Pretty much everyone wears sunglasses. And we should! Protecting our eyes from the sun can prevent blindness and several other vision and eye-health issues.
But how many people are wearing eco-friendly sunglasses? I mean, all those sunglasses go somewhere when they die, right? Do you recycle your glasses? Or toss them in the trash? Or just leave them sitting on the table of that restaurant?
Take a moment to think about all the chemicals and materials that go into sunglass production every year. And how many pairs of sunglasses are out there, breaking down into microplastics and working their way into our food chain. We know plastic is bad for the environment.
Thankfully, there are high-quality, fashionable, eco-friendly sunglasses available. And there are plenty to choose from!
In this post, I’ll share three brands that I think offer a good variety of styles and prices, ranging between about $60 and $150 USD.
*Images below represent only a small selection from each brand, many more colors are available!
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About the company.Parafina is a company rooted in giving back. Not only are their products eco-friendly and environmentally responsible, but they also donate 5% of all proceeds to their #LlevaleAlCole scholarship; a program that provides meals, books, psychological help, and a safe space for students to learn.On top of that, they’ve also supplied materials for eye surgeries in the Congo, collaborated on cancer research, and helped create jobs for people with limited access to the labor market.But wait, there’s more! On top of all the good they do for people, Parafina is lightening the environmental load of the fashion industry with their products. In 2018, they used 201 aluminum cans and 434 PET bottles to make their glasses. This saved about 1.2 tons of carbon dioxide.You can feel good while you look good with Parafina’s stylish array of glasses.
Product info.They offer men’s and women’s styles in sunglasses, reading, and eyeglasses.
- Parafina offers both plastic and metal-framed sunglasses. About two cans per pair.
- Metal frames are made with recycled aluminum.
- Plastic frames are made from recycled tires, PET (like water bottles) and HDPE (think plastic chairs and bottle caps).
- Their eco-rubber frames are made from recycled tires pulled from a landfill in Kuwait.
Parafina’s sunglass lenses are all polarized to reduce reflective glare and offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
All Parafina sunglasses are shipped in a recycled PVC case to keep them safe and a recycled nylon carrying case for your convenience.
About the company.
Since 1996, Zeal Optics has been offering high-quality eyewear with outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers in mind. Zeal has three goals: use less, give back, and explore more.
Zeal is committed to reducing impact (use less) from their production cycle to their product’s end-of-life. To accomplish this, they use plant-based materials from the frames to the banding agent that holds the lenses in place, and their manufacturing process is powered by renewable resources.
They give back by donating to several environmental organizations, like 1% for the planet. They also donate to groups that help bring people to nature, particularly people who don’t have easy access to it. Increasing interactions with nature helps develop respect for it, plus it’s good for the spirit!
And finally, they test their products in extreme conditions using explorers and athletes. So you can trust them to hold up whether you’re relaxing in the sun or clinging to the side of a mountain.
- Z-Resin plant-based materials derived from the castor plant
- Nose and temple: ProFlex Rubber
- Ellume Polarized Z-Resin, a plant-based material that creates a high-purity lens for crisper, clearer vision while reducing environmental impact
- 100% UVA and UVB protection and 95% blue light filtration
- Polarization reduces glare
- Made from plant-based materials
- Zeal offers a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
- All prescription sunglass lenses are produced in a zero-waste lab that recycles all fluids and plastics.
- Sunglasses come in a microfiber bag and hard case.