Tardy's commitment is to offer sustainable eyewear, handmade in France in eco-responsible materials. Details on our acetate: The M49 from Mazzucchelli.
Founded in 1849, Mazzucchelli is one of the last company to manufacture its acetate in Italy. Its factory in Castiglione Olona in Lombardy employs 400 people and supplies European eyewear in luxury acetate.
Initially specialized in the manufacture of bone and horn objects, it gradually turned to the exclusive production of cellulose acetate. The process is quite complex, and it takes up to 60 days to manufacture the acetate plates which will then be used to make our frames.
This precision combined with the know-how of its craftsmen makes Mazzucchelli’s acetate the benchmark in terms of quality, shine, solidity and lightness for acetate frames.
Besides the history and reputation of the house, it is the place given to ecological innovation that caught us. Since 2013, Mazzucchelli has developed a new form of ecological acetate, the M49. The principle is simple: it is a mixture of cotton fluff powder and wood cellulose to which is added a plasticizer of natural origin (derived from corn) and no longer derived from petroleum derivatives.
M49 is a real green advance: it is biodegradable in 115 days against .... 12 years for classic acetate and contains no trace of endocrine disruptors like phthalate which is commonly found in traditional acetate.
Next Step: going further with BeCycle
In 2020, Mazzucchelli continues to go green and is about to launch a fully sustainable acetate made from the waste of cellulose acetate from manufacturers: BeCycle.
It will consist of 60% organic materials and 40% recycled materials. This new acetate will undoubtedly be on the program for our next collection.