10 Aug

7 Ethical Eyewear Brands That Leave Others In The Shade

Whether they’re helping us see better or protecting our eyes from ultraviolet rays, glasses are an all-year essential! To help keep you looking great, and seeing better, here are seven ethical eyewear brands rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ on the Good On You app that leave others in the shade.

Dresden Optics

Rated: Good

Dresden Optics make prescription glasses simpler and less pricey, using universal and interchangeable frames. The brand uses recycled plastic from materials like milk bottle tops, collected from cafes as well as fully recyclable nylon, such as in these Clear Frost glasses. All of its glasses can be recycled into other products, as part of the brand’s own closed-loop recycling system.

Mimco

Rated: Good

Hydro Sunglass | | Ships internationally

Mimco, part of the Country Road Group is committed to making more conscious choices. The brand is taking steps to reduce its environmental impact and makes sure its product are long-lasting. It also received the top score for its Supplier Code of Conduct in the 2018 Ethical Fashion report, ensuring the ethical treatment of its workers in its supply chain.

Komodo

Rated: Good

North London-based Komodo designs collections with just the right balance of contemporary and timeless style. We love these Zaragoza sunglasses which are made from recycled materials and bamboo. The brand also ensures fair labour through a strong Supplier Code of Conduct and ensures a living wage.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Amber Icy Ice Sunglasses | | Ships internationally

Stella McCartney, the British luxury fashion designer and member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, is committed to operating a modern and responsible business. It traces and audits suppliers and has set up a strategy to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. The brand also aims to eliminates hazardous chemicals by 2020. These Amber Icy Ice sunglasses are made with bio acetate.

studio JUX

Rated: Great

Bonin Sunglasses | | Ships internationally

Studio JUX (which means ‘fun’ or ‘having a laugh’ in German) believes fashion and a sustainable lifestyle should be fun and enjoyable for everyone. The brand uses a range of eco-friendly materials and ensures ethical labour and living wage through a Supplier Code of Conduct and regular tracing of its suppliers.  These gorgeous Bonin sunglasses are made from cotton-based biodegradable acetate.

Amour Vert

Rated: Good

Barton Cat Eye Sunglasses | | Ships internationally

Amour Vert creates beautiful sustainable staples in San Francisco, California. Its final stage of production is done in the US and it works closely with suppliers in all of its supply chain. The brand also uses only eco-friendly materials and promotes a zero-waste strategy. For a cool retro look, try these Barton Cat Eye sunglasses, made from wood pulp and cotton acetate.

TWOTHIRDS

Rated: Good

Vivara Dark Tortoise | | Ships internationally

TWOTHIRDS sees itself as a brand for people who are awake and aware of the immense value of our oceans, but also have a thirst for style and substance. It manufactures all its products locally to reduce its carbon footprint, as well as audits all of its final stage production. These classic shades are made from Mazzucelli M49 — an Italian, biodegradable acetate.

Editor's note: Feature image via Twothirds. Other images via brands mentioned.

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