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bow • r32

recycled polycarbonate

r32 is a pre-consumer recycled polycarbonate for eyewear. Polycarbonate is used in products that largely end up in landfill. As PC does not biodegrade, they slowly leach toxic chemicals into the environment. Recycling moves the material from becoming waste into being useful again, illustrating responsible consumption and production.

 

composition & production

Polycarbonate is one of the most commonly used petrol based injection plastics in eyewear. The process of injecting the plastic into moulds generates a significant amount of waste, and r32 uses this waste to re-introduce it back into the supply chain at the maximum value.

 

Polycarbonate is a petro-chemical based, transparent amorphous thermoplastic. With high impact resistance, it is durable, heat resistant and has excellent transparency properties. As the virgin material deteriorates over multiple injection processes, waste is usually sold on for lower-end, single use plastic products, that too swiftly end up in landfill.

 

r32 preserves material within our production cycle, allowing it to re-enter the supply chain at the highest possible value to consumers. 

benefits

Heat Resistant 

Can be fully recyclable if left in original finish

Uses post-consumer waste

Minimal wastage throughout the process

Material durability means longer product life and less material ending up in landfill

 

to note:

Recycling limited to 1-2 times as material progressively becomes more brittle.  

Some finishes will render r32 unrecyclable post use

Resin ID code 7 – some municipalities will recycle this material, other do not.

 

 

certifications

Global Recycled Standard Certified by the IDFL

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