SOLO Eyewear

Changing the world, one pair at a time

Who They Are

"To live and to give” is the motto that SOLO eyewear lives by. Visually impaired founder, Jenny Amaraneni, was inspired by Paul Polak’s novel, Out of Poverty, where she discovered the massive amounts of people who don’t have access to eyecare. Amaraneni recruited her friend and colleague, Dana Holliday, and together they launched SOLO eyewear. Today, the company has helped over 13,000 people across 32 countries by giving ten percent of SOLO’s profits to the cause. By empowering others with the gift of eyesight, their efforts are compounded across the nations they affect. The name SOLO sprung from the idea that all it takes is one idea, one person, and one action to change the world.

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Why We Like Them

SOLO’s vision is based on giving eyesight to those around the world without access to it. 80% of blindness is preventable, and SOLO has taken it upon themselves to address this issue. Through their partnerships with Aravind Eye Care System and Restoring Vision, they have been able to donate 10% of their profits to reach those who need eye-care. By funding eye exams, surgeries, and eyeglasses for these communities, they’ve been able to reach over 13,000 people in need.

The company also plays close attention to the working conditions of their employees, and values ethical employment. Using an American based audit system, they make sure that their workers are treated in safe and healthy environments. SOLO’s sunglass accessories, such as their cases and cords, are sourced from female artisans in Guatemala. Through a fair working wage, these women are then empowered to make a difference in their families and communities.

From vendors at the beach to retail stores and beyond, environmentally degrading plastic plagues the eyewear industry. SOLO is striving to change this pattern by using sustainable materials in their eyewear. They utilize bamboo in its natural state, reshaping it into legs and frames for their glasses. When they need plastic, the plastic they use is recycled, in order to avoid extracting unnecessary resources.

From their give-back, to their ethical employment, to their use of earth-friendly products, SOLO is a well-rounded sustainably focused company. Their efforts are changing the lives of their workers and those who they serve, and we love their passion for addressing the eyesight challenge on our planet.

  • Empowers Women
    Empowers Women
  • Charitable
  • Safe & Fair Labor
    Safe and Fair Labor
  • Upcycled Bamboo
    Upcycled Bamboo
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic

This company promotes the empowerment of women by providing safe employment opportunities and working conditions, promoting community programs and gender equality, or donating time or funds towards women’s education and empowerment opportunities.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

Bamboo is a fast growing, renewable, and durable resource. Scraps can be salvaged from the production of bamboo items like furniture, and are used to create new products. Using upcycled bamboo prevents waste from entering the landfill, and reduces the amount of energy and resources used to create new products.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

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