11 Eco-Friendly Sunglasses You Can Wear This Summer & Beyond
Sustainable Sunnies For Those Brighter Days Ahead ☀️
Sunny days are near! And it’s finally time to bring out our favorite sunglasses. We are huge fans of sustainable frames made from eco-friendly and upcycled materials, such as cork, bamboo, and recycled plastics. These brands are not only trendsetters in style but the conscious-consumer movement as well. Each is dedicated to sustainability, customer service, and giving back to people and planet.
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1. Proof Eyewear
Based In | Boise, ID
Eco Materials | FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, & repurposed skateboard decks
Gives Back | Partner with nonprofits & conservations
Price | $65–$114
This Idaho-based brand is all about sustainability and giving back. Proof Eyewear frames are made with eco-friendly and recycled materials, and a portion of each purchase helps various causes, including health and vision clinics around the world. Want to get some shade overseas? Proof has sister sites in Peru, India, and Taiwan.
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2. SOLO Eyewear
Based In | San Diego, CA
Eco Materials | Repurposed bamboo & recycled plastic
Gives Back | Partners with Aravind Eye Care System & Restoring Vision
Price | $59–$99
SOLO Eyewear’s line of trendsetting, adventure-inspired sunglasses started as a college project. Since then, the company has been committed to the mantra #LiveandGive and has restored vision for over 13,000 individuals. By donating 10 percent of profits, SOLO provides eye exams, glasses, and cataract surgeries to those in need. It also offers free shipping & returns in the US.
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Based In | Chico, CA
Eco Materials | Wood & bamboo, recycled skateboards
Gives Back | Glasses recycling program
Price | $25–$240
Woodzee sunglasses combine sophisticated style with nature’s influence. We love the brand’s recycling program, which allows customers to recycle old frames and receive 50 percent off their next order. With a wide variety of stylish sunnies (and lots of colors to choose from) we’re certain everyone will find a pair they love. (The brand offers international shipping too!)
Based In | Flint, Michigan
Eco Materials | Recycled plastic water bottles
Gives Back | One percent of profits to Flint
Price | $99+
Genusee makes its sunglasses in Flint, MI using circular design principles and recycled single-use plastic water bottles. The team is vocal about being a Flint-first company. The brand works with its community by employing formerly incarcerated and low-income individuals and gives back a percentage of profits.
Based In | Washington, USA
Eco Materials | Sustainable bamboo
Gives Back | Various Environmental Initiatives
Price | $120
WearPanda Sunglasses is all about “Fashion with a Purpose.” The sunglasses are made from sustainable bamboo, and each purchase gives back to the community. Panda is dedicated to partnerships that provide employee training and help start eye care centers around the world, and each sale of sunglasses contributes to free exams and prescription glasses. Panda also offers free shipping on every order and even delivers internationally.
6. Sticks & Sparrow
Based In | Melbourne, Australia
Eco Materials | Cork, plant-based acetate, hand-pressed foilage in frames
Gives Back | Commitment to nature
Price | $99–$395 AUD
We love the distinctly Australian style of Sticks & Sparrow sunglasses—all of which come with 100 percent UV protection and scratch-resistant lenses. This brand is committed to sustainable materials and minimizing waste. For the indecisive online shopper, Sticks & Sparrow offers an easy option to try frames on at home before you buy. Though down under, the brand offers international shipping too!
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Based In | New Jersey
Eco Materials | Plant-based acetate (cotton & wood pulp)
Standout Ethic | Inclusivity
Price | $95–$155
Noted by NY Mag as the best sunglasses for low bridges, Covry makes inclusive eyewear for every kind of face. The brand handcrafts its frames using a trademarked Elevated Fit® protocol to maximize comfort, and over forty skilled artisans mold, cut and assemble each frame. Plus it’s women-founded by two high school friends? Yes, please.
Made In | San Francisco
Frame Materials | Recycled plastic
Gives Back | Gives to 1% for the Planet
Price | $48–$98
This proudly independent California brand developed its own sustainable material for sunglasses after seeing how few options were out there. Sunski’s frames are made from scrap plastic that would have otherwise ended up in landfills (so cool). Snag a pair for you and someone you love this summer, and for your littles too if you have ‘em!
9. Bonnie Clyde®
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Eco Materials | Plant-based cellulose acetate
Standout Ethic | Inclusivity, small business
Price | $98–$148
Playful. Bright. Unisex. Is there anything not to love about Bonnie Clyde® sunglasses? Founded by Jon Yuan (an “eyewear protégé”), the brand is committed to family manufacturing, excellent materials, and maintaining a small, independent team (of only four!). These UV protection sunnies are made in the city we know and love well, downtown Los Angeles.
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Based In | Brighton, UK
Eco Materials | Bio-acetate
Gives Back | Provides grants for eye-care programs, carbon offsetting
Price | $119–$174
Pala uses Italian bio-acetate—a 100 percent plant-based, biodegradable material—to create these groovy frames. The brand also works with artisans in Ghana to weave its cases using recycled plastic. As for giving back? Pala works with eye-care projects in Africa. And with free standard shipping worldwide (plus £1 donated towards offsetting the CO2 cost of each delivery), this biz makes our list for sustainable shades.
Based In | New York City, NY
Eco Materials | 95 percent recycled metal
Gives Back | Works with Trees for the Future to plant a new tree for every purchase
Price | $75–$150
Looking to turn heads? Eco glasses are perfect for the trendsetting professional or city-dweller. These frames are as sustainable as they are stylish—the NYC brand uses 95 percent recycled metal, biobased castor seed oil, and recycled ocean plastic for its designs. Oh, and each purchase equals one newly planted tree. Win-win.
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