M.I.A. is the nom de guerre of artist and activist Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam – whose childhood experiences growing up in the UK and Sri Lanka sparked a life-long drive to speak out against injustice and oppression. A pioneer for a global humanitarian perspective, her sound fuses elements of dancehall, electro, bhangra, and baile funk to create multilingual, multi-ethnic soundscapes that elude easy classification—much like the Academy Award and Grammy-nominated artist herself.
Maya joined the resistance against plastic pollution in 2017 following a visit to Parley’s Ocean School in the Maldives, where she witnessed the damage caused to life above and below the waterline first-hand. Having applied her kaleidoscopic DIY aesthetic to clothing, album artwork, and music videos in the past, Maya’s collaboration with Clean Waves marks her first foray into eyewear. Her unique series of angular color frames with interchangeable lenses reflects her fiercely independent, chameleonic spirit. Made from Ocean Plastic® intercepted from coastal communities, beaches, and remote islands, M.I.A. x Clean Waves marks a new collaboration in the war against plastic – a wearable symbol of change for the oceans movement.
Proceeds from Clean Waves sustainable sunglasses will support The Parley Global Cleanup Network, a global alliance of 30 countries and more than 260,000 volunteers.
See the entire collection on the Cleanwaves website.