Dharma Eyewear creates eclectic, high-quality, ethically-crafted products that uphold the company's Dharma - their duty to make a positive impact on both the eyewear industry and society. Like Tote, Dharma hopes to inspire customers to explore new perspectives, live more sustainably, and to care for their environment. Because of the strong belief in the product, Dharma also offers a life-time warranty, because good products should not be thrown away. Dharma believes companies have a special responsibility to treat both our fellow human beings and our planet with deep care and respect - it's their "dharma". They use sustainable materials whenever possible, and strive to constantly innovate further than the rest of the eyewear industry in order to protect the Earth. Dharma only partner with suppliers that have been audited to ensure safe working conditions and fair labour practices. By keeping these responsibilities front and centre, they help you make a positive impact with every purchase from Dharma & Tote Company. Dharma's lens suppliers sell all of their leftover materials to other industries so they can be recycled and used to create new products.
Similarly, leftover acetate from their frame manufacturers is melted down and reused to produce new glasses. Their metal frames are coated using an ion-plating method, which - unlike most other production processes - doesn't pump runoff into the environment. Most recently, for their Buddha collection, they exclusively used wood that was harvested from sustainably managed forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. They strive to make all of their practices this resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly - keeping their prices fair and protecting Mother Earth. Third-party auditors check Dharma factories to ensure that they provide safe working conditions, adequate social insurance, overtime pay, full record-keeping, and age-verification - among other requirements.
Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error. In other words, they provide access to those in need of the basic but crucial service of an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Dharma donates a percentage of every Dharma sale to Optometry Giving Sight because they believe in helping others - and so do you. Every purchase you make on Tote transforms lives by providing necessary vision aid to the 600 million people who can't afford it, in countries all around the world.
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