Some background information
First things first, let’s put the record straight regarding a common misconception: acetate (cellulose acetate, to be exact) is not plastic. It’s much stronger, lighter, more flexible – and it’s plant-based! Made from renewable resources such as cotton and tree pulp, its cost to the environment is significantly lesser than that of plastic.
Invented in the late 1800s, cellulose acetate has had a surprising variety of uses, including photographic film, magnetic recording tape, the original Lego bricks, and of course, the overhead projector transparencies of our school days.
Our very own Italian wonder
At BonLook, we source all our acetate from Mazzucchelli, a renowned Italian company that’s been in operation since 1849, overseen by six generations of the same family.
From their early days as manufacturers of combs and buttons made from animal horn, bone, and tortoiseshell, to their current status as worldwide leaders in the production of cellulose acetate, Mazzucchelli has always relied on a successful combination of highly sophisticated know-how and high Italian craftsmanship.
Now that you’ve gained a better appreciation of acetate, why not browse through our selection of frames made from Mazzucchelli’s finest?