5 Sizzling Sustainable Sunglasses For Soaking in the Rays
Dragon AlliancePhoto credit: Dragon Alliance
Surfer Rob Machado played muse to Dragon Alliance, which drew inspiration from the athlete's life to create the Rob Machado Experience. The E.C.O. (Environmentally Conscious Optics) is the first pair of sunglasses made from 100 percent renewable origin, according to Dragon, although the company's Web site doesn't go into detail about what those materials are, so caveat emptor.
KayuPhoto credit: Kayu Kayu, which we've featured before on TreeHugger, makes its sunglasses from bamboo, a fact that didn't impress our writer Warren McLaren so much as the company's largesse to Unite for Sight, a nonprofit that works towards eliminating preventable blindness.
Kayu donates a generous $50 for each pair of $180 sunglasses sold to fund sight-restoring surgery in the developing world.
iWoodPhoto credit: iWood
No sustainable eyewear roundup would be complete without iWood, a collection of frames comprising Forestry Stewardship Council-certified exotic woods like Bubinga, Macassar Ebony, and Sapele Pommele. The company also employs an unlikely workforce: American high school students, who cut and shape the wood panels, bind the layers with formaldehyde-free glue, and coat them in zero-VOC finishes to earn college credits.