Ace by Zeal
Who : Zeal
What : Ace Sunglasses
Where : Your local Zeal dealer
When : Currently instock
Why : M-49 Frames, Polarized Ellume lenses
How : Produced from 100% USA-Grown Cotton! Zeal is proudly the most sustainable sunglass company in the world and M49 is the next step in the commitment to living, creating, and being greener. They partnered with the renowned Mazzucchelli family to build a sunglass that is both ecological and fashionable. After harvesting the cotton from farms all across America, they ship it to Mazzucchelli for processing. Cotton linters (very small fibers around the seeds of the cotton plant) are purified into a pulp and then into a resin that can be used for injection molding. Years of research went into the development of specific injection machinery and flow specifications or creating sunglasses with this material and it is exclusive to ZEAL. During its lifetime, M49 is similar to any other sunglass material, and only begins to biodegrade when disposed of. M49 will biodegrade in low oxygen (anaerobic) environments as the result of microbial reactions with the material that are significantly less effective in open and oxygenated conditions. E-llume is the world’s first lens using a plant-based bonding agent, replacing petroleum-based materials. With optimum clarity, this lens is proof that environmental initiatives are not a deterrent to an incredible optical experience. In conjunction with our Z-Resin frames, ZEAL is leading the way towards completely removing crude oil from sunglass production. E-llume lenses don’t skimp on protection or prevention either, with complete protection from UVA, B and C as well as HEV light.
Personal Thoughts : What more can I say! This technology is mind blowing! These things fit like a glove as well. Can’t say it enough, global warming means no snowboarding!