Waterhaul's Italian made Crantock frames contain 0% virgin plastics, 100% recycled fishing nets that were collected from European waters through end-of-life amnesty schemes and beach and dive based ghost net recoveries. The Crantock frame is made from green polypropylene trawl nets – the most abundant form of net we find on UK beaches. The frames feature five barrel hinges for maximum durability. These frames are covered by Waterhaul's ‘Recycle and Replace’ lifetime guarantee – damaged frames components can go back into the plastic recycling loop to create new pairs. Frames come in a dark grey matte, and being 100% recycled, each pair has unique, subtle flecked patterns which allude to their origin. The laser logo’s reveal the green pigment from the original fishing nets.
Polarised Mineral Glass
The Crantock frames are paired with extremely high quality, polarised, grey-green tint glass lenses. Whilst most of Waterhaul’s customers come for the recycled frames, the glass lenses are what sets the experience of wearing Waterhaul sunglasses truly apart and keeps customers for life. We stand by glass for three key reasons;
– Optical glass is the clearest lens-medium through which we can observe the world – no other lens material matches it’s optical clarity. The optical performance of a lens can be measured by it’s ‘Abbe Value’ – the degree to which light is dispersed when entering a lens. Mineral glass has an Abbe Value of 59, the highest of any optical lens material. Standard plastic lenses, like polycarbonate, have an value of 32. This clarity ensures the clearest possible perception of details, colours and contrasts.
– Exceptional scratch-resistance. The ‘Mohs hardness scale’ is a measure of the resistance of a material to scratching, expressed on a 1 – 10 scale (10 being diamond). Scratches can only occur from contact with materials with a higher Mohs value. Mineral glass has a Mohs value of 6.0. In comparison, conventional plastic lens materials such as CR39 and polycarbonate have Mohs values ranging from 3.0 – 3.2.
– Sustainability. Glass is a natural material that can be infinitely recycled in any glass-recycling collection.
Waterhaul’s Italian made glass lenses offer full spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The lenses are fully polarised, eliminating glare from reflective surfaces of water, snow and wet roads.