Welcome to the world of sustainable eyewear! If you're looking for a new pair of sunglasses for the upcoming summer, then you've come to the right place. The following companies go beyond style to embrace an environmental ethic that stands out in an industry mostly focused on cheap plastic production. Instead, these sunglasses are made from recycled, repurposed, renewable, or bio-based materials. Better yet, many of the companies donate a portion of sales to charities that provide eye care in developing countries.
Dizm Eyewear is based in Hermosa Beach, California. The company prides itself in selling sunglasses that offer all the usual features consumers want -- polarized lenses, 100% UV protection, and durable stainless steel hinges -- but without the petroleum-based plastic frames that continue to fuel global dependence on oil.
Instead, Dizm makes its frames from plant-based BioSan plastic, which is biodegradable, recyclable, compostable, and renewable. If you choose from its line of Eco lenses, those are also made from 50% renewable plant-based plastic.
The Eco Collection has both handmade and injected options that range in price from $70 - $125. Order online.