Your Guide to the Most Sustainable Sunglasses 2022

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Whether it’s pre-loved or vintage, wood or recycled sunglasses you’re looking for there are so many options for sunglasses now. And fear not, not only are the brands listed here more sustainable than their highstreet offerings they’re more stylish to boot (yes I’m biased). Here is where to buy ethical sunglasses in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

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Tips when buying sunglasses

When buying glasses ensure that the lenses that are UV400 or above. These will block 99.9% of UVA rays and UVB rays.  If you wear dark glasses that don’t block UVA or UVB rays then you’ll be damaging your eyes more than if you weren’t sunglasses at all. This is because dark glasses cause your pupils to dilate, exposing them to more UVA and UVB rays unless the lenses block them. Additionally polarised lenses can decrease the amount of glare, which can dazzle and strain your vision.

Also make sure that the glasses fit you well and cover your eye sufficiently. Wrap around glasses give the greatest protection. If you think there is light seeping around your glasses then consider the added protection of a hat.

Picking Your Eco Sunglasses

The eco-friendliness of acetate frames

Before we delve into sustainable sunglasses options I want to talk about acetate. You may notice quite a few brands claiming to be sustainable by using acetate frames to make their sunglasses. In theory this material is recyclable and might be biodegradable, but without proper testing or infrastructure for both waste streams it’s really just a pipe dream. You can read more on the eco-friendliness of acetate in this article by fashion blogger Ecocult.

Reused Sunglass Frames

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times reusing materials is (nearly always) the most sustainable option so I’m putting Irish company Buy New Specs at the top of this list because they’ll fit new lenses to existing frames!

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Brands of Wood Sunglasses

I love the look of wood sunglasses and am the proud owner of a pair of a pair from Kildare based Raw Roots. which I wrote a review of on my Patreon page. 

Another Irish supplier of bamboo and sandlewood sunglasses is Dead Fresh. They state that their glasses are made from ethical sourced timber and they donate €1 for every pair sold to the forest protection charity ITF (International Tree Foundation). Their lenses are polarised and you can buy from their website.

Yes another Irish based wood sunglass supplier, amongst other things, is Wood Life Store. They sell handcrafted sunglasses and watches from 100% organic, sustainably farmed wood and work with environmental charities to plant two trees for every item sold.

Other suppliers of these type of sunglasses include;

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Recycled Sunglasses Brands

recycled Irish sunglasses

Crann is an Irish and family owned company offering recycled sunglasses with a lifetime guarantee. Their frames are made from recycled materials, including recycled wood.

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Wishing you many happy years with your new sunglasses. For more sustainable living tips follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Elaine

Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

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