Summers are never tolerable without a safe pair of sunglasses that shield our eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Although the first few things we look for in a sunglass is style, function and comfort, there are a few sunglass brands out there that want to provide all these to the customer and then some. For instance, here are 9 sunglass brands that aim to make a difference by creating sunglasses that would both protect your eyes, and take care of the environment in the process.
Woodwear is an eco-friendly sunglass brand that sells glasses handcrafted in Hermosa, California. The glasses are made of stainless steel and maturing bamboo, and come in a variety of shades for users.
There are some sunglass brands that strive to make a difference with the materials that they use. And then, there are some brands like Solo which aim to take that initiative further and help those in need. In addition to selling sunglasses made of recycled plastic and bamboo, the San Diego based firm donates a pair of prescription glasses to the needy for every pair of sunglasses they sell.
The new range of aviator sunglasses from MODO features frames made of repurposed plastic and recycled stainless steel. The shades are extremely stylish as well, available in a range of colors from black and green crystal to tortoiseshell.
Eco stands for Earth Conscious Optics. And the brand Eco Optics takes this rather seriously. The sunglasses sold by the company are made of 95% recycled materials and also come with UL Environment based Environmental Claims Validation. Eco Optics also makes it a point to plant a tree for every sunglass that it sells. It also has a recycling program wherein individuals wanting to dispose their old frames can simply hand them over to the company which would then donate them to those in need.
This Chicago based eyewear label makes use of a patented solid steel core in its frames for added strength, balance and flexibility. The frames are also made of woods like wenge, maple and wenge harvested from sustainable forests, while other eco-friendly products like water based coatings, petroleum fee plastic and formaldehyde free epoxy go into making the final product.
The eyewear brand Panda has to its credit, a range of luxury sunglasses that are as eco-friendly as they are stylish. Made of recycled plastic and sustainably harvested bamboo, these sunglasses are the ultimate in style and comfort. The company also ensures to provide a free eye exam as well as a pair of prescription glasses to those in need for every sunglass it sells.
Shwood took eco-friendliness to new heights with the launch of its Canby collection. Featuring sunglasses handcrafted from woods like cherry, zebrawood and East Indian rosewood derived from sustainable sources, the brand has created excellent sunnies that would be perfect for the summer and would become heirlooms in your closet with time.
As unique as the date itself, the sunglasses sold by FEB31st are made in Italy, and feature colored wood that is Forest Stewardship Council Certified. The glasses boast of poise and elegance as they play with your emotions with whimsical colors.
The latest sunglass collection from the New York based Illesteva feature both the Leonard sunglass style and the Capri optical frame style, with nine and five colorways for each design. All of these glasses feature 100% biodegradable design made from organic, sustainable plasticizers as well as cellulose acetate flake. This way, you can ensure the glasses you wear are super stylish and yet, sustainable enough to not cause harm to the environment in any way.
In addition to flaunting your unique style and saving the environment, you will be doing your bit to help those in need around the world.