Local Supply’s brilliant Blue Light Blockers

by James Wilkinson

Local Supply continues to innovate in the eyewear industry with the introduction of ‘Blue Light Blockers’ to their latest collection of plant-based eyewear frames.

This new range is fitted with colourless, non-prescription lenses that can be worn all-day every day.

Natural blue light from the sun helps keep us awake and regulate our sleep cycles – but overexposure to artificial blue light from our digital devices, LED screens and electronic lights has harmful effects.

It’s no secret that our screen time has increased as a result of the pandemic – and research shows that around 6 in 10 adults experience symptoms of digital eye strain after using devices for more than 2 hours.

These symptoms include headaches, blurry vision and dry eyes which can be offset by wearing Local Supply’s Blue Light Blockers.

Blue light has a high energy frequency that can also increase alertness and delay the body’s release of melatonin, which helps induce sleep. Recent studies have shown that overexposure to blue light from digital screens causes an imbalance in our circadian rhythm causing a disruption to our bodies natural sleep patterns.

Another recent study conducted by the Harvard Business Review, found that blue light filtering glasses improved both sleep and work outcomes. Overall, employees were recorded to be ‘8% more engaged, 17% higher in helping behaviour, 12% lower in negative work behaviour, and 8% higher in task performance’.

The collection of Blue Light Blockers is available in up to 22 frames and colourways and are made with the brands signature plant-based resin.

The resin is derived from castor bean plants grown in semi-arid areas, not competing with food crops for land. Once the plants are harvested the resin is produced in a facility that’s powered by biofuels.

By using this plant-based alternative, Local Supply’s carbon emissions are reduced by an impressive 50% when compared with the crude-oil based plastics used in other eyewear frames.

To produce each frame, Local Supply use a custom injection moulding process. The process makes ten more frames per kg of raw material than that of traditional acetate production. This allows for more efficient and waste free production.

The Blue Light Blockers are available from AU$95 to AU$$110.