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Akron native launches eyeglass business that works to provide clean water to developing countries

Glasi Company
Posted at 11:48 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 11:48:42-04

CEDARVILLE, Ohio — An Akron-area native and senior at Cedarville University has launched a business to help provide clean water for people in developing countries.

Ryan Cvammen fell in love with business at the age of 11 when he started selling Pokemon cards on eBay. From then on he’s been passionate about business and business ideas.

One day while he was sitting in a coffee shop looking at his laptop, Cvammen had the idea to sell a product to protect eyes from blue light, the artificial light from digital screens, electronic devices, LED lighting and fluorescent lighting that can cause eye strain, headaches and trouble sleeping.

Ryan Cvammen
Ryan Cvammen

That idea sparked Cvammen’s business, Glasi Company, which sells blue light protective glasses while using some of the profits to give back.

Glasi Company’s slogan is “Glasses for Glasses” as the company uses the profits from sales of the blue light protective glasses to help fund clean water distribution in Zambia in southern Africa.

“Essentially the goal is to donate enough to make a difference to drill wells in other countries,” Cvammen said in a press release. “What sets me apart is the purpose behind the company, not the product. You can buy glasses from Amazon, but then the money goes straight to Amazon.”

Cvammen is working alongside Mac McCauley, a missionary from Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville serving in Zambia.

To learn more about the “Glasses for Glasses” movement, click here.