When our founders Scott & Julia started this company, one of the primary questions they asked was, "why are ALL kids sunglasses made in China!?" We were not going to pursue this unless we could find a reliable US or European manufacturer. Luckily, after about 2 years of searching, we landed on a independent, family owned Italian sunglasses manufacturer with a background in toy manufacturing. When we told them we wanted flexible, child-safe, ultra-light, virtually unbreakable frames, but they could not have any toxins, including: BPA, lead, latex, phthalate, cadmium, etc etc, they understood why we demanded that and how to make it happen. Luckily, they were able to custom blend a perfect formula for us that is what we have used ever since. As far as we know, we are still the only kids sunglasses and kids prescription frames line made in Italy - every single one of our competitors we know of are made in China (yes, Babiators too, despite the big American flag on their packaging!).
What materials are in ro•sham•bo shades?
While we cannot divulge the exact composition of our material as it is a trade secret and something competitors would certainly want to try to copy, we can tell you our eco-friendly sunglasses have been fully tested and certified against all types of common toxins, as well as small parts tested for little hands and mouths. Certificates of product stewardship and UV lens testing are always available on our website.
We also believe in removing all unnecessary paint in our product as it just winds up in little mouths! We injection dye all of our colors (that is why you will not see designs or tortoise shell pattern on our frames - just color blocks). This process locks in all the color into the material so it cannot leach out. We also build our logos into our molds, so our name does not have to be painted on. Our logo is laser etched on our lenses instead of painted as well. In fact, the only paint on our product is the required "Made in Italy" stamp and product name.
Carbon Neutral E-Commerce Store & USA Assembled
Beyond the product safety standards we demand, we also are proud to let you know that as of January 1, 2020 we are now certified as a carbon neutral e-commerce store, offsetting all of our e-commerce shipping on our website (which is the large majority of our sales). We are certified by CarbonFund.org if you want to check them out. We also just launched new retail packaging that is entirely plastic free and made in the USA (as is our online packaging). We also do our own product assembly in house here in San Diego, California, custom building each pair of sunglasses to order depending on the type of lens requested (standard polarized, or one of 5 mirrored lens colors) - so we are very proud to say our eco-friendly sunglasses are made in Italy and assembled in the USA.
Supporting Autism Charity with Every Sale
Finally, as you saw on our website, we also provide a portion of all sales to autism charity through our partner, Surfers Healing. You can learn about what they do atsurfershealing.org(we are a featured corporate partner on their website as well). Our name actually derives from our connection to autism charity: special education teachers tell us "roshambo" (aka rock paper scissor) is a great teaching tool for kids that need a little quiet, visually stimulating attention. Our founder, Scott, grew up with a cousin on the spectrum, so this cause will always be a pillar of our business.