6 Ethical Shades to Get This Summer

that are also unisex

Whether you’re at the beach or the shop next door, you’ll always be able to find really cheap, average sunglasses. Without getting into the reasons behind these low prices, let’s think about how poor in quality these lenses are. Wearing them will kill your sight in no time, and you’ll probably throw them away after a few weeks, contributing to unnecessary waste. Why not invest in quality frames instead? We know how hard it is to find eyewear that look cool but also come with good values or -even more difficult- eco-friendly materials. We also used to feel like it was either one or the other. That’s why we put together a list of ethical shades to look good this summer, without contributing to unfair production practices or a huge polluting industry. The best part? These sustainable eyewear pieces can be worn as much by women than they can by men.

1. Carla Colour

This was the first sustainable eyewear brand we’ve came across when we started our journey towards a more conscious way of shopping. Carla Colour is committed to bringing fashion-forward colour to the eyewear market in an eco-friendly way. They create only two hand-made, limited edition collections per year. As such, they want to avoid waste and embrace the slow fashion movement they believe in. Their glasses are made of wood pulp and natural cotton fibres, two renewable resources.

2. Dick Moby

Dick Moby is a french brand that puts sustainability at the center of everything they do, and one of our favorites due to their great mission ! As ocean lovers, the two founders decided to address plastic pollution by making high quality sunglasses out of biodegradable and recycled plastic. They even make their cleaning cloths from recycled PET plastic bottles and their cases from recycled leather. 

 

3. Monokel

Another slow brand based in Stockholm Sweden. They make sustainable sunglasses out of plant based acetate and recycled materials. The lenses are carefully made by Carl Zeiss Vision® which guarantees top quality. The designs all have a great aesthetic and we love that you can choose different colours for each frame.

 

4. Cubitts

This London-based brand also offers handmade, craft-focused eyewear. The Founder, Tom Broughton, believes in repairing over replacing, buying less but better, and strive to be decent and honest, while providing fair pricing. “We aim to be fiercely independent, and the antithesis of a high street optician. Our goal is to make the finest spectacles we can — using the best materials, handmade in a traditional way. We don’t cut corners in craftsmanship to save time or money.” 

5. Viu Eyewear

We’re proud to include a Swiss brand into this article ! VIU doesn’t want to follow mass production lines: each individual pair is designed in Zurich, then crafted in more than 80 manual steps at a traditional manufacturer in the Italian Dolomites and on Honshū Island in Japan. By delivering directly from the manufacturer to the customer, VIU offers high-quality design and products at fair prices.

6. Ace & Tate

We’ve just discovered this cool brand that aims at designing quality frames at fair prices. They show the way they can achieve it on their website, so you can see how it all goes down. Their sunglasses are designed and handmade in Amsterdam as they firmly believe in strong, long lasting design, high quality and craftsmanship. Moreover, they’ve launched the Ace & Tate Creative Funds, which celebrate original projects and ideas by supporting individuals or collectives that are taking creative risks to break new ground.

6 Ethical Shades for Your Summer Look

that are also unisex

Whether you’re at the beach or the shop next door, you’ll always be able to find really cheap, average sunglasses. Without getting into the reasons behind these low prices, let’s think about how poor in quality these lenses are. Wearing them will kill your sight in no time, and you’ll probably throw them away after a few weeks, contributing to unnecessary waste. Why not invest in quality frames instead? We know how hard it is to find eyewear that look cool but also come with good values or -even more difficult- eco-friendly materials. We also used to feel like it was either one or the other. That’s why we put together a list of ethical shades to look good this summer, without contributing to unfair production practices or a huge polluting industry. The best part? These can be worn as much by women than they can by men.

1. Carla Colour

This was the first sustainable eyewear brand we’ve came across when we started our journey towards a more conscious way of shopping. Carla Colour is committed to bringing fashion-forward colour to the eyewear market in an eco-friendly way. They create only two hand-made, limited edition collections per year. As such, they want to avoid waste and embrace the slow fashion movement they believe in. Their glasses are made of wood pulp and natural cotton fibres, two renewable resources.

2. Dick Moby

Dick Moby is a french brand that puts sustainability at the center of everything they do, and one of our favorites due to their great mission ! As ocean lovers, the two founders decided to address plastic pollution by making high quality sunglasses out of biodegradable and recycled plastic. They even make their cleaning cloths from recycled PET plastic bottles and their cases from recycled leather. 

 

3. Monokel

Another slow brand based in Stockholm Sweden. They make sustainable sunglasses out of plant based acetate and recycled materials. The lenses are carefully made by Carl Zeiss Vision® which guarantees top quality. The designs all have a great aesthetic and we love that you can choose different colours for each frame.

 

4. Cubitts

This London-based brand also offers handmade, craft-focused eyewear. The Founder, Tom Broughton, believes in repairing over replacing, buying less but better, and strive to be decent and honest, while providing fair pricing. “We aim to be fiercely independent, and the antithesis of a high street optician. Our goal is to make the finest spectacles we can — using the best materials, handmade in a traditional way. We don’t cut corners in craftsmanship to save time or money.” 

5. Viu Eyewear

We’re proud to include a Swiss brand into this article ! VIU doesn’t want to follow mass production lines: each individual pair is designed in Zurich, then crafted in more than 80 manual steps at a traditional manufacturer in the Italian Dolomites and on Honshū Island in Japan. By delivering directly from the manufacturer to the customer, VIU offers high-quality design and products at fair prices.

6. Ace & Tate

We’ve just discovered this cool brand that aims at designing quality frames at fair prices. They show the way they can achieve it on their website, so you can see how it all goes down. Their sunglasses are designed and handmade in Amsterdam as they firmly believe in strong, long lasting design, high quality and craftsmanship. Moreover, they’ve launched the Ace & Tate Creative Funds, which celebrate original projects and ideas by supporting individuals or collectives that are taking creative risks to break new ground.

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