Optician Awards: Inspiring change

François van den Abeele tells Andrew McClean about Sea2See’s Positano 02 being named Frame of the Year at the 2020 Optician Awards

Since 2016, Sea2See has been trying to encourage thinking about the environment by improving sustainability in the optical industry.

François van den Abeele founded Sea2See with a passion for the ocean and in recognition of the need for ecological friendly materials, with a conservation-minded use of resources that would reduce pollutants.

Discarded marine plastic, such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles, is salvaged and taken to one of 150 containers at 27 Spanish ports before being upcycled into a reusable raw material.

This material is then moulded and coloured into Sea2See eyewear, which is distributed in the UK by Henry Beaumont Eyewear, such as the Optician Award winning Positano 02 model, pictured below.

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