It’s been almost a year since Ochis Coffee launched its first eyewear collection, reached its Kickstarter goal and began full-scale production. Now, it’s time for 2019 fashion updates with a brand new line of sunglasses made from organic coffee grounds.
Inhabitat reported on this Ukrainian optical company last year. A brief overview: Max Gavrilenko, the mastermind behind Ochis Coffee, found a way to compress organic coffee grounds into a compound he calls “coffee cake,” which is then turned into sunglasses.
“My father owned an optical store and workshop, where I studied glasses from my very childhood,” Gavrilenko said. “From this, I saw a lot of glasses and wanted to create really eco-friendly, comfortable and universal glasses that each person can adjust to themselves.”
The company’s 2018 Kickstarter campaign was so successful that Ochis Coffee is using the fundraising site again this year. For 2019, it is introducing two new frame shapes and two new lenses, both of which provide UV and HEV protection or polarization + UV filter.
The lenses are made from recycled cotton. Then, the team adds a UV filter to protect the eyes and a hydrophobic coating to repel water and dirt. If you use Ochis Coffee glasses while looking at your computer, the anti-reflective coating and blue light-blocking features add further eye protection.
Perhaps the most enticing part of these innovative sunglasses is that they actually smell like a freshly brewed cup of Joe. The new styles are attractive, too, with a modern Wayfarer shape as well as a trendy, rounded option.
Instead of eventually winding up in a landfill, Ochis Coffee glasses will one day fertilize a garden. They take about 10 years to break down; compared to plastic glasses, this is impressively quick — about 100 times faster, according to the company.
Prices for the new styles will start at $79. Ochis Coffee aims to raise $15,000 to fund the new eyewear line in this Kickstarter round, which will begin late August 2019.
Photography by Yaroslav Boychenko and Akim Karpach via Ochis Coffee