Shopping and helping others at the same time is easy with smart companies like the designer eyewear brand Warby Parker. They make affordable glasses—plus for each pair you buy, they donate a pair to needy people across the world through their Buy a Pair/Give a Pair Program.
Eyeglasses are empowering—they help kids learn better in school and they offer a way to increase income and improve productivity for adults. Warby Parker has distributed over 85,000 pairs of glasses to people who would not otherwise have access to glasses.
Environmentally conscious Warby Parker is one of the few eye wear companies that is also carbon-neutral. They have mapped out all of their greenhouse gas emissions from frame production —to— shipping —to— warehousing —to— office work and have purchased carbon offsets accordingly.
Facts about glasses via Warby Parker
Almost one billion people don't have access to glasses.
That means 15% of the world’s population is unable to effectively learn or work because they can’t see clearly.
Glasses can increase productivity by 20%.
That’s the equivalent of creating an extra day’s work each week. Glasses are one of the most effective poverty alleviation tools in the world.
Watch a short video about the program Buy a Pair/Give a Pair program here.
Image by Chris Olson. Photographs and video via Warby Parker.