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Why & What is Acetate or Cellulose Acetate?

Why / What's Cellulose Acetate?

In simple terms, Acetate or cellulose acetate is a type of material that is made from natural sources like wood pulp or cotton fibers. It is used to make higher quality eyewear frames. Cellulose acetate frames have several benefits, such as being lightweight, durable, and hypoallergenic.
In the early 20th century, Cellulose Acetate was developed as an alternative to ivory for manufacturing buttons, combs, and other items. It offered a more sustainable and human option compared to the use of animal ivory or horn.
They come in a wide range of colors and patterns, and the material can be easily shaped and adjusted for a comfortable fit. Additionally, cellulose acetate is more environmentally friendly compared to other plastic materials.

Did you know - Original lego bricks were also made from Cellulose Acetate.

 

Here are some reasons why we use only high quality cellulose acetate:

1. Lightweight: Cellulose acetate is a lightweight material, making it comfortable to wear for extended periods. It doesn't exert unnecessary pressure on the nose or ears, reducing the likelihood of discomfort.

2. Durable: Eyewear frames made from cellulose acetate are known for their durability. They can withstand everyday wear and tear, making them a reliable choice for long-lasting eyewear.

3. Hypoallergenic: Cellulose acetate is hypoallergenic, meaning it is less likely to cause allergic reactions or skin irritations. This is particularly important for individuals with sensitive skin or allergies.

4. Versatile Design Options: Cellulose acetate can be easily molded into various shapes and designs, allowing for a wide range of frame styles. It offers flexibility in terms of frame thickness, color, pattern, and texture, providing greater options for customization.

5. Vibrant Colors and Patterns: Cellulose acetate is known for its excellent color retention properties. It can be dyed in a wide array of vibrant colors, and the color stays vivid for a long time. Additionally, cellulose acetate can also be laminated with different patterns or textures, enabling eyewear designers to create unique and aesthetically pleasing frames.

6. Heat Adjustable: One significant advantage of cellulose acetate is its heat-adjustable nature. Opticians can easily modify cellulose acetate frames to achieve a more precise fit by applying heat to specific areas and bending them to suit an individual's face shape.

7. Sustainablity and Environmental Considerations: Cellulose acetate is derived from plant-based materials, typically wood pulp or cotton fibers. As a result, it is considered a more sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastics commonly used for eyewear frames. This appeals to our consumers who prioritize sustainable environmental friendly products.

8. Recycling Potential: Cellulose acetate has good recycling potential. It can be melted down and reprocessed to create new cellulose acetate products, reducing waste and promoting a circular economy.


We match our high quality Acetate with corrosion resistant titanium temple inserts and corrosion resistant electrolpated brass hinges and rivets to create Highest Quality eyewear.
Everything top quality for YOU, someone that Rejects Mediocrity; Embraces Excellence.

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