Imagine that you are sight-impaired. Now imagine that you couldn’t afford glasses, contacts, or any kind of visual services. How much more difficult would the simplest tasks be? Would you even be able to enjoy your life?
Introducing 141 Eyewear, the latest company to use the “You Buy One, We Give One” philanthropic policy (see our post on TOMS Shoes for more info!). Co-founders and power couple Kyle Yamaguchi and Shu-Chu Wu began their mission in Taiwan, where Shu-Chu works as an optician; in 2009, they donated over 200 pairs of eyeglasses to families hit hard by Typhoon Morakot, the deadliest typhoon to hit the country in history.
According to the World Health Organization, 153 million people–and 13 million children–require corrective lenses but cannot afford proper vision services. This often results in little or no interest in education (since sight-impaired children cannot see the blackboard) and loss of job opportunities, which contributes to the massive poverty problems we face worldwide.
When you buy a pair of 141 eyeglasses, the company donates one pair to a child in need. Their “One Four One” policy means that with just a simple purchase, you have made an immediate change to the life of another human being—and since 141 only uses the highest-quality materials for their eyewear, you know you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck!