Sustainability has, over the years, become more than a cause or movement. It is today not just a concept we need to revive, protect and, in the long run, preserve the life of our planet; sustainability is now a way of life cutting across many areas and sectors. The eyewear fashion industry is not excluded. This article is set to take you through nine sunglasses brands chosen the better way; sustainability.


 

Pala Eyewear

Pala is also keen on giving back, which is why every purchased pair of sunglasses gives back to eye-care programs and empowering communities. Committed to protecting the planet, they make designs of low impact. In addition, they are continually innovating and, as such, make both plant-based bio-acetate and recycled acetate frames (packaged sustainably) available.

Contact details
Business Address: 48 Brunswick Rd, Hove BN3 1DH, UK
Website: https://www.palaeyewear.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/palaeyewear
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/palaeyewear
Twitter: https://twitter.com/palaeyewear
Email: hello@palaeyewear.com

Photos Copyright © Pala Eyewear


 

Pela Vision

PELA provides beautiful and trendy designs with 100% biodegradable frames, one of the most reviewed and trusted eco-friendly brands. Truly sustainable, one of their programs entails closing the loop by taking in used plastic sunglasses to upcycle.

Contact Details
Business Address: 604 Doyle Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9S2, Canada
Website: https://pelavision.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pelavision
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pelavision
Email: hello@pelavision.com

Photos Copyright © Pela Vision


 

Eco Eyewear

Making a difference by making better choices, Eco has made it their mission to use recycled and biobased material in their frames. Thus materials like ocean plastic come to life in their glasses that are sustainably packaged. Eco works with Trees for the Future to plant a tree for every frame purchased; they also organize workshops and other empowerment schemes for communities.

Contact Details
Business Address: 594 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA
Website: https://eco-eyewear.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecooptics
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecoeyewear
Email: care@eco-eyewear.com

Photos Copyright © Eco Eyewear


 

Proof Eyewear

For Proof Eyewear, each frame gives back with its 'Do good' initiative aimed at empowerment. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the idea of an eco-friendly wood consumer product gave birth to this brand. They provide glasses handcrafted from sustainable materials, including sustainably sourced wood, biodegradable cotton-based acetate, and recycled aluminium. Proof stands firm on three principles which are; heritage, sustainability, and giving back.

Contact Details
Business Address: 314 S 9th St #100, Boise, ID 83702, USA
Website: https://www.iwantproof.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProofEyewear
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/proofeyewear
Email: info@iwantproof.com

Photos Copyright © Proof Eyewear


 

Dresden

This Sydney-based brand is on a mission to bring high-quality, fashionable, and sustainably made prescription glasses to people worldwide. Inspired by German design, they make affordable, functional, versatile, fun, and sturdy glasses using recycled materials and interchangeable, replaceable parts.

Contact Details
Business Address: 419 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Website: https://dresden.vision
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dresdenvision
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dresdenvision
Email: hello@dresden.vision

Photos Copyright © Dresden Vision


 

Waterhaul

Recycled ocean plastic sunglasses that are intercepted from oceans but redesigned for adventures, ocean exposure, and UV protection is what this Newquay-based brand stands for. Continually striving to act as a 'symbol of change' for the oceans, 'WATERHAUL,' which is a term used to describe hauling in an empty trawl net, is changing the narrative hauling an empty net from the ocean is a success for them.

Contact Details
Business Address: Treloggan Industrial Estate, Newquay TR7 2SX, UK
Website: https://waterhaul.co
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waterhaul
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waterhaul_co
Email: customerservice@waterhaul.co

Photography Copyright credit Ian Lean (@ianleanphoto)
Photo Copyright ©Waterhaul


 

Sunski

Based in California, Sunski operates on the belief that good design is good for the planet. Respect for nature and the planet is their drive to make shades the right way - sustainably, without shortcuts. Having recycled frames, the sunglasses from Sunski are built to last forever; for a lifetime of adventures. It is also free of plastic packaging, totally eco-friendly. As a brand committed to making a positive impact on the community and the planet, Sunski is carbon neutral, supports environmental nonprofits and the 1% For the Planet initiative.

Contact Details
Business Address: San Francisco, CA, USA
Website: https://store.sunski.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunskis
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunski
Email: hello@sunski.com


 

Sticks and Sparrow

Born out of love for eyewear and nature, Sticks and Sparrow uses plant-based acetate, natural bamboo, native flowers and foliage, wood and cork temples, high-grade scratch-resistant CR39 lenses, and other eco-friendly materials, contributing to the responsible approach of eyewear design. They package these lightweight and high-strength frames protectively in pressed cork hard cases with soft pouches. Also passionate about eye protection, their lenses provide the highest level of UV protection.

Contact Details
Business Address: Australia
Website: https://sticksandsparrow.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sticksandsparrow
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sticksandsparroweyewear
Email: sales@sticksandsparrow.com.au


 

SOLO Eyewear

With each purchase, SOLO restores the vision for a person in need. Eco-friendly sunglasses made with repurposed bamboo, wood, and plastic is what they offer. In addition, they have a collection of cellulose acetate and blue light filter glasses, among other options.

Contact Details
Business Address: San Diego, CA, USA
Website: https://www.soloeyewear.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoloEyewear
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SoloEyewear
Email: support@soloeyewear.com


These brands make sustainable eyewear ranging from shades, blue light glasses, essentials, opticals to classics, available for men, women, and children. Their products are recycled, repurposed, and upcycled to various tastes, styles, and fashions. Choosing them means choosing a sustainable alternative to that of the cyclical, disposable, eyewear fashion industry. You will be happy; the planet will be too!