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26 Jun
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More Ethical and Sustainable Sunglasses That Leave Others In The Shade

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Sunglasses are a year-round essential, but finding more ethical and sustainable sunnies can be tricky. Here’s our top picks for responsibly-made sunglasses you’ll love.

Make a more sustainable statement with sunglasses

There’s no denying it, sunglasses are an all-year essential and a fashion statement to boot. Whether you’re headed to the beach on a sunny day or taking a walk through the park when it’s overcast, harmful UV rays can cause damage to your eyes if you aren’t doing your best to protect them. Not to mention, sunnies are the ultimate stylish accessory that can give your outfit the cool factor it’s craving. But cheap, fast fashion sunglasses are usually made of that highly polluting and unsustainable material we wish we could see the back of (but literally never will)—plastic.

Thankfully, there are better options, and more ethical and sustainable sunglasses are but a click away. Made from lower-impact materials like bio acetate, recycled plastic, and bamboo, you can confidently rock these looks and be ready to drop names when people ask where you got them. So to help keep you looking great—and seeing better—here are the best more sustainable sunglasses by brands rated “Good” or “Great” that leave others in the shade.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
Black and gold chain sunglasses made by Stella McCartney.

Chain Link Square Frame Sunglasses – Ships internationally from the UK

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some lower-impact materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition.

Find most items in sizes 34-52.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVRSustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

Wires

Rated: Good
Black-rimmed, red lens sunglasses responsibly-made by Wires.

Goddard Sunglasses – Ships internationally from the UK

Wires is a London based eyewear brand that creates beautiful styles from a single piece of metal wire and 3D printed parts.

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Shop Wires.

Shop Wires @ Rêve en Vert.

Amour Vert

Rated: Good
Simple grey responsibly-made sunglasses by Amour Vert.

Carla Colour Stellar Sunglasses – Ships to Australia, United States, Canada, Europe, and the UK from the US

Amour Vert creates beautiful, more 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 lower-impact materials and promotes an anti-waste strategy.

The range is available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Amour Vert.

Afends

Rated: Good
Tortoiseshell sunglasses made by Afends.

Platinum J Sunglasses – Ships internationally from Australia

Born in Byron Bay, Australia, Afends is a responsible brand leading the way in hemp fashion. Drawing inspiration from the environment, streetwear, and surf culture, Afends’ mission is to create more sustainable clothing through innovation, action, and positive change. As true hemp advocates, they purchased 100 acres of farmland called Sleepy Hollow to grow their own hemp crops and ignite the hemp revolution.

Find most of the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Afends.

Kampos

Rated: Good
Black round classic more sustainable sunglasses by Kampos.

Round Sunglasses – Ships internationally from Italy

Kampos is a luxurious Italian brand that believes in creating a world with integrity and conscience now and for future generations. The brand aims to raise awareness of over-fishing and marine pollution and offers consumers unique pieces that are made of recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets, and other lower-impact organic fabrics.

Find most products in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Kampos.

Colorful Standard

Rated: Good
Clear orange and brown biodegradable sunglasses by Colorful Standard.

Sunglasses 01 – Ships internationally from Denmark

Colorful Standard is a Danish clothing brand that makes organic fashion essentials for men and women. The brand doesn't care much for seasons or trends, instead, it creates timeless and long-lasting products to avoid the downward spiral that is over-consumption.

Find most items in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Colorful Standard.

Elk

Rated: Good
Teal and black print thick framed Kittan sunglasses by ELK.

Kittan Sunglasses – Ships internationally from

A pioneer of independent Australian design, Elk was founded in Melbourne in 2004. Elk creates bi-annual collections that are informed by a design ethos where simplicity and sustainability meet innovation.

Find most items in AU sizes 6-18.

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Shop Elk.

NIKIN

Rated: Good
Nikin's black and brown retro-cool sunglasses.

TreeGlasses Retro – Ships internationally from Switzerland

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear their morals, look no further than Swiss brand NIKIN. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a NIKIN product, you also get to show your tree pride.

Products are available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop NIKIN.

LaBante

Rated: Good
Wooden cat eye sunglasses by La Bante.

Padauk Wood Poppy Cats Eyes Sunglasses – Ships internationally from the UK

LaBante is a London-based luxury designer that offers 100% vegan bags, wallets, and accessories that are responsibly produced.

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Shop LaBante.

RIANNA + NINA

Rated: Good
Colourful and white blue lens sunglasses more sustainably made by RIANNA + NINA.

Sunglasses Bolero – Ships internationally from Germany

RIANNA + NINA produces colourful, vintage-inspired collections including loose silk dresses, kimono coats, and versatile blouses.

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1 People

Rated: Good
Brown wayfarer shape sunglasses made by 1 People.

Wayfarer Sunglasses – Ships internationally from Denmark

1 People is a Danish-designed lifestyle and luxury brand. It blends Scandinavian colour palettes and minimalist design to create effortlessly elegant collections for the conscious-minded. Its pieces are thoughtfully crafted by small family-run manufacturers using lower-impact and certified materials.

Find the collection in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop 1 People.

Shop 1 People @ Cerqular.

POLITE WORLDWIDE

Rated: Good
Light yellow marble print acetate sunglasses by POLITE WORLDWIDE.

Terra Ivory Marble Acetate – Ships internationally from the US

POLITE WORLDWIDE is an eyewear brand that believes in being polite to our planet and ourselves with positive vibes only.

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Shop POLITE WORLDWIDE.

LUNA & ROSE

Rated: Good
Sustainable leopard print cat eye sunglasses by LUNA & ROSE

Brigette Choc Tort Sunglasses – Ships internationally from New Zealand

LUNA & ROSE is a lifestyle accessories label that houses beautiful jewellery made from 99% recycled silver and more.

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Shop LUNA & ROSE @ Urbankissed.

Shop LUNA & ROSE.

Gucci (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
A black and cat eye pair of second hand sunglasses by Gucci.

Pre-Owned Gucci Sunglasses – Ships internationally

Founded in 1921, Gucci is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces menswear, womenswear, as well as shoes, bags, and other accessories. The brand has good policies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but still uses exotic animal skin. The good news is that you can find many of Gucci's modern luxury pieces second hand.

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Shop Gucci Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Editor's note

Feature image via Holly Ryan, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. We love to recommend some of the best more sustainable brands, rated "Good" or "Great". We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands.

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