David Bates is the Founder + Creative Director of Maple Yo, a Canadian company that specializes in designing luxury handcrafted bamboo sunglasses.

Maple Yo was founded with a rebellious spirit… and a maple heart to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to go green – that bamboo products can be better, healthier and more fun to use than plastic ones. Maple Yo creates only delightful and sustainably grown plant-based products.


“We were disturbed when we learned about the existence of the “Great Pacific garbage patch” a few years ago and the fact that an estimated eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year. Now, the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade unless the world finds a way to switch to plant-based alternatives to plastic.” – David

David is a big part of the “green” and outdoor communities. He grew up in Vancouver, Canada and studied Marketing Communications at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He lives in the coastal city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where he spends endless time at the beach swimming against the tide.

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