One for one eyewear initiative means more than just giving glasses, the goal is to help to give sight to people in need all around the world in whatever way possible. 15% of the world’s population is unable to effectively learn or work because they can’t see clearly and wanted to make a difference. The ultimate goal of these five one for one companies is to build a self-sustaining companies that have the ability to give back perpetually.
TOMS Eyewear – Fulfilling a Fundamental Need
Since 2006, the company has been devoted to helping the global community by providing much needed footwear to children in need. A few years ago, upon seeing the impact his efforts had, Mycoskie began considering the addition of one for one eyewear as well. In June 2011 TOMS launched a new eyewear line, designed and developed by John Whitledge, founder and creative director of TROVATA clothing. Now with every one pair of glasses you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to someone in need.
Warby Parker – Eyewear with a Purpose
Warby Parker was founded with the objective to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at an affordable price. Its four founders wanted to provide a stylish alternative to the overpriced and boring eyewear available today. More importantly, they were concerned about the fact that 15% of the world’s population is unable to effectively learn or work because they can’t see clearly and wanted to make a difference. That’s why they introduced their “Buy one Pair, Give one Pair” concept. Through this one for one eyewear initiative, the company is helping people to share the gift of vision with those in need.
Proof Eyewear – Look Good, Do Good
Proof Eyewear produces high quality, hand-made sustainable wood eyewear. As a company, they also focus a great deal of their efforts and resources to working with organizations that are doing their part to make a difference in the world. Not only do they provide much needed funding for sight-giving surgeries, but they also provide eye protection to those who have recently undergone such surgery. Their “1 for 1” sunglass model is versatile, folds up for easy storage and transport and is both stylish and affordable. As part of Proof’s buy one give one initiative, they pledge to send a pair of “1 for 1” glasses to a recent surgery recipient in India for every pair purchased.
141 Eyewear – You Buy, They Give
Founded in 2009 by Kyle Yamaguchi and Shu-Chu Wu, 141 Eyewear is working towards its mission of making a difference to those in critical need of prescription eyewear around the globe. They believe that something as simple as one pair of glasses has the power to change a person’s life and open up a whole new world of possibilities. The foundation of 141 is simple: for every one pair of 141 Eyewear purchased, they give a new pair of prescription glasses to a person in need.
4sight Sunglasses – The Power of One
4sight Sunglasses was founded in an effort to assist the estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide that currently live without the glasses they need. Founder Ben Midanek established the company after his travels to South America and East Africa revealed the overwhelming need for sufficient corrective eyewear. 4sight operates on the basic foundation of making a difference in the life of one person at a time. Their buy one give one policy is a simple yet highly effective concept because it makes the experience much more personal and tangible for those who want to help but don’t know how.