Few things are as guaranteed as losing your favorite pair of sunglasses. No matter how close you keep them, they never last forever. Aside from the disappointment, the problem creates unnecessary waste as well. To lessen the impact on the environment, many eyewear-makers are beginning to explore more sustainable material. From cotton and other plant-based resins to bamboo, the following are 12 standout examples of stylish and sustainable sunglasses.
1. WAITING FOR THE SUN
Price: From 100€ to 200€
If this article would be about competition of the best sunglasses brand’s name, “Waiting For The Sun” will totally get our bonus prize. Hand made in Paris from bamboo. Friendly frame-makers from Paris Waiting for the Sun specialize in exciting eyewear made entirely of bamboo and teawood! Unique, practically pennyweight, and fetchingly shaped. Composed of recycled wood waste and wood dust, compressed with bio-acetate based on a 70% cotton rate.
And it’s a big problem to pick the most good looking.
Price: From 120€ to 350€
3. MONKEY GLASSES
Price: From 90€ to 165€
“Monkey Glasses” is one of the most socially responsible brand of any eyewear. Company believes that it is important to look good and see well simultaneously, and now they have a product that combines both for the conscious consumer. Ohh, they share the same philosophy as Avocado Garden!
A special biodegradable material is produced for their collections to make the frames feel and look like wood. And the glass is made of acetate – a special kind of plastic that consists of approximately 90 % cotton flowers and wood. The raw material is biodegradable and comes from Italy. They have also introduced a ZERO WASTE program, which means that leftover material from their production of glasses is used to produce accessories.
4. JOHNNY FLY CLASSIC
Price: From 54€ to 119€
Price: From 60€ to 116€
We are equally committed to promoting a healthier relationship between humankind and nature, by constructing beautiful pieces created from natural renewable resources. If You don’t have any possibility to recycle near your home, You can send them your Woodzee product and they will recycle them for you. This option is quite useful, because after that they also provide you 40% off your next Woodzee product. Btw, for every Woodzee you buy, they plant a tree. So where is Your forest, Woodzee?
6. DICK MOBY
Price: Around 139€
Founded last year by Tim Holland and Robbert Wefers Bettink, the eyewear brand’s frames are both high-quality and environmentally-friendly, and are designed in Amsterdam and handmade from bio-plastic acetate in the north of Italy. 10% of the brand’s revenues goes towards its ongoing project with the Surfrider Foundation — an organization dedicated to preventing plastic pollution — demonstrating that style needn’t come at the expense of sustainability.
7. colin leslie eyewear Uk from shift to nature shop
Price: Around 160€
Colin Leslie UK designs and makes eco sunglasses and glasses frames from high quality materials. The hand crafted arms are made from sustainable bamboo, the frame made from recycled acetate and the lenses are Black Polarised UV400. This particular sunglasses have smooth bamboo arms and white arched tops from recycled acetate. Connected with a silver arch. Contemporary street wear with a retro twist of sophistication. Your sunglasses will be supplied in a Shift to Nature Bamboo cylinder box and durable eye wear pouch, which is made from recycled plastic which is soft enough to clean your lenses.
Price: Contact the company via INFO@FEB31ST.IT
The cleverly named FEB 31st highlights the fact that the beauty of these sunglasses is as rare as an impossible day of the year. Made out of coloured wood in Italy, the glasses are the creations of designer Valerio Cometti, who ensures all the wood he uses follows Forest Stewardship Council Certification. Elegance, poise and some whimsical colours are all the elements you can find in FEB31st eyewear.
9. SOLO EYEWEAR
Price: Around 88€
SOLO Eyewear is a line of handcrafted sunglasses made with recycled bamboo. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making SOLOs a more sustainable pair of sunnies. It is also worth to mention that each pair purchased funds eye care for people in need.
10. GRown EYEWEAR
Price: Around 98€
This company is really unique, because each pair of their sunglasses are handcrafted from durable 7 ply Canadian maple skateboard laminate. With every pair purchased, company will pay for sight-restoring eye surgery for 1 person or diagnostic eye examinations for 12 children! It will also help to sponsor eye camps in remote locations around the globe.
Price: Around 132€
All of Topheads products are made from either bamboo, wood or recycled skateboard decks. Particulary this flawless model’s frame front made from recycled skateboards, arrow details and solid polarised lenses. The arms are gold with black temple tips, finished off with a gold-tone curved bridge.
12. HEMP EYERWEAR
Price: Contact them firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Whitten has come up with an innovative and environmentally-friendly model of sunglasses, which will hit the market as part of the so-called Hemp Eyewear collection. Thanks to its extremely durable composite fiber and high manufacture sustainability (even more sustainable than wood production), industrial hemp has for centuries been used as raw material in various industries, from production of textiles to automotive parts, so it should not come a major surprise that somebody finally thought of using it instead of plastic to make fashion accessories too.