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Notes | May 20, 2021

Rolf Spectacles – European Green Award

In April, Rolf received the European Green Award Gold Trophy  for their glasses made out of beans. 

words Editorial Staff

Rolf has won the European Green Award for their glasses made out of beans, produced locally and in an environmentally friendly way in the Tyrolean valley of Lechtal. “Sustainability has been an important topic for us for over ten years, and we’ve worked with natural local resources and handcrafting techniques from the very beginning. With the glasses made out of beans, we’ve gone one step further with the concept of sustainability – and successfully so, which we’re incredibly proud of after such a turbulent year” comments CEO Bernhard Wolf.

Moreover, thanks to 3D printing and the patented Flexlock hinge, the glasses don’t have any screws and are therefore long-lasting and low-maintenance. As the basis for the 23 frame designs in the new substance collection, the Tyrolean glasses manufacturers use beans from a species of the Euphorbiaceae family, which are combined with the award-winning Rolf Flexlock hinge, that can easily be printed at the same time as the frame using 3D printing technology. The result is a pair of high-performance, screwless, and plant-based glasses.