Noticing the light staying longer in the evening hours gives us a sense of hopeful excitement and preparation for the so called good season. Although we are the biggest fan of cozy, snuggling, sit-by-the-fire-with-a-hot-cocoa wintery time, when the calendar hits April, we are impatient to see a little more of the almost forgotten sun and activate the low levels of vitamin D in our body.
Good news is we’re almost there and since Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared to welcome spring and summer we might as well buy a new pair of sunglasses to give it a little encouragement. Not any kind of course! At Luxiders we believe Eco+Ethics+Style is no conundrum so here’s a good list of the hottest eco-friendly, good quality eyewear brands to happily and lightheartedly indulge into!
Uptitude. A Austro-Italian collaboration based in Innsbruck, Uptitude has been created on the idea to give new life to snowboards. The result is a wide range of colourful, handmade sunglasses made of upcycled boards. The founders believe in offering a truly high quality product, therefore they drove extensively around Austria and Italy to find the best joinery workshop of Trentino Alto Adige to set their production.
Solo Eyerwear. The concept behind this brand was developed as an entrepreneurship class project at San Diego State University: creating environmentally responsible sunglasses that restore vision for people in need. Following the mantra One idea. One person. One action can change the world, Solo has until now restored vision for over 13,000 people in need across 32 countries. In addition to their vision restoring efforts, Solo also utilizes recycled and repurposed materials in the construction of its eyewear.
Panda (Sunglasses & Watches). Started in 2012 from the combined effort of three college friends, their Kickstarter campaign obtained a great result creating a real bamboo sunglasses craze. Panda is built around the concept of Fashion with a Purpose and that is expressed through the use of sustainable bamboo but also in the commitment to give back thanks to numerous projects such as Gift of Vision, Pencils of Promise and Gift of Education.
Hemp Eyewear. Currently on Kickstarter, this brand offers an innovative alternative to already seen sustainable materials, primarily implementing hemp, one of the most renewable and diverse resource on Earth. Based in their Scottish workshop located in the Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh, product designer Sam Whitten develops a unique process which is highly artisanal yet innovative. Every pair is slightly different creating the much sought one of a kind effect.
Bamboozz. Barcelona-based brand Bamboozz targets environmentally aware consumers providing high quality, handcrafted consumers with a wide range of eco-sunglasses made of Bamboo, Wood and skateboard wood. They believe in providing an unparalleled buying experience and in educating people to eco-friendly practices for example offering tips on recycling.
Wooed. One of the best Californian brand of wooden sunglasses, Wooed is clear on the commitment made to their costumers to provide a highly sustainable product of excellent manufacturing at the best price! The brand uses reclaimed wood or sustainable harvested bamboo and contributes with part of the profit to the reforestation process.
Moat House Eyewear. British label Moat House operates on a slow-production basis, using local suppliers and completing most of the manufacturing in house, being able to meet the demand of their costumers with a fully flexible production. Wherever possible the brand utilizes reclaimed wood but otherwise implements fully certified sustainable wood. The cuts are made with laser to keep wood waste to a minimum. The green commitment is also pursued through participation in reforestation projects.
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Colin Leslie. An established business producing eyewear made from ethically sourced bamboo from China and Hong Kong and recycle acetate. Their trendy frames are inspired by Asian design and have become through the years synonym for street style, simplicity and sustainability.
In 2012, CLE had its very first showcase participating with a great response to London Fashion Week and as a result many celebrities have started sponsoring the label.
Proof. The result of a failed bamboo ski pole idea, Proof started in its founder’s garage with one laptop and a rack of sunglasses. The brand soon took off and established itself as pioneer in sustainable eyewear. The handcrafted products are made of sustainable materials including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and repurposed skateboard decks. The brand’s values embrace the idea of being global citizens by doing good around the world; the bird logo represents this. Another key principle –along with heritage and sustainability- is giving back; the efforts in helping others have affected people from Idaho to the other side of the world.
Dick Moby. Surfers and ocean lovers Tim and Robbert are the founders of Dick Moby. Their motto Quality is key, sustainability is king is a testament to their commitment to a positive impact. These glasses produced in Italy by a company called Mazzucchelli, are made of recycled acetate and bio-based acetate. But the sustainable approach is not limited to frames and it involves also cleaning cloths made of recycled plastic from bottles and the recycled leather cases.
Drift. Unique aesthetic meets innovative materials. This Chicago based brand believes in giving voice to design. From the sourcing of sustainable hardwoods, the engineering of a new process, or a partnership with a meaningful non-profit, Drift makes sure to leave an impactful mark.
Feb31.The Italian brand FEB31 is born on the idea to create something so revolutionary it could be difficult to believe it exists, like the day 31st on February. In the production of their glasses high quality craftsmanship (70% of their work is made of craftsmen), workers’ rights, sustainable practice and high flexibility of choices for the consumers are all taken into consideration. Feb31 produces only made to order but with a high-speed process. For a product who symbolizes powerful change.
Bohten. Bohten produces a full range of eyewear made of reclaimed material sourced from Africa and produced in North America. Nana Osei, founder of the brand, aims to reunite in the brand her Ghanaian roots. The designer has a clear purpose of reducing waste though developing a compost management initiative based on the use of agricultural waste. The brand has also partnered with Sightsavers, donating for every pair sold a percentage of the profit to support the charity’s work in developing countries such as Ghana.
+ Words: Simona Campli