The majority of eco-friendly shades are fashioned from bamboo. Taking only three to seven years to reach maturity while many other types of wood need decades, bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, regenerating eight times faster than hardwood. In addition to being moisture-resistant and having a tensile strength greater than steel, harvesting bamboo will not kill the plant. These qualities combine to make bamboo a great, certifiably “green” choice for eyewear.
Another popular material for eco sunglasses is castor oil-derived plastics. According to Raconteur, castor plants are “non-GMO and can grow on poor soil in semi-arid areas using little water and very few pesticides.” Castor oil is a popular and especially chic choice for eco eyewear, with Gucci and Stella McCartney both offering lines of castor-based sunglasses.
Eco-conscious sunglasses provide a distinct eyewear choice to consumers looking to live an all-green lifestyle.