Summer is finally here! With longer, brighter days, you’ll need to shade your eyes to protect them from the sun, wind or glare. Fortunately, there are many stylish sustainable sunglasses from which to choose! Believe me – you don’t have to sacrifice good fashion taste when you go with eco-friendly shades.
We’ve picked a few of our favorites to review here. Just be sure to use some green sunscreen before you head outdoors, as well.
I’ve loved Oakley sunglasses for years. But these eco-friendly sunglasses from its Gascan line are so stylish and cool, you might forget that they are “green.”
The glasses’ frames are created from leftover material from other eyewear manufacturing. Bamboo accents add interesting detail, and the glasses come in a 100% certified organic bag. When you purchase these sunglasses, you are also supporting the Action Sports Environmental Coalition — Oakley is donating a portion of proceeds to this organization. Oh, and when you’re done with your Oakleys, be sure to recycle them again!
I love the simplistic, clean design of these bamboo sunglasses from Kayu. In case you didn’t know, bamboo is one of the most sustainable crops in the world, and can be used to create many wood-based products at a lower environmental impact than tree farming.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Kayu makes a $50 donation for each of its $180 sunglasses, which is used to help fund eye surgery and prevent blindness around the world.
You certainly don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability with these Dragon Alliance E.C.O. (Environmentally Conscious Optics)! The company’s website claims that the shades are made from 100% renewable materials. You can also find these eco-friendly sunglasses by Dragon Alliance at Amazon.com.
These iWood specs may be the answer to bamboo sunglasses. Made of “real” exotic, yet sustainable woods certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, these sustainable sunglasses also eschew formaldehyde glue and VOC-based finishes. And they look pretty amazing too!
This summer, don’t settle for plastic! To shop for more stylish sustainable sunglasses, check out these sites: