sunglasses made from hemp and flax fibre composite by sam whitten sunglasses made from hemp and flax fibre composite by sam whitten
jul 16, 2014

sunglasses made from hemp and flax fibre composite by sam whitten

sunglasses made from hemp fibre composite by sam whitten
all images courtesy sam whitten




sam whitten has designed and manufactured ‘hemp eyewear’, sunglasses made from a hemp fibre composite. ‘research into hemp and its possible applications led to the discovery of hemp and flax fibre composite sheet material which are impregnated with an eco friendly binder,’ said whitten. the composite sheets require compression moulding under heat to form and cure the material which is normally done with machines. once the layers in the frame and legs are assembled, the sunglasses are then coated with an eco friendly bio resin to add extra waterproof and strength properties. to pre-order a pair, see here.

hemp material: start to finish

hemp logo detail

hemp glasses



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  • Hemp can make so many different products, some sources say 25,000 others say 15,000, whatever the number is its a lot. More importantly these products are produced in a sustainable way, which leaves a significant less carbon foot print on Mother Nature. Make Hemp part of your every day.

    Hemp Helps says:

    LeAnn Craddock says:
  • So sad cotton & chemical industry lobbyists destroyed the hemp industry after it literally help build the USA in the early days:

    “…But the laws of supply and demand were effectively thrown out the window starting in the 1930’s when the market wrecking pogrom that is Reefer Madness was unleashed on an unsuspecting populace. Hemp’s association with marijuana undoubtedly caused reluctance in farmers to grow it, while the bureaucratic red tape surrounding the enforcement of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 effectively regulated the hemp industry out of existence, destroying a huge money market in the process!…”

    Taken from:

    Roy Schuchmann says:
  • Definitely need to get a pair of these.!! Perhaps marketing such beautiful products others will see the effectiveness of the growing hemp and the national effort that is slowly (but at least happening) across the US. I would definitely purchase a pair!

    Deborah WIlliams says:
  • Johnny Depp would look absolutely fabulous in those hemp/flax sunglasses, they are soooo close to what he wears now.

    Joe Hogue says:
  • What are the lenses made from? Thanks. Good to see another hemp based product. Sky is the limit!


    SamFox says:

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