Earlier in 2019, biodiversity experts at the United Nations released a harrowing statistic: One million plant and animal species face imminent extinction. The report resonated with Lisa Schiff, founder of One All Every, an initiative that commissions creative projects to spread awareness about cleaner, more sustainable ways of living. Prior collaborations include billboards by Ryan McGinley and Donald Moffett, furniture by Porky Hefer, and neon works by Andrea Bowers and Tomás Sánchez. One All Every’s latest endeavor, which debuted at DesignMiami/ Basel in June, is tackling an entirely new medium.
The project, called See a Clean Future, challenges the fashion industry’s rampant wastefulness through a limited-edition line of sunglasses designed with RVS Eyewear and artist Ugo Rondinone. Each element of their construction, from eco-friendly materials and tinted lenses to quotes emblazoned on the frames, has been highly considered. Transparent unisex frames feel classic, with lens options corresponding to the four elements and their respective environmental heroes: Sylvia Earle (water), Jane Goodall (earth), Wangari Maathai (air), and E. O. Wilson (fire). Each luminary offers words of wisdom inscribed on the frames and lens cloths. “We wanted to work with early pioneers of the movement,” says Vidal Erkohen, founder of RVS Eyewear. “They’ve been fighting for years and have inspired a new generation of environmentalists.”