Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks

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Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
GOBI - BELA in deep razz

The raddest pair of sunglasses I ever did see.

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Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
BLUE PLANET EYEWEAR -lear

Better than Rayban's ;)

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
TAS

The Cheshire cat - they are so cool, they make me grin from ear to ear ;)

ethical sunglasses
Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
BLUE Planet eyewear- Calder

On my shopping list for this summer!

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
TAS - RHEA Walnut wood

Retro yet modern at the same time.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
PALA - Neo

Ocean blue sunglasses, need I say more? :)

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
PALA - Farai

So fresh and so chic.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
OH MY EYES - OH-O1

The one pair to boost your ethic-cool factor.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
DICK MOBY - AMS

The one you wear to see "la vie en rose"

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
DICK MOBY - Vancouver

Fulfilling some lavender dreams.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
MOSEVIC

Salvaged denim sunglasses - tell me I'm not the only one having Britney/Justin denim look flashbacks right now. Now with these, you can wear denim from head to toe -literally.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
SEA2SEE - shine

Hard to imagine this cool shade is made 100% with recycled fishnets plastic.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
MATT & NAT - Mule leopard/mustard mix

These will bring out the feline side in you

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
CALAVERA -Mixtura

Otherworldly beautiful

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
SHOPVIU - the voyager

Classic and timeless. The staple to a sustainable and minimalistic wardrobe.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
PAPERSHADES - moon shade

Who knew paper-made sunglasses could look this awesome? :)

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
PANDOO

Bamboo-licious, that's all I will say.

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
KYND sunglasses- Heartbreakers.

Now you can look like your favorite heart-eyed emoji:)

Look at life with eco-coloured sunglasses: my top ethical picks
COROMANDEL

Ultimate beach/summer vibes with those bamboo sunglasses.

Ethical is ethicool. Spotlight on 15 eyewear brands that ally style and sustainability.

I’m on an ecofashion roll. Since I have transitioned towards a sustainable wardrobe, I have been discovering incredible brands and I wanted to share my favorite eco-friendly and ethical sunglasses. Without further ado, here are my picks.

KYND eyewear

Kynd Eyewear was founded in 2012 in California. They are creating bamboo sunglasses that are custom-designed and hand-crafted from sustainably raised bamboo using eco-friendly stains. They use a carbon offset program to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions. Style-wise, they have heart-shaped glasses (different colors available), if this is not a fun pair of sunglasses then I give up.

My pick: The Heartbreakers

TAS (discovered via Avocadostore)

This might be one of my favorite discoveries. TAS is a German label founded in 2012 by a group of students and they have super stylish and funky sunglasses at a very affordable price. They use wooden materials, including bamboo, acetate with an organic base, TR90 which is a better alternative to polycarbonate and bisphenol-A-free.

My picks: the Cheshire cat in cherrywood , the Lisi in walnut wood and the rhea in walnut wood

MOSEVIC (via Ethical Market)

Mosevic infuses layers of denim with a carefully selected resin to create an extremely strong and tactile material they call solid denim. They make various accessories, including phone cases and sunglasses. Also, some of their pairs are made with recycled jeans of all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, thus making each pair of sunglasses completely unique. Their sunnies are handcrafted in their workshop in Cornwall, England. Mosevic is bringing denim back and I like it.

DICK MOBY

The epitome of ethic-cool.  Their frames are just amazing. Founded in 2015, this Dutch company was founded by two surf passionates. Their sustainable frames come in two versions: from recycled (black) or bio-based (colors) acetate. Every pair of sunglasses comes with a free recycled leather hard case and a cleaning cloth made from recycled PET bottles.  They process acetate waste into our black frames, which consist of 97% recycled acetate. The remaining 3% are merely black ink. For the other frames, they use bio-based acetate: a material is made without crude oil or toxic plasticisers.

My picks: the AMS in pink, the Vancouver in Lavender, the Paris in peach and the Lis in green leaves

PANDOO (via Avocadostore)

 Laidback, easy and eco-friendly shades. Pandoo offers unisex shades, wayfarer-styles entirely made of bamboo and handmade. Pandoo also manufactures lifestyle objects and home.

My picks: the natur in Orange.

COROMANDEL (via Avocadostore)

Created in 2015, the Coromandel ethical sunglasses are made with Bamboo and several other types of woods. They only work with wood producers who are FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council)

My picks: the Papakahari

GOBI Amsterdam

This Dutch brand has come up with a stunning series of shades. Their sunglasses are made of high-quality cotton based acetate. Each model is handcrafted in a 25 step process that takes over more than 2,5 months. The main material in their sunglasses is biodegradable cotton based acetate. Their cases are made from recycled paper. They are continuously looking for ways to be more sustainable.

My picks: the Bela deep razz, the Hedin in icy green.

OH MY EYES

A wonderful fusion of Japanese craftsmanship and Scandinavian modernism. Oh My Eyes is a luxury eyewear brand from Sweden, but the sunglasses are handmade in Sabae, Japan, They are made using superior-quality Japanese titanium and Italian cellulose acetate, based on cotton and wood. The cases are made from chrome-free vegetable tanned leather in a family-run workshop in Målerås, Sweden.

My picks: the Oh-01 limited edition 18K white gold, the Oh-01 and the OH-12 kr3 500.

PALA EYEWEAR

Pala is a British eyewear brand. Materials they use are acetate and stainless steel and they have some of the coolest sunglasses I’ve ever seen. Most importantly, Pala works with a charity and NGO to improve the living conditions in certain regions of Africa. For every pair of sunglasses sold, they donate a pair of prescription glasses in a number of impoverished regions in Africa. The sunglasses cases are made from recycled plastic waste by weavers in Upper East Ghana, providing them a more sustainable income and living.

My picks: the Neo crystal blue mirror sunglasses & the Farai berry crystal.

MATT & NAT

Vegan handbag brand superstar has recently launched a collection of eyewear. There is not much information as of now, but the collection comprises sophisticated frames and you can now coordinate your bag to your sunglasses.

My picks: The Aldie in blackThe Mule – leopard/mustard mix

BLUE PLANET Eyewear

Blue Planet Eyewear was founded in California in 2009. They design use recycled plastics and reclaimed metals, as well as natural materials such as bamboo and wood. They have such an amazing selection of cool sunglasses, there’s truly something for everyone. Blue Planet is also involved in charity projects, through their Visualize Change program, which donates one pair of glasses for every frame purchased. They have partnered with various organizations to provide support to people with vision impairment.

My picks: The Ash in rosegold & the Bailey sunglasses ivory tortoise natural bamboo in pink mirror lens

PAPERSHADES

Papershades is a brilliant young start-up from Hong Kong producing ready-to-wear shades made from recycled paper in any designs. From the design to the manufacturing process, everything has conceived to reduce environmental impact. You’ll see for yourself, they look awesome. Hard to imagine, they are made out of paper.

My picks: Mango Tango Sunburst & Moonshade Large

SEA2SEE sustainable eyewear

Handmade in Italy and made 100% with recycled fishnets plastic. Sea2see aims to be a game-changer in the eyewear industry by creating high-quality and stylish eyewear made entirely with abandoned fishnets and ropes, collected by fishing communities from the coast of Spain. The result? Light and resistant frames which also happen to look super cool.

My picks: The shine (07/05) and the smart (06)

I have also included two brands that may not be particularly using recycled materials (yet) but do care about ethics, craftsmanship, and quality.

CALAVERA eyewear

Glasses are handmade in Italy, Our sunglasses and optical frames are handmade in Italy in Cadore with the finest techniques using top quality materials such as Mazzucchelli acetate sheets and Carl Zeiss lenses. The designs are very editorial and classic but with a modern twist.

My picks: The Mixtura pearl white

SHOPVIU

VIU offers a transparent manufacturing process and fair prices. They pledge to neither imitate major labels nor follow mass production lines. The collections are designed in Switzerland and each pair is then crafted in more than 80 manual steps at a traditional manufacturer in the Italian Dolomites and on Honshū Island. They have a gorgeous selection of shades, from classic designs to more original ones.

My picks: the Lolita,& Spirited.

 

I hope you this post will make you want to have a closer look at sustainable and ethical eyewear. Ethical fashion is fashion, it’s not a trend but here to stay. I applaud these brands for inciting the industry to change without making any style compromises. Like I said, ethical is (ethi)cool. 
Liz

Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I'm on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.

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