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Eyewear News: First for Hastings Optician

Rhodri Luff Wilson Wilson Hancock wearing Bambooka Sunglasses smHastings Opticians First in England to Support South African Bamboo Project

Hastings residents will be the first in England to have access to a revolutionary design of sunglasses that supports people from South Africa.

Bambooka sunglasses are made by real people, not machines or robots, from fast growing bamboo. Bamboo is natural, light and strong – an ideal combination – and the project has been created by a non-profit company with a mission to help people in Africa set up sustainable businesses. The sunglasses are currently only available at Wilson, Wilson and Hancock Opticians.

Did you know? Because they are made from natural bamboo, Bambooka sunglasses will float!

Baz van Cranenburgh from Bambooka says, “Bamboo is a wonder crop because of its ability to enhance the environment whilst providing a valuable multi-use product for the rural area. When responsibly farmed it conserves water, sequesters up to three times more carbon dioxide of typical forest crops, improves the soil structure and improves the quality of the air that we breathe. From food to firewood and construction to spectacle frames bamboo harvests provide many opportunities for sustainable income generation. People love Bambooka sunglasses because by using a natural material each one is unique. This ‘flawsomeness’ adds to their appeal .”

Rodhri Luff (pictured wearing Bambooka) at Wilson, Wilson and Hancock says, “It is great to be working with Bambooka to support this innovative project. We hope that the people of Hastings really get behind this initiative – the response we’ve had so far has been great. Do visit us to try on the sunglasses.”

Bambooka sunglasses come in three designs, and one design can be fitted with prescription lenses if you need. They cost from £45 and are available exclusively from Wilson, Wilson, Hancock, 12-14 Cambridge Road, Hastings. Pop in, give the practice a call on 421717 or see to discover more about the sunglasses. Find out about the charitable work their sale funds at


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About Wilson, Wilson and Hancock

Wilson, Wilson and Hancock is an independent optician. Its Hastings practice is one of the largest in the county, with two directors, four additional qualified optometrists, five qualified dispensing opticians and support staff. The group also has practices in Tenterden, Rye and Lewes. Wilson, Wilson and Hancock was founded in 1949 by F. E. Wilson. It offers a thorough examination for every patient to monitor the health of the eyes and to determine the exact nature of the patient’s visual needs.