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OUR STORY

Following 15 years of experience in the eyewear industry EYETRIBE was launched in 2008 by Designer and Director, Bec Bennett. EYETRIBE launched with kids’ eyewear brands Squids (aquatic) and Frankie Ray (fashion) collections which established themselves quickly in the marketplace and continue to thrive both domestically and internationally.

Despite a personal promise not to enter into the crowded and competitive adult eyewear market, Bec could not resist trialling some new designs with sustainable materials such as bamboo, reclaimed wood and cork that offered a more responsible approach to eyewear design.

What began with some prototypes for friends and family, soon became a more substantial collection and late in 2013, Sticks & Sparrow landed! Sticks & Sparrow is committed to utilising sustainable materials that not only minimise wastage but also provide new applications for nature`s underutilised renewable resources. Sticks & Sparrow eyewear has a strong connection to nature with a distinctly Australian tone.

Hand crafted frames and temples are made from globally sourced sustainable materials that are carefully treated with tints, stains and polishes to bring out their natural beauty and raw appeal. Plant based acetate fronts are teamed up with bamboo temples for structural strength and an extra depth of colour and contrast.

All Sticks & Sparrow frames are packaged in individual microfiber pouches and protective pressed cork hard cases with a beautiful gold fleck. Sticks & Sparrow`s lightweight, high strength frames are fitted with 100% UV protective, scratch resistant lenses to protect against nature`s harsh elements, ticking all the boxes for women with an eye for style and an environmental conscience.

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WHY CORK?

Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree, and for thousands of years, the cultivation of cork oak trees has proven to be one of our planet’s most sustainable and environmentally responsible types of farming.

Harvesting the cork doesn`t harm the tree itself, because only the bark is extracted. The harvesting process actually enhances the health and life cycle of the forests which support high levels of biodiversity and foster a great diversity of plants and endangered species. Its growth reduces up to two times the amount of CO2 compared to other trees.

Cork is reusable, fire and water resistant, insulating and biodegradable. In summary, it is a pretty amazing natural resource!

The cork used in the Sticks & Sparrow collection is sourced from some of the largest cork forests in Portugal. The cork is stripped and treated and then hand wrapped around the temples which provide the frames with flexibility, a beautiful texture and incredible light weight comfort.

This process is labour intensive and extremely intricate, but the results are worth it!

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WHY BAMBOO?

Bamboo is the fastest growing grass on earth. It can grow up to one metre per day in tropical climates and holds the promise of a sustainable, ecologically responsible alternative to widespread clearcutting of hardwood trees.

After harvesting, bamboo does not require replanting, its extensive root system continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself & making it one of the most renewable resources on earth.

In addition to its natural beauty, bamboo is intrinsically light in weight, is stronger than steel and can also tolerate extreme conditions. All of which make it ideally suited to eyewear frame construction.

The bamboo used in Sticks & Sparrow`s hand crafted bamboo temples is sourced from China, where the world`s largest bamboo reservoir is located.