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Company Turns Flint, Mich., Water Bottles into Eyeglasses

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The eyeglasses, which come in classic black and crystal fog, are designed to fit everyone.

Recognizing the issue of single-use plastic water bottles piling up in Flint, Mich., two former college students used their creativity to come up with a fun waste reduction solution: eyeglasses made from recycled plastic.

The company, Genusee, is focusing on reducing plastic waste, using 15 water bottles to create each pair of glasses. The glasses come in classic black and crystal fog, a multiuse canister case and a polish bag, which is sewn in Flint at a center that provides women with training.

ABC News has more information:

Two former college students are hoping their glasses idea not only takes off but jump-starts a new vision for the city of Flint, Michigan.

In 2016, Ali Rose VanOverBeke, a Detroit-area native, was back home, volunteering with the Red Cross in Flint, where a water crisis has affected residents for nearly four years.

VanOverBeke told ABC News that while home, she'd noticed bags of empty water bottles, all thrown out and piling up outside of houses.

Read the full story here.

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