"Dharma" is Sanskrit for responsibility, duty, or "the path". So what is our Dharma?
We value humans, our planet, and profits equally. To that end, every aspect of our company is evaluated with our Dharma in mind. We aim to make our customers happy, and to inspire them to create positive change within and around themselves. We aspire to create a happy workplace for our employees, and to create jobs full of meaning and purpose. We use sustainable materials when possible, and we are always looking to innovate further than where most of the eyewear industry is willing to go. We only use suppliers that have been audited by a third party to ensure safe working conditions and fair labor practices. Finally, we strive to make a positive impact with every purchase that you make.
Vision Beyond Sight
Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error. Simply, the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
We think companies should act like good people. To that end, for each purchase, we donate 5% of each sale to global vision aid non-profit Optometry Giving Sight. They help transform lives by providing eyeglasses and eye exams to those who can't afford it in countries around the world. In short, they're helping people who don't have the luxury of perfect sight.
Sight is the most treasured of our five senses. We see the world and its myriad of colors and shapes through the windows of our eyes. We learn with them. We laugh with them. We communicate with them. We provide for our families with them. We see our loved ones with them. Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity.
More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to the eye examination and glasses they need. Your purchases allow Optometry Giving Sight to fund the solution by supporting programs that:
Train – local eye care professionals
Establish – vision centers for sustainability to
Deliver – eye care and low cost glasses
Want to learn more about this non-profit and the amazing work that they do? Go to Optometry Giving Sight's website.
With every frame purchase, you're encouraged to send your old frames back to us, which we will then donate to our charity partners.
A child in Peru is fitted with a new pair of glasses while he reads a children's book. Photo: VOSH International
In December 2015, we donated 10,000 frames to VOSH International, a global non-profit that seeks to bring vision to every person on the planet. They took these frames on a mission trip to Nepal, whose people and infrastructure were recently devastated by an earthquake. They set up vision centers, where locals were tested for eye disease and refractive error and were given a pair of glasses so they could resume their normal lives.
In a world where unsustainability is the norm, we're trying to push the boundaries.
For our Buddha collection, we only used wood that was harvested from sustainably managed forests, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Acetate blocks ready to be cut into temples.
Our lens suppliers take any leftover materials and sell them to other industries, so they can be used to create new products. Similarly, leftover acetate from our frame manufacturers is melted down and then reused to create new frames. Lastly, our metal frames are coated using an ion-plating method, a process that doesn't create runoff into the environment. These resource-efficiency practices are both economical and environmentally friendly.
We have a responsibility to make sure that our products come from factories that have high standards of labor.
Factory workers quality-checking frames that are at the end of the production line.
Some of the things third-party auditors check factories for are safe working conditions, adequate social insurance, overtime pay, record-keeping, and age-verification, among others. The factories are checked again periodically to ensure that they're keeping up with these standards. We can rest easy at night knowing our products are made by people who are well taken care of and compensated well.
We believe both upstream (our suppliers and their suppliers) and downstream sustainability (what happens to our glasses after you're done using them?) are important. If more and more companies pay attention to these, the world can definitely be a better place.
We strive to be a 'positively deviant' company - one that strives for excellence in all things. Transparency is one of our key values, and if you spot something that we need to improve on, that can only be good for everyone. If you have any questions about any of this, please reach out to us.