woman wearing sustainable sunglasses by Holly Ryan next to a bust also wearing sunglasses
22 Jan
woman wearing sustainable sunglasses by Holly Ryan next to a bust also wearing sunglasses

Ethical and Sustainable Sunglasses That Leave Others In The Shade

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! So to help keep you looking great—and seeing better—here are the best sustainable sunglasses by brands rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ that leave others in the shade.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
sustainable and eco-friendly black cat eye sunglasses by Stella McCartney

Cat Eye Sunglasses – Ships internationally from the UK

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 gorgeous Cat Eye sunglasses are made with bio acetate.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Labell-D.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

Wires

Rated: Good

Half-Moon 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.

Dresden

Rated: Good
sustainable upcycled milk bottles white sunglasses by Dresden

Clear Frost Prescription Sunglasses – Ships internationally from Germany

Dresden makes prescription glasses and sunglasses simpler and less pricey. Universal, recyclable, interchangeable frames with Zeiss lenses. 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.

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Shop Dresden.

Komodo

Rated: Good
Sustainable wooden and black bamboo sunglasses by Komodo

Tivoli Sunglasses – Ships internationally from the UK

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 pays a living wage.

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Shop Komodo @ Staiy.

Shop Komodo @ Immaculate Vegan.

Shop Komodo.

studio JUX

Rated: Great
Transparent green large sunglasses by Studio JUX

Cleo 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 big frame green sunglasses are made from cotton-based biodegradable acetate.

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Shop Studio JUX.

Amour Vert

Rated: Good
Transparent orange cat eye eco sunglasses by Amour Vert

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

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 Stella sunglasses, handmade in Italy and offering 100% UVA + UVB protection.

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Shop Amour Vert.

TWOTHIRDS

Rated: Good
Classic shape tortoiseshell sunglasses by ethical brand TWOTHIRDS

Lido Sunglasses – Ships internationally from Spain

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.

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Shop TWOTHIRDS.

Elk

Rated: Good
ethical grey sunglasses with purple lenses by ELK

Ara Glitter 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. Get your glitter on with these plant-based plastic square sunglasses.

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Shop Elk.

Holly Ryan

Rated: Good
quirky gold transparent ethical sunglasses with rose gold squiggle arms by Holly Ryan

Amber Squiggle Sunglasses – Ships internationally from Australia

Thoughtfully designed, handcrafted jewellery. Quiet luxury for the modern mind. If something you purchase from Holly Ryan has lost its lustre, the brand offers an in-house repair service and also invites you to return the pieces you no longer wear. That’s the kind of circularity we love to see! The brand also designs sunglasses, like these unique oversized amber glasses with squiggle arms.

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Shop Holly Ryan.

Pala Eyewear

Rated: Good
Rudo sustainable sunglasses made ethically by Pala Eyewear via Curate

Rudo Sunglasses – Ships internationally from the UK

Pala Eyewear offers high quality, long-lasting eyewear while committing to minimise the company’s impact on the planet. These unisex Rudo sunglasses are in an ever-trendy rounded shape to carry you through many seasons!

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Shop Pala Eyewear @ Curate.

Shop Pala Eyewear @ Immaculate Vegan.

Shop Pala Eyewear.

LaBante

Rated: Good
sustainable wooden sunglasses by La Bante

Rosewood Patterson Wayfarer Sunglasses – Ships internationally from the UK

LaBante is a London-based luxury designer that offers 100% vegan bags, wallets, and accessories that are sustainably and ethically produced. These sustainable wooden sunglasses and made from ethically sourced and recycled Brazilian Rosewood!

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Shop LaBante.

RIANNA + NINA

Rated: Good
colourful sustainable sunglasses by RIANNA + NINA

Sunglasses Bahia – Ships internationally from Germany

RIANNA + NINA produces colourful, vintage-inspired collections including loose silk dresses, kimono coats, and versatile blouses. We’re low-key obsessed with their range of big and bright sunglasses like these Pixy Blue ones!

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Shop RIANNA + NINA.

POLITE WORLDWIDE

Rated: Good
sustainable rectangle black sunglasses by POLITE WORLDWIDE

TERRA Sunglasses – 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. Speaking of vibes, these 100% biodegradable and recyclable black sunglasses are made from sustainable, bio-based acetate.

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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. We are low-key obsessed with the cat-eye sunnies, like these sustainable tortoiseshell ones!

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Shop LUNA & ROSE @ Urbankissed.

Shop LUNA & ROSE.

Lionel the Label

Rated: Good
ethically made gold rimmed round glasses by Lionel the Label

Follow My Lead Sunglasses – Ships internationally from Australia

Lionel the Label is a luxury swimwear brand that is handmade on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The brand has a huge range of affordable sunglasses, like these circle glasses with gold wiring that wrap securely around your ears.

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Shop Lionel the Label.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Pre-Owned Stella McCartney Sunglasses – Ships internationally

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 eco-friendly 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!

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Labell-D.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

Gucci (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

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

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