Warby Parker Announces One Million Pairs of Glasses Donated Via ‘Buy a Pair, Give a Pair’ Program

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NEW YORK—Last week, eyewear e-tailer and brick-and-mortar retailer Warby Parker announced the distribution of one million pairs of glasses to people in need through its “buy a pair, give a pair” program since the company’s start in 2010.

The announcement stated, “For each pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker distributes a pair to someone in need. This month, we hit a milestone of one million pairs that our customers have put in the hands of people worldwide.” Included in the announcement is a video in which co-founders and co-CEOs Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa address their customers and describe the company’s donation process.

“When you buy a pair of Warby Parker glasses, we make a donation to one of our nonprofit partners who in turn buy a pair of glasses, distribute it to entrepreneurs they’ve trained, who in turn sell it in their communities,” Blumenthal explained. The company’s primary partner, VisionSpring, is a non-profit organization (where Blumenthal previously served as director) which trains low income men and women in developing countries to perform basic eye exams and distribute glasses at affordable prices, Warby Parker said.

According to the company, to date, 18,000 men and women have been trained to administer eye exams and sell eyewear in 36 countries due to Warby Parker’s “buy a pair, give a pair” program. The company also said that administering glasses in these communities has increased adults’ productivity by 35 percent and their monthly income by 20 percent, yielding an economic impact of over $200 million.

To learn more, visit WarbyParker.com/One-Million or view the video here.