Every year 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are lost or discarded in the ocean.
Samples of plastic waste accumulating in our oceanic gyres reveal 46% of this plastic, by weight, is attributable to fishing gear.
In a phenomenon known as ‘ghost fishing’, the entangled carcasses of trapped marine life will attract more species, resulting in further potential entanglements. As these discarded nets are produced from plastic, they will not degrade, persisting in the ocean to catch and kill marine life indefinitely.
The 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.
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. 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.
Harlyn frames are paired 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 lenses are fully polarised, eliminating glare from reflective surfaces of water, reflective surfaces and wet roads.
Each pair includes a free magnetic fold-flat hard case made from sustainable cork.