The cold winter months have passed and sunny spring is here. Time to show off your latest sunglasses to avoid harsh sun rays and keep your precious eyes cool has come. Do you know that you can protect your eyes together with protecting the environment? Yes, it is indeed possible with the wide variety of eco friendly frames available in the market today. Eco friendly frames are made of 100 percent sustainable and biodegradable material. Whether you are looking for a classic or hip, subtle or bling style, these ultra cool eco friendly frames will impress you completely. No worries if you’re on a tight budget, there are so many wallet friendly options to choose from as well. Before you buy a new pair, always remember to donate your pair of old sunglasses if they are in a pretty good condition, instead of throwing them off and adding waste to the environment. Now take a look at the top 10 eco friendly sunglasses below.
Proof Sustainable Wooden Sunglasses
Proof, a leading eye wear brand has turned eco friendly, by coming up with unisex designs of sunglasses made in 100 percent sustainably sourced wood such as bamboo, ebony and zebra wood. These exclusive sunglasses are foldable and super chic. Proof runs a recycling program so their customers can send in their old sunglasses which will be suitably recycled. The company also supports an eye clinic in India, through their “1 for 1’s” scheme, where they’ll gift a pair of glasses to a patient who’s had an eye surgery done recently in India, whenever you buy a pair of new sunglasses. Proof supports a tree replanting initiative in Haiti as well. Support their noble efforts by choosing their cool sunglasses. Price ranges from $90 to $130.
Green Tinted Beer Bottle Sunglasses
Urban Spectacles has come up with this revolutionary yet trendy sunglasses made from your favorite beer bottles. These dazzling sunglasses are designed by Scott Urban, with the idea of making an eco friendly fashion statement. These stunning sunglasses are hand-made out of used beer bottles and set in round prominent frames. Round frames were a rage in fifties, and is back in trend for those who love the retro look. Buying these sunglasses is a wonderful way to recycle old beer bottles that will otherwise litter our environment. Beer bottles take more than 4000 years to decompose, so encourage eco friendly products such as these instead of buying conventional products. Price available on request.
Shwood Bushmills Wooden Whiskey Barrel Sunglasses
Moving on from sunglasses made from beer bottles, here comes sunglasses crafted from old wooden whiskey barrels. Oregon-based Shwood and Bushmills, an Irish whiskey company have come together to create these gorgeous sunglasses made from the white oak taken from old whiskey barrels dated over 100 years. These limited-edition sunglasses carry state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss lens. Only 100 of them have been manufactured, so make a quick purchase if you want to make heads turn while being an environmentally responsible person. These innovative sunglasses come in customized wooden whiskey crates that will need to be cranked open. Price starts at $175.
Solar Powered Self Energy Generating (SIG) Sunglasses
Designers Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong have come together to create these Self-Energy Generating (SIG) Sunglasses. In addition to safeguarding your eyes, these amazing sunglasses come with built-in dye sensitized solar cells that convert the sun’s energy into electricity that can be used to power your favorite gadgets such as mobile or MP3 player through a power jack behind the frame. These eco friendly sunglasses with solar panels are made of an inexpensive organic die that assures clean renewable energy for the planet. Price available on request.
Shwood Oswald Carved Walnut Sunglasses
Shwood, leaders of special hand-crafted sunglasses have come up with Oswald, a fifties style design made from walnut wood. These round-framed sunglasses sport quality grey color Carl Zeiss lenses and offer 100 percent UVA/ UVB protection. Proudly made in the United States, these limited edition sunglasses come in a custom made woven woolen pouch with genuine leather drawstrings and a special engraved label. Price starts at $157.
Studio Swine Human Hair Sunglasses
Here comes a sunglass made from human hair and bioresin. Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, students at the Royal College of Arts, UK created these awesome sunglasses or rather “hair glasses” from the millions of pounds of hair cuttings that parlors across UK threw away each year using plant-based bioresin to bind the hair strands. Blonde, black and brown hair strands are blended and bind to create a golden comb shape insignia that resemble a tortoise shell. These eco friendly sunglasses are 100 percent biodegradable when they are no longer needed. Price is available on request.
Kayu Bamboo Sunglasses
Designer Jami Lim has created these beautiful sunglasses made from sustainable bamboo for Kayu. These unique sunglasses feature a full frame, with light colored lenses that subtly highlight your face. They are especially handmade from a bamboo species called Mao Zhu, grown organically in Wenzhou, China. Kayu donates $50 for every sunglass purchased, to Unite for Sight, Inc to support their sight restoring surgeries in the developing countries. Price starts at $185.
Shwood & HUF Skateboard Sunglasses
Oregon based Shwood joined hands with Keith Hufnagel, professional skateboarder and owner of HUF store, to come up with these cool sunglasses. They are completely made from 100 percent recycled broken skateboards. Their unique stripes design is hand crafted at Shwood’s studio. The wooden pieces are stuck together using a vacuum sealer to create these fun sunglasses. Price available on request.
Juicy Couture ‘Choose Green’ Sunglasses
Aptly named “Choose Green,” Juicy Couture’s latest range of eco friendly sunglasses are made from 55% renewable plant-based plastic with bamboo accents. The “Choose Green: collection consists of three attractive shapes, jasmine in oval, fern in square and peony in cat’s eye in various eye catching colors ranging from tortoise to raspberry. When you order for these cool sunglasses, each pair will arrive in a customized organic cotton canvas pouch printed using soy ink. Prices are $98 for jasmine, and $135 for fern and peony each.
iWood Wooden Sunglasses
iWood’s new wooden sunglasses are made from sustainable wood and designed at their Ecodesign studio. These delightful sunglasses are in a limited edition, so grab one quick before they are gone. If you are looking for a flattering sunglasses that are eco friendly as well, this one is the perfect choice. Price starts at $350.