Hooray! Summer is finally here so sun’s out, buns out! Still looking for sustainable sunglasses but can’t find any? We know the struggle. Worry no longer, because we’ve found five beautiful brands for you to pick out your new favourite sunglasses. Before you decide to buy one, do remember to be aware of energy and materials used for the sunglasses. Although a lot of these sunglasses are made from wood or recyclable plastic, it still takes material and energy to produce the sunglasses. So if you already have a pair of sunglasses that are still in perfect shape and you love, stick to it and rather wait till you buy a new one. If not, read on!
Dick Moby is probably the most famous sustainable sunglasses brand around. Their Italian handmade frames are made from bio-acetate or recycled acetate. This type of plastic is re-usable, biodegradable and not made from petroleum. The sunglass cases are made from recycled leather, so if you’re a vegan, you might have to look for a different option. As quoted by the brand: ‘Quality is key, sustainability is king.’ We couldn’t agree more! Oh, and their shades look pretty awesome too by the way.
Yes we know, we might mention TOMS a bit too often sometimes. But that’s just because we love their brand so much and they’ve got a lot to offer as well! You probably know TOMS from their easy slip-ons. When TOMS started in 2006, they donated a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of TOMS they sold. In 2011 they started an eyewear collection that till now has improved the eyesight of 400.000 people in need by selling TOMS glasses. With every pair of eyewear you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need, which makes their already fab eyewear even more fab.
Is this brand telling us we need the sea to see? Is this brand telling us that we need to see with sunglasses of Sea2see before we realise that our oceans are calling for help? Too deep? Not as deep as our beautiful ocean that is slowly dying because of polluting toxics and plastic. By 2025, it is expected that the ocean will contain more plastic than fish in weight. Insane right? Sea2see is fighting this by collecting plastic trash from the ocean, separating, washing and recycling it into sunglasses. Circularity at its finest! Want to know more about their truly amazing purpose? Click on Sea2see above.
Since 2013, Antonio Verde offers eco-friendly sunglasses where the frames are made from recycled materials and bamboo hand crafted temples. According to the brand, they work with certified factories and every factory is regularly visited for check-ups. Employees receive a fair wage, have health insurance coverage and don’t work in hazardous or uncomfortable conditions. Moreover, their shades are very affordable too!
Neubau is a district in Vienna, Austria, that is known for its innovation, challenging and creative concepts. The brand relates to this by celebrating the same way of life. Their shades have an urban vibe to them and the frames are made from an eco-friendly polymer where 65% of it is based on oil extracted from the seeds of castor oil plants. The cleaning cloths are made from recycled plastic and the cases are made from a cellulose base without the use of glue. Tremendous right?
We hope you will be able to find the glasses of your summery dreams. We always check the featured brands via the brand’s website, word of mouth and websites such as rankabrand.nl, to be certain that the brands are worthy of being recommended. However, it might be possible that you have stumbled across (secret) information that contradicts ours. In that case, please let us know! Also let us know if you are familiar with other eco-friendly brands that are not featured in this blog. We are always looking for input! If you have doubts about a brand, you can ask us to assist you in finding out their level of sustainability. Or contact the brand yourself! This way we can demand a transparent and eco-friendly industry together!
Keep up the good work!