Last year, FLYTE partnered with Anacostia High School. Anacostia teacher Katherine Avila explained, "most students’ personal goals are limited to a range of about five years ... as a result of their circumstances. For many of my students, traveling abroad alongside their peers and teachers is somewhat of an unreachable dream.”

Last year, FLYTE partnered with Anacostia High School. Anacostia teacher Katherine Avila explained, "most students’ personal goals are limited to a range of about five years ... as a result of their circumstances. For many of my students, traveling abroad alongside their peers and teachers is somewhat of an unreachable dream.”

 
FLYTE sent 12 students from the International Club at Anacostia High School to Cuba, where they learned about agriculture at an organic farm, studied Cuban art, and took salsa dancing classes.

FLYTE sent 12 students from the International Club at Anacostia High School to Cuba, where they learned about agriculture at an organic farm, studied Cuban art, and took salsa dancing classes.

Mission

Volterre believes that travel inspires purpose, self-discovery, and compassion towards those around us by exposing us to new cultures, histories, and experiences. We believe travel encourages us to dream, and shows us that these dreams can be realized. 

After hearing of the November 2015 attacks on Paris, one of which was just meters away from Metro Voltaire where the brand was originally conceived, we felt more inclined than ever to promote global awareness and understanding.  

In an effort to make the enlightening gift of travel more accessible, Volterre donates 3% of the purchase price of every pair of sunglasses to FLYTE, the Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education.  As Volterre grows, our goal is to increase this donation to 5% by 2018 and to 7% by 2019 to maximize the impact we can make on deserving students' academic experiences.

ABOUT FLYTE

FLYTE provides funding, teacher support, and itinerary planning for educational trips designed to promote cross-cultural understanding, develop students’ interpersonal skills, provide context to classroom studies, and reassert students’ sense of global awareness. These trips range from studying ecology in Costa Rica, language in Spain, or even seeing D-Day beaches firsthand. Every cent of FLYTE donations go toward educational trips, as overhead costs are generously covered by FLYTE's founder, travel blogger Nomadic Matt.

Learn more about FLYTE at www.takeflyte.org.

TRANSPARENCY

We traveled to South China and visited countless factories to ensure we'd find the right partner to work with. We've seen the conditions in which they were made ourselves and verified that they're up to ethical standards: Spacious, hygienic, well-lit and well-ventilated working conditions, absolutely no child labor, no underpay, with workers being fully insured and properly protected.

The stainless steel material we use for our frames is fully recyclable, with hypoallergenic plating. However, this plating is not 100% nickel-free - we're working on that! The small pieces of acetate we use are produced partially by cotton, which is also fully recyclable, but in order to achieve some of the colors we've used, they are not 100% biodegradable. 

As a female-run business with a global focus, we strive to achieve that our products are made in the best way possible. You can send your valued feedback to customercare@volterre.co