When sunglasses are produced in a sustainable way

Mar 28, 2016 | written by:

Since a couple of days, spring has returned to peep into our days. Trees in bloom, longer days, the first long trips and... sunglasses! After taking them out of the bag and left it in a drawer for most of the winter, they are back in our everyday outfits. And if you're thinking of changing them, you have to know that there is a wide choice of glasses produced in a sustainable way and respecting the environment, made by companies that prefer recyclable or natural materials. Moreover, they give a portion of the proceeds to associations which offer cures and preventions for the eyes in developing countries. You have also to know that the most expert in the field are mostly companies from North American and can offer all the usual features that a consumer takes when they enter the store.

Dizm Eyewear and Woodwear are both from California. The first is proud of its polarized lenses able to protect 100% from UV rays and does not use petroleum-based plastic, but a plant-based called BioSan, biodegradable and recyclable. Woodwear instead sells handmade sunglasses using sustainable materials such as bamboo, able to grow eight times faster than wood, resistant to moisture and durable.

Even Proof Eyewear, from Idaho, uses bamboo for the frames of its glasses, but also pear wood and ebony, or old skateboard reborn as new glasses frames. This feature of using old materials, earned her the ECO specialization, Environmentally Conscious Optics. The extra mile is given by the quotes laser-etched on the inside of each rod.



In Boulder, Colorado, it is headquartered ZEAL Optics who uses plant-based materials in all its frames: they are made with castor oil, a durable and lighter alternative than plastic, and acetate biodegradable composed of a special cotton that grows in America and pulpwood. The New York-based Modo has the USDA certification, which is the US Department of Agriculture that regulates organic farming, since the glasses are made with 95% of recycled material. Moreover, for each item sold, Modo plants a tree as a thank to nature that has offered the first materials for its glasses. So far, one million trees have been planted in Cameroon thanks to sales.

Concerning glasses made in Europe, there is Waiting for the Sun founded by two young friends who wished to create wooden sunglasses at an affordable price (less than 140 Euros). They succeeded in it and their collection now boasts pieces made of bamboo and oak.

SOLO Eyewear and Panda are the most concentrated in joining sales to humanitarian aspects, while always respecting the ethical standards in the realization of their glasses. Panda devotes a large part of the proceeds to people with problems of blindness, while each pair of SOLO glasses purchased finances eye surgeries to patients in need in the poorest countries. Today there are already 10,000 people who have been helped by sales of SOLO glasses.

Ah yes, all these glasses respectful of the environment can be ordered online and are delivered all over the world.

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