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The best sustainably made sunglasses for summer

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8 popular styles of sustainable sunglasses

Want to shield your eyes from the sun while also looking out for the planet? You can choose from many styles of sunglasses made by sustainable brands. When shopping for ethical eyewear, consider materials, recyclability and the company’s transparency about its products.

Check out the following eight sustainable sunglasses styles you can feel good about sporting this summer.

1. Proof Eyewear Caldera Aluminum

These geometric sunglasses are handcrafted from recycled aluminum. They are BPA-free. And the company plants five trees in Africa for each sunglasses sale.

These affordable, sustainable sunglasses cost $95. They come in two colors: gold with green polarized lenses or matte silver with silver mirror polarized lenses.

Other key features:

Proof Eyewear is a family business based  in Boise, Idaho. This sustainable eyewear company also donates to charities around the world.

2. Ozeano Wategos 

These sustainable polarized sunglasses are made of plant-based acetate. The material is made from cotton fibers, wood pulp and organic dyes. Ozeano sunglasses are recyclable and biodegradable in 115 days. 

They are made by hand and come with a cork case and an organic cotton pouch. Every purchase pays to clean up more than 25 pounds of ocean plastic.

Ozeano Wategos modern, unisex sunglasses cost $249. They come in four colors: black, clear, light brown and tortoiseshell.

Other key features:

  • Anti-reflective lenses

  • Anti-scratch coating

  • Water, dirt and grease repellant

  • Metal double hinges and teflon-coated screws for durability

Ozeano is an Australian sustainable eyewear company. They ship worldwide and are transparent about their certifications, materials and supply chain.

3. Costa Santiago

Costa Santiago men’s sustainable polarized sunglasses are made from recycled fishing nets. They are part of Costa’s Untangled collection of sustainable frames. And they feature free green shipping. 

These sustainable sunglasses frames are available in black. You have a choice of three colors of glass polarized lenses: blue, green and sunrise silver mirror. They start at $229.

Other key features:

Costa’s Untangled collection is a great choice if you’re looking for high-quality, sustainable sunglasses.

4. Mita Milano

These sustainable sunglasses for men or women are made of recycled aluminum. They have acetate temple tips and sustainable lenses. The company uses recycled water bottles to make its sunglasses. Each pair comes with a case and a cleaning cloth made from recycled materials.

Mita Milano sunglasses are an edgy aviator style with a geometric shape. They cost $149 and come in three frame-and-lens color choices. Matte gold with brown gradient lenses, matte silver with smoky gray gradient lenses, and matte gunmetal with gold and blue lenses. They’re also available with prescription lenses.

Mita is a sustainable eyewear brand founded in Miami. They are on a mission to raise recycling rates in Europe and the United States. They use five recycled water bottles to make one pair of sunglasses.

5. Coral Eyewear Rose Albacore

These Coral Eyewear sunglasses are made from fishing nets and recycled plastic. They are handcrafted in Italy, wrapped with plastic-free packaging. And they are shipped using carbon neutral shipping. They come with a recycled plastic case. The company will also take back their sunglasses for recycling.

The Rose Albacore sunglasses are literally rose-colored glasses. These pink frames are available with blue, gold or red polarized lenses. They start at around $200.

Other key features:

  • Scratch-resistant lenses

  • Available with prescription lenses

Coral Eyewear is a UK-based company. They partner with other sustainable companies and offer transparency about their sustainability practices.

6. Woodzee Summerland

These affordable sunglasses from Woodzee are made from plant-based plastics created from wood and cotton fibers. They can be recycled through the Woodzee recycling program.

The Woodzee Summerland style costs $50 and comes in three color choices. Gloss black with brown lenses, tortoise with red lenses and yellow tortoise with gray lenses.

Other key features:

  • Stainless steel spring hinges for durability

  • Three-year warranty for manufacturer defects

Woodzee states that the company always tries to protect the environment. They use sustainable and recycled materials for their eyewear and accessories. They also offer a recycling program.

7. Arnette Agent Z

The Arnette Agent Z sunglasses are part of the Zayn x Arnette line of sustainable sunglasses. The line is a collaboration between British pop star Zayn Malik and the well-known eyewear brand. Agent Z sunglasses are made with bio-based materials. They come with a pouch, case and cleaning cloth made partly from recycled materials.

The trendy gender neutral Agent Z sunglasses cost $99 and are available in six colors. These include several colorful and attention-grabbing gradient color combinations. For example, one option is gradient gray, red and black frames with yellow lenses. Another is gradient green, blue and purple with dark green lenses.

Other key features:

  • Adjustable nose pads

  • Can be fitted with prescription lenses

The Zayn x Arnette collection includes a variety of other colorful sustainable sunglasses styles as well as fashion-forward eco-friendly eyeglasses.

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8. Roshambo Bueller Black Junior Shades

Roshambo Junior Shades sustainable kids’ sunglasses are non-toxic and made in Italy from eco-friendly materials. They are unbreakable for safety and are free of lead, BPA, latex and other toxic materials.

Roshambo Bueller Black Junior Shades are available with non-toxic black frames. Lens options include a variety of mirrored colors, including blue, green, purple and chrome.

Other key features:

  • Ultra lightweight design

  • Full damage and lens replacement guarantee

Roshambo also makes a variety of other styles of sustainable kids’ sunglasses. They also offer similar indestructible, colorful shades for teens and adults. So the whole family can protect their eyes in sustainable style.

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