes place in Cornwall with their small team by the sea at their Newquay HQ. The prescription lenses are fulfilled just four miles away by a family run manufacturing opticians, Quincey Eyewear. 

Purchasing Waterhaul products enable them to remove and recycled more plastic from the ocean environment and prevent plastics from ending up in this environment. Recycling plastics is very carbon-efficient, with the recycled polymer having around 15% of the CO2 footprint of virgin polymers. However, despite using best-practice at all stages of the production process, there are inevitable costs associated with process, with the largest being transportation. To address this, we use carbon offset land-based transport methods for every movement of our material to final product.