It’s summer – and suddenly many of us realize that we still need to buy that perfect pair of sunnies. We have good news for all those looking to buy a sustainable pair: the choice of ethical sunglasses is actually pretty impressive! Even if sunnies are a “must have” in your accessories, we shouldn’t forget that they are also a way of protecting your eyes. VEPSI found for you 13 brands offering stylish, safe and sustainable sunnies! Let’s talk about SUN baby!
The monkeyglasses® are made from biodegradable raw materials such as cotton acetate, which consists of more than 95% cotton flowers and wood pulp. With their Nordic style, monkeyglasses® apply their “look good while doing good” philosophy.
The brand is very focused on the zero waste objective: the waste generated by the production of eyewear frames is transformed into accessories. The glasses cases are also specially manufactured for monkeyglass® eyewear from recycled paper.
2. Monokel Eyewear
Monokel Eyewear is a sustainable unisex sunglasses brand based in Stockholm, Sweden. The main material of their frames is a top quality herbal acetate, and all black frames are made of recycled acetate. Each frame is handcrafted with great attention to detail through a process that takes more than three months. Monokel Eyewear’s philosophy is a blend of simplicity and functionality, curiosity and creativity. The elegance of minimalism!
Because it’s hard to find a pair of frames that fit comfortably to your face without sliding down your nose, Covry has created Elevated Fit®. All the glasses are designed in New York, the brand’s source of inspiration. Pops of color mixed with a more classic style define the Covry look.
Specialized craftsmen work meticulously to create exceptional handmade glasses. All frames are made with cellulose acetate of vegetable origin. This natural material gives each frame a particular pattern, guaranteeing its uniqueness. Each pair has its own vegan leather case. A brand we discovered thanks to our #VEPSIambassador @chloe.kian <3
GOBI is a sunglasses brand based in Amsterdam and inspired by the mystery of the desert, a fascination for travel. Every year, GOBI launches a new unisex collection that combines a modern and timeless look. The frames are designed in the spirit of constant renewal of shape, finish and colour.
GOBI uses cellulose acetate as the main material for sunglasses; a hypoallergenic polymer derived from wood pulp and natural cotton fibres. It is an environmentally friendly product. To obtain the highest quality acetate, the raw material is produced, dried and manufactured by hand. The higher the quality of the acetate, the better the shine and transparency of the frames.
Sea2See manually separates and selects the different types of plastic waste to be recycled for reuse as a raw material. Their recycled raw material, Cradle to Cradle Certified – Gold, is sent to Italy to manufacture 100% of their lenses. All their glasses are 100% made in Italy, meeting the quality requirements of all optical markets. The brand also collaborated with actor and activist Javier Bardem and his wife Penelope Cruz.
PEEP offers pairs of vintage glasses: each unique piece is lovingly restored to its former glory and the sunglasses are equipped with new 100% UVA/UVB lenses.
Customize your glasses with their tailored service – you can choose your own shade color or write a prescription. The frames are supplied with a new case and cleaning cloth made from recycled PET plastic bottles. Sustainability is at the heart of the brand: PEEP offers a re-glazing and renovation service. The brand is working with the charity Trees for Cities to plant a tree for every pair of glasses sold. Our #VEPSIambassador @ethicalunicorn supports this brand!
In’Bô is a workshop dedicated to the design and manufacture of innovative products made of wood and natural materials. Founded by 5 friends who are passionate about wood, adventure and outdoor sports. Located in the heart of the Vosges, the brand studies, designs and manufactures its products there. At In’Bô, you will only see raw materials from local suppliers and craftsmen who are passionate about their work. The brand uses local wood species processed in the region and collects the bamboos themselves in Anduze. For street sports enthusiasts, In’Bô also manufactures wooden skateboards and longboards and bamboo bicycles.
MADE IN FRANCE ! MOU is a reflection of the values and traditions of the Basque region in which the company is based. The brand’s aim is to offer the best quality glasses, from the sunglasses range to the optical range, guaranteeing the comfort of a lighter and trendier frame. MOU wants to transmit an ecological and environmentally friendly way of life with its handcrafted wooden glasses with the greatest care. In an eco-responsible way, they work with several materials such as solid wood. MOU is committed to Reforest’Action to protect degraded forest ecosystems. A pair of glasses purchased = A tree planted.
With the trend of vintage that is exploding, LUNETIST offers a selection of glasses from the 1930s to the 1980s. Celia, the founder, travels through the flea markets to find unique and precious pieces that have been forgotten by time. All the frames chosen are of excellent quality due to the noble materials (wood, gold plated, gold laminated) and the origin of the frames, manufactured in France or Europe.
All glasses are dismantled and polished for 2 hours. Screws, sleeves and inserts are changed. Sun lenses are new organic lenses made in France by Novac. The brand gives particular importance to transparency: knowing the materials, the origin, the traceability of your pair is essential.
Neubau is an independent eyewear brand with a distinctly urban style offering a wide choice of optical frames and sunglasses. All frames are designed, developed and manufactured in Austria.
The frames are made of polymer from naturalPX, an environmentally friendly material made from organic and renewable raw materials, 65% of which is extracted from the seeds of ricin plants.
The conscious use of resources and Austrian regional production are at the heart of the brand’s efforts. From their frames to packaging, printing and in-store equipment, the brand is committed to the environment and also supports non-profit projects that revitalize nature in urban areas.
A killer style for men and women!
11. Sticks & Sparrow
Sticks & Sparrow is an Australian brand that smells like sunshine and is committed to using sustainable materials that not only minimize waste but also provide new applications for nature’s underutilized renewable resources. Glasses that have a strong connection with nature.
In order to bring out their natural beauty and raw appearance, the frames are handcrafted from sustainable materials treated with stains and varnishes. They are also equipped with 100% UV-resistant, scratch-resistant and UV-resistant lenses to protect against the elements, then packed in individual microfibre pouches and protective pressed cork cases. At VEPSI we like it too much!
12. Waiting For The Sun
Waiting For The Sun is a company built on the friendship of Antoine and Julien and their optical development expert Sébastien. The brand offers affordable wooden sunglasses with a focus on innovation and materials.
In this constant search for new materials Waiting For The Sun has designed new sunglasses, developed and patented in bois2. bois2 is a new generation bioplastic, 100% biodegradable, 100% recyclable. It has the same mechanical properties as a traditional acetate and is completely free of oil or other carcinogens.
13. Pala Eyewear
We discovered Pala eywear thanks to our #VEPSIambassador Nina Botzen. The brand offers a beautiful selection of sustainable sunglasses: Hipster, sporty, elegant… there is something for everyone! Most glasses are made from recycled acetate – made from cotton and upcycled wood fibers – and don’t contain any plastic. Each pair comes with a pouch made from recycled plastics and manufactured by an NGO in Ghana. And there is more: For every pair of glasses sold, they donate a part to their social partners, especially in Ghana, and their packaging is 100% recycled and certified “FSC MIX”.