Opti Munich: Boxing clever

Opti was held on January 13-15 at the Trade Fair Center Messe in Munich and, once again, there was an Opti Boxes area set aside for innovative new eyewear labels. Mike Hale reports on the companies making a splash

5Loops is the joint venture of twin sisters Caroline and Andrea Vega. Originally from Germany, but having grown up in Peru, both sisters have lived in many different countries across the world and observed the negative impact human activity has on the natural environment. In response to this, 5Loops aims to pair minimisation of waste creation during production with a commitment to recycling.

The company was making its trade show debut at Opti and launched with three ophthalmic designs in seven colours.

‘The frames are named after Peruvian beaches,’ said Caroline Vega. ‘The first one is Punta Hermosa, which is targeted more for women. Then we have Tortugas, which is targeted at women and teenagers, and completing the set is Caballeros, which leans towards a more masculine shape. They are all classical shapes that allow people to express themselves through choice of colour.’

The frames are constructed out of BioAcetate S70, a 62% bio-based material from Wingham that is non-toxic, free from harmful phthalates, and bio-degradable according to ISO 14855. The company also undertakes to receive used 5Loops frames for refurbishment and distribution to social projects in Peru.

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