SEA2SEE ACHIEVES CARBON NEGATIVE STATUS
by Sea2see RD on Oct 20, 2022
The "seastainable" eyewear company continues its pioneering action in the field of sustainability and announces carbon negative certification
Sea2see announces its official certification as a carbon negative company, a major milestone in its carbon ambition and sustainable commitment. By eliminating twice its carbon footprint through a partnership with DCycle, experts in life cycle analysis and sustainable transformation strategies, Sea2see has proven that the process of taking sustainable action to dramatically curb emissions and ultimately remove its carbon footprint altogether - twice over - is not just a pipe dream.
"We compensated our already low footprint by supporting and investing in renewable energy projects coordinated and certified by the UN," explains François van den Abeele, Founder & CEO, Sea2see Eyewear."Our investment and purchase of carbon credit has allowed us to become carbon negative. Specifically, we are supporting Mexico’s renewable energy ambition by harnessing wind energy to power 700,000 households. In addition to delivering emission reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits including educational projects and initiatives for reforestation."
The report on Sea2see by DCycle, which awards the "seastainable" pioneers carbon negative certification, highlights the low environmental impact of Sea2see's glasses and sunglasses. The low impact of the company goes through 2 major points. Firstly, through the avoidance of manufacturing and processing new raw materials such as cellulose acetate and nylon. And secondly, through the use of manufacturing processes which are energy-efficient and translate to low CO2 emission and consumption of fossil fuels. It concludes that Sea2see "seastainable" sunglasses - made from recycled marine waste - are 61% less contaminating than Virgin Nylon 6 sunglasses, while the Sea2see optical frames are 86% less contaminating than Cellulose Acetate, and 79% less than TR90 Grilamid frames.
Since 2015, Sea2see's objective has been to create a global consciousness regarding the issues of ocean plastic contamination while pioneering the use of marine plastic as a great source of raw material in the optical industry. Sea2see has also pioneered the installation of a highly successful 'seastainable' supply chain by working with coastal communities in developing countries. Their objective has always been to clean the marine environment by collecting plastic waste. This is now possible while also providing the collectors with an additional source of income. The marine plastic is then sorted and recycled to produce 100% of their frames in Italy and watches in Switzerland.
Dcycle aligns with the UN 2030 Agenda and the new climate change legislation. By analysing the carbon footprint generated directly and indirectly by a company and assessing their impact, they can implement direct action. This action can be made through investment in sustainable activities, and so, dramatically reduce their carbon footprint.