OUR FAVORITE SUNNIES FOR 2022
A pair of sunnies can be much more than just eye protection – it should be a wardrobe essential to quickly elevate every outfit. This summer, forget the cheap plastic frames and opt for the chic designs from our favorite sustainable eyewear brands, with transparency at the heart of the production. Their eyeglasses are made to last, using eco-conscious and even recycled materials. No matter what your style and taste is, we have everything covered in the list below:
Bonnie Clyde makes playful, high-quality eyewear designed for comfort and dancing. They take pride in their quality and the standards they hold — to be comfortable, built to last, planet-conscious, and sensibly priced.
Eco Materials – Italian plant-based cellulose acetate, widely noted for its light-weight strength and flexibility.
Price Range -$108 – $148
Dedicated to transforming eyewear, Lexxola designs in collaboration with their community to create functional tools built for city life. This includes shifting the focus to future possibilities by creating inclusive, unisex frames that empower their community and help one keep up with the city, all-year-round.
Eco Materials -100% Bio Acetate / Certified Carbon Positive Company as of 2022. Their manufacturing is powered by green energy and mitigates waste through dynamic production and packages using 100% recycled materials.
Price Range – $200 – $250
Sunski makes the best sunglasses on earth for outdoor adventure. They strive to inspire their community to live life in balance with nature and use their small business to raise the bar for sustainable sunglasses.
Eco Materials – Recycled frames, Plastic-Free Packaging, Climate Neutral, 1% for the Planet Member.
Price Range – $48 – $98
Born in reaction to an overpriced and overly serious sunglass market, Crap Eyewear is on a mission to create funky, bioacetate eyewear without the heavy retail markup.
Eco Materials – Bioacetate, a biodegradable and plant-based frame material / Certified Carbon Neutral / Member of 1% for the Planet. Products ship single–use plastic free, and utilize recycled/recyclable paper solutions wherever possible.
Price Range – $59 – $119
Covry makes inclusive eyewear for faces of all shapes and sizes. Their Elevated Fit® frames are created by using measurements from real people- not traditional industry standards. With their focus on comfort, they’re committed to bringing you frames that fit effortlessly. Covry produces in limited small batch runs with attention to every detail. This helps them to reduce waste and create space for fresh, new styles.
Eco Materials – Plant-based acetate (cotton & wood pulp)
Price Range – $95 – $135
Pala Eyewear is designed for those who acknowledge the need for a better future, appreciate the world we live in and embrace the adventure of exploring it. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Pala gives back to eye-care programs across Africa. Pala does this by providing grants directly to vision center dispensaries and screening and training programmes through their charity partner Vision Aid Overseas.
Eco Materials – Plant-based frames, soft bags made from 70% recycled PET (inks are vegan friendly), standard lenses (non-polarized) are 39% resin of plant origin
Price Range – $140 – $160
AKILA is an independent eyewear brand from Los Angeles focused on handmade, limited-run eyewear. Their partnership with Eden Projects helps restore healthy forests and reduce extreme poverty by providing fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. For each pair of glasses sold on the AKILA website, they plant a tree in partnership with the Eden Reforestation Projects.
Eco Materials – Plant-based cellulose acetate, Akila has worked to eliminate all plastic from their packaging materials to create a 100% sustainable package, complete with recycled paper labels and a cork leather carrying case.
Price Range – $80 – $160
Proof Eyewear provides products handcrafted from sustainable materials including sustainably-sourced wood, biodegradable cotton-based acetate, and recycled aluminum. They stand firm on the principles of Sustainability and Giving Back and refocused its give-back initiatives in 2021 to planting 5 trees for every frame sold through the Eden Reforestation Project.
Eco Materials – Biodegradable cotton-based acetate, recycled aluminum, sustainably-sourced wood
Price Range – $95 – $105
Woodzee is committed to striving to utilize materials that are renewable and tries to always keep their environmental impact in mind when producing products. They began their recycle program initiative in 2013 that allows customers to recycle their used sunglasses.
Eco Materials – Recycled paper stock packaging, brushed cotton soft pouch, and natural plant based plastics
Price Range – $35 – $245
Genusee eyewear is Made in Flint, Michigan from recycled plastic water bottles as a result of the Flint Water Crisis. They are able to upcycle 15 water bottles with every purchase. With Genusee’s unique Buy-Back Program, customers are able to give back their old sunglasses to get credit towards their next pair. The used pair will then be recycled back into their supply chain, refurbished and resold at a discount to a value customer, or donated to those in need. 1% of net profits are being donated to the Community Fund of Greater Flint.
Eco Materials – 100% post-consumer recycled water bottles (rPET)
Price Range – $99 – $325