Thank You

Thank you for buying the beta version of the first-ever recycled sunglasses made from packets of chips. These shades were made ethically and sustainably in February & March 2023 in Pune, India. This is our first batch ever, so thank you for being an early adopter. We obviously still have a long way to go.

Here’s why they are the most sustainable sunglasses you’ll ever own, both environmentally and socially.

It’s The Worst Kind Of Plastic Waste

Not just packets of chips, but we recycle all kinds of post-consumer “impossible-to-recycle” multi-layered plastic packaging (MLP) – think chocolate wrappers, milk packets, essentially any flexible packaging.

Globally, 0% of this is recycled and it makes up 80% of all leakages into the ocean. It’s contains 3-5 different types of materials, is voluminous and inconsistent, and it all just ends up in landfills and oceans. It’s the worst. But we’ve found a way, and you’ve now helped out.

Here Are The Former Waste-Pickers / Informal Workers Who Helped Make Your Sunglasses


    Jayshri is the first informal worker we employed at Ashaya. Her monthly income has increased 3x after she started working here. She also has a salaried working bank account now.

    Her husband ran away many years ago, and she now supports her daughter who’s in school, and her mother.

    At Ashaya, she helps with shredding, washing and early processing of waste.

  • RANI

    Rani, a single mother of three, began working at Ashaya in October 2022, before which she was an independent waste picker. After joining Ashaya, her hourly wage has increased by 2.25x and she now gets more time with her kids in the morning.

    She is the sole earning member of the family after her husband’s death in 2016.

    At Ashaya, she’s also helps with shredding, washing and early processing of waste, along with polishing and post processing of our products.

  • sandya

    Sandya joined us in January 2023. After joining us, her monthly income has increased by 2.4x.

    In the afternoons, she continues working as a waste collector, but times are tough as the big corporate company she picks up waste from is threatening to replace her and her colleagues with a different waste collection company.

    At Ashaya, she’s helps with polishing and post processing of our products, and keeps our micro-manufacturing-unit habitable.

  • pranjali

    Pranjali is a daughter of two waste-pickers who both passed away when she was younger. She’s finished grade 12 and wants to study more, but currently needs the money so she can help take care of her two other siblings.

    At Ashaya, she’s helps with polishing and post processing of our products, and keeps our micro-manufacturing-unit habitable.

  • rohan

    Rohan had been unemployed for over 7 months before he joined us. And now, he makes 1.8x more per hour than he used to before. He and his brother help support a household of 7.

    At Ashaya, he helps with the extrusion process and with setting up the patented chemical reaction which helps us process packets of chips.

They all have part-time contracts here at Ashaya, just like all our other part-time folks. We just add an appendix that contains a Hindi translation. Most of them can’t really read, but their kids can. They don’t have email addresses, so we give them printed copies of their monthly payslips. And this is just the beginning of our social impact, we still have a long way to go.

Your Waste Was Sourced From The Kashtachi Kamai Scrapshop In The Nana Peth Area In Pimpri, Pune, India

  • Your Waste Was Sourced From The Kashtachi Kamai Scrapshop In The Nana Peth Area In Pimpri, Pune, India

    There are about 12-14 ladies who collectively own this scrap shop. They are a part of the waste picker collectives KKPKP & SWaCH Cooperative where the ladies owning the scrap shop decide how profits get spent. They elect their leaders and look out for each other. They collect their waste both from the streets and from larger corporations.

    They collect MLP or packets of chips just for us, because no one else buys it from them. We, on the other hand, pay them a premium for it.

10% Of Our Sales Go Towards The
Education Of Children Of Waste Pickers

We are working with KKPKP & SWaCH Cooperative to ensure that 10% of our sales go towards keeping the children of waste-pickers in school.

Specifically, they have a sponsorship program to encourage children to stay in school, by rewarding students that complete the academic year. The eligibility for sponsorships is usually determined by the source of funds – for example, one specifically supports orphaned children, one supports girls, or simply merit based, etc.

The Sponsorship Amounts per student are as follows:
  • 1st – 7th: Rs 3,000
  • 8th – 10th: Rs 5,000
  • 11th and 12th: Rs, 7,000

And To Go The Extra Mile, We:

  • Use sustainable and plastic-free packaging.
  • Neutralise the carbon footprint of our delivery with
  • Do end-of-life recycling for you. If the products you buy from us break, we will have them picked up from you and we’ll recycle them in-house. Just contact us using the information in the footer, and we’ll start the process.

So, When You Wear These Products, You’re Not Just Wearing Stuff, You’re Wearing Change. Wear Them Without Any Worries, As We Build A World Without Waste.