Don't even pretend you haven't experienced sunglasses envy. But how to find the perfect pair of sustainable sunglasses for your particular style? But up until today, sunglasses were a part of my wardrobe that hadn't caught up to my sustainable ethos. I invested in a few wooden pairs that broke, and/or just weren't that cute, and then switched to mid-priced pairs. Not $10, but neither $120 and eco. Conventional sunglasses are my vice. No more! After spending half the summer turning green with envy at all the utterly cool and creative styles my friends and strangers have been rocking in the city and at festivals, I decided to take another look. And oh my Lord, so many choices! You can now get whatever style you want – aviator, mirrored, cat-eye – in the eco-friendly and ethical version. So don't be tempted by street vendors. Invest in a pair of these transformative pairs (including a couple from Europe and Australia!) that will elicit coos of admiration and blow up your Instagram and Facebook likes.
(EUROPE) Sustainably sourced sunglasses birch ply from England and acetate

(EUROPE) Sustainably sourced birch ply from England and acetate by Termite Eyewear

Zeal Optics' E-llume™ plant-based lenses offer complete protection from UVA, B and C as well as HEV light

Zeal Optics' E-llume™ plant-based lenses offer complete protection from UVA, B and C as well as HEV light

(AUSTRALIA) Bamboo and acetate sunglasses by Sticks & Sparrow

(AUSTRALIA) Bamboo and acetate sunglasses by Sticks & Sparrow

Zeal rigid sunglass frames crafted in Italy from 100% US-grown cotton are fitted with plant-based, polarized e-llume™ lenses

Zeal rigid sunglass frames crafted in Italy from 100% US-grown cotton are fitted with plant-based, polarized e-llume™ lenses

Bamboo frame. Each pair of SOLOs purchased funds eye care for people in need through prescription eyeglasses and sight saving eye surgeries.

Bamboo frame. Each pair of SOLOs purchased funds eye care for people in need through prescription eyeglasses and sight saving eye surgeries

(EUROPE) Made by hand of cellulose acetate

(EUROPE) Waiting for the Sun sunglasses. Made by hand of cellulose acetate

Frame with 20% recycled plastic.Repurposed bamboo logo. Named after the country, Bolivia, where SOLO Eyewear has funded eye care.

Frame with 20% recycled plastic.Repurposed bamboo logo. Named after the country, Bolivia, where SOLO Eyewear has funded eye care

Made from biodegradable acetate. Comes in a recycled leather case and with a smiley cleaning cloth made from recycled PET bottles.

(EUROPE) Dick Moby sunglasses made from biodegradable acetate. Comes in a recycled leather case and with a smiley cleaning cloth made from recycled PET bottles.

Woodzee wood and metal sunglasses finished with wax.

Woodzee wood and metal sunglasses finished with wax.

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(AUSTRALIA) Topheads bamboos sunglasses

(CANADA) Plant-based acetate sunglasses support investment in entrepreneurs to support the local economy

(CANADA) Plant-based acetate sunglasses by Capital Eyewear support investment in local entrepreneurs

WoodRoze sustainably sourced hardwood sunglasses

WoodRoze sustainably sourced hardwood sunglasses

Sustainably harvested hardwood sourced from the USA. Handmade in California

Capital Eyewear sustainably harvested hardwood sourced from the USA. Handmade in California