Rooted out of Los Angeles, California, the inspiration behind BreakWater goes back many years to when Miguel (the founder) went boogie boarding and body surfing with some friends on a rainy Santa Monica, California day. On his way into the ocean he noticed plastic bottles and bags in the water and along the shoreline. Regardless, he jumped in the water and went about catching some sweet waves. However, nothing ruins a good ride like a plastic bag in the face! He was 11 then and that moment has stayed with him. Shortly after that memorable day he signed up to volunteer for Heal the Bay. He spent many weekends cleaning up the beach instead of playing video games with his friends. During that time, he learned about how plastic pollution was killing marine life and negatively impacting our oceans. He was inspired by Heal the Bay’s plans to implement storm drain filters and anti-litter campaigns. Many years later, Miguel wound up at Humboldt State University – one of the most environmentally friendly college communities in America. He walked into a town of "tree huggers" and learned in greater detail about the negative impacts of single use plastics. One of the most tangible memories he has about this time is traveling back and forth between Los Angeles and Humboldt County is noticing the stark difference in air quality between the two counties. This is something, if you live in Los Angeles long enough, you become numb to. When you go to a place like Humboldt and breathe the fresh air for the first time, it becomes clear that pollution is real, even if you're numb to it. With that in mind, plastic pollution is on pace to outweigh fish in the sea by 2050! For these reasons BreakWater Shades exists, eco-friendly sunglasses to empower folks on the road to sustainable living.