How many pairs of sunglasses have you lost? Think about the last time you did lose a pair. Where was it? What do you think those glasses are doing now? Is it good for the planet? Are there sustainable sunglasses?
How many have I lost? Too many too count. I feel awful about it, which is why I am doing something about it. You should, too.
Where do our sunglasses go when we lose them? What happens to them? Plastic and rubber sunglasses can take hundreds or thousands of years to break down, all the while they are leaking contaminates into the surrounding environment. Leaking poison, essentially. What’s worse, they will leach those same toxins into your body as you wear them.
How can you limit the spreading of these toxic through your body and our precious environment? One simple and cheap way is to change the type of sunglasses you buy and use. There are now many different types of sustainable sunglasses you can wear, even lose, without feeling like you wrecked the planet.
Sunglasses made from wood, bamboo or other naturally occuring materials won’t harm the environment anymore than a wooden stick or other type of plant matter. In fact, there is arguably a net positive effect from contributing the organic matter to the ecosystem. Lose your sunglasses and you’re creating compost full of nutrients. How awesome is that?
Some Options for Sustainable Sunglasses
In the next few paragraphs, I’m going to highlight some of the best sustainable sunglasses available and give some information on each. Thankfully, there is a growing market for eco-friendly sunglasses. Imaging the number of toxic glasses that are piling up in the environment each year.
4est Shades Polarized Lenses Wood Sunglass, Brown Maple, Smoke Black
These are eekolab favorites. Handmade from 100% natural cherry wood, 4est will plant 2 TREES with every purchase. Not only are the sunglasses eco-friendly, so is the company. The lenses are polarized and have anti-glare with UV400 protection. They also float, so instead of having to buy a new pair when they fly off while jet skiing, you just circle around and pick them up. Nothing is more sustainable than reducing your consumption.
4est Shades Polarized Lenses Wood Sunglass, Brown Maple, Smoke Black come with a free bamboo case, cloth pouch and micofiber cloth. A 100% money back guarantee ensures you’ll be satisfied or reimbursed. These are the pinnacle of eco-friendly sunglasses.
WOODIES Walnut Wood Polarized Sunglasses
How much more classy can you get? Friggin’ walnut sunglasses. WOODIES Walnut Wood Sunglasses with Polarized Lenses are really sharp looking and receive rave reviews. They offer both 100% real walnut wood arms and each pair has its own wood striations. The hinges are stainless steel, which is both durable and sturdy. Each pair comes with polarized lenses, a carrying case and a microfiber lens cleaning cloth with a bonus wood guitar pick.
LogoLenses Men’s Bamboo Wood Arms Classic Sunglasses
One of the great thing about many environmentally-friendly sunglasses is their price. These LogoLenses Men’s Bamboo Wood Arms Classic Sunglasses Black are one of the cheapest pair of sunglasses you can find. And instead of being made entirely of plastic, they have bamboo arms. Bamboo is a renewable resource that actually contributes nutrients to the environment as it breaks down in the off chance you lose them.
Eco-Friendly Sunglasses Are Here
There are no longer any excuses. You can either pollute every time you lose your glasses, or contribute to natural compost. Cost certainly isn’t an issue, as you can see. Do the right thing and buy sustainable glasses. The future depends on it.