Happy Earth Day everyone! There’s no better way to celebrate than by getting in a so-called eco frame of mind! Lots of eyewear brands are jumping on the sustainable bandwagon, crafting specs ‘n’ sunnies that are not only trendy, but more importantly safe for the environment. Made of a variety of earth-friendly materials, these frames flaunt a slew of fashion-forward elements—think eye-catching hues, sporty-meets-stylish silhouettes, colorful lenses and innovative bridges, as well as glossy and matte finishes. Take a look at our top picks and find out what makes them “green” below.
SPY: These “Non Toxic Revolution” shades are made with 100 percent biodegradable Plantate—an all-natural plant polysaccharide material. A portion of every sale of these sunglasses goes toward The Keep A Breast Foundation and its mission of informing, educating and inspiring young people to choose non-toxic products to help reduce instances of breast cancer.
Timberland: These “Earthkeeper” styles are made of 55 percent bio-plastic—a biodegradable plastic made from renewable vegetable raw materials.
Eco Biobased: These frames are made of 63 percent castor seed oil—a sustainable, renewable non-food oil. Their packaging is also made with recyclable materials. Additionally, through its “One Frame One Tree” program, Eco plants a tree for each pair sold. So far, more than 1 million trees have been planted in Africa through the initiative.
VonZipper: These “Shift Into Neutral” sunglasses are made from the environmentally friendly and sustainable oil delivered from the castor bean. This oil is a non-toxic, renewable resource. These sunnies also come with a cotton sunglass bag and are minimally packaged.
ZEAL: These sunnies are made from ZEAL’s M49 material, which is produced from 100 percent USA-Grown Cotton.