SPECS EYECARE FEATURES OCEAN PLASTIC EYEWEAR IN SUPPORT OF HAITI
Local optometrists to be FIRST in Rhode Island to carry charity frame line
Middletown/Tiverton, RI-Specs Eyecare is proud to announce the practice is now featuring a line of Norton Point sunglasses made from recovered ocean plastics. The plastic is sourced in Haiti, where local workers are paid a living wage for the material they collect, providing needed income to local communities.
“We are very excited to be the first to bring these incredibly unique sunglasses to the state of Rhode Island. As members of Vision Source, a national alliance of premier, independent optometrists, we are supporting the development of the only optometry school in Haiti. These frames help to provide the funding for the necessary eye care needs of the greatly under-served Haitian population. Both my husband & I have been to Haiti to give charity eye care. We have seen their great need and poverty first-hand,” said Dr. Kathy Rispoli of Specs Eyecare.
“In addition, these frames help bring awareness to one of the greatest threats facing our oceans. Plastic.” said Dr. Al Rispoli of Specs Eyecare. “Saltwater fishing, sailing and boating are an integral part of the Ocean State’s culture. We need and want to do our part to keep our oceans clean.”
Norton Point spent close to a year and a half developing the philanthropic sunglasses and launched the collection in June 2016 on World Oceans’ Day. As a company, Norton Point is committed to reducing ocean plastics with their pledge to clean up at least 1 pound of ocean plastic for every product sold. They will also be investing 5% of their net profits into education, research and development for further functional uses of ocean plastics.
In addition to their pledge, Norton Point and Specs Eyecare will also be donating part of the profits from each pair sold to OptometryGivingSight, a world-wide charity program that gives eye care globally, including building the Haitian optometry school.
“We are thrilled to be involved with Specs Eyecare,” said Rob Ianelli, CEO of Norton Point. “Drs. Kathy & Al have been extremely supportive of our mission and work in Haiti. At Norton Point, we are working to prove the value in ocean plastics and Specs Eyecare is helping us do that.”
Norton Point Ocean Plastic sunglasses are available exclusively at both Specs Eyecare locations in Tiverton & Middletown, RI. For more information, visit them online at www.visionsource-specseyecare.com.
Norton Point is an eyewear brand based on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. We have developed
the first line of eyewear made from recovered high-density-polyethylene (HDPE) ocean plastics. As a
company, our mission is to create a value chain for the reuse of ocean plastic by selling fashionable,
high-quality eyewear. In keeping with our mission, Norton Point reinvests 5% of net profits back into
improving and removes 1 pound of ocean plastic for every product sold.
Specs Eyecare is the private optometric practice of Drs. Alessi & Katherine Rispoli, with offices in
Middletown and Tiverton, RI. Since 1989, Drs. Al & Kathy Rispoli, Diplomates in the American Board
of Optometry and members of Vision Source, an alliance of premier, independent optometrists, have
been a leading provider of optometric services and vision care products in their communities.
Our Mission: We are fully committed to maintain eye health and maximize vision by providing
personalized, high quality eyecare and eyewear.
Norton Point Contact: Ryan Schoenike