Searching for your next pair of sunnies? Look no further than these epic Aussie brands making quality eyewear without the environmental footprint. From recycled and wooden frames to carbon neutral operations – the future is bright thanks to these brands making sustainable sunglasses.
Local Supply works with best-in-class designers, manufacturers and materials to supply luxury-grade, plant-based eyewear at an accessible price. The brand’s signature plant-based resin is derived from castor bean plants grown in semi-arid areas, not competing with food crops for land. Local Supply minimise’s its environmental impact by selecting plant-based source materials, using zero-waste manufacturing and offering a recycling program for end-of-life.
Sunnies that untrash the planet? Yes, please! Sydney-based brand Good Citizens makes a range of stylish sunnies and glasses with sustainability as its focus. The brand uses 100% recycled PET for its frames – turning water bottle waste into sunglasses frames. The sunglasses are made by the Good Citizens team in Sydney as an aim to further reduce the company’s environmental footprint. They’ve picked up two Good Design awards so far, and they’re just getting started.
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Everything old is new again thanks to Szade Recycled. Szade is tackling sunglasses waste at the source. The brand collects broken, discarded, over run, faulty or unloved pair of sunglasses destined for landfill, and breaks them down to their raw materials to create the new Szade designs. The company’s sustainability values are embedded through the supply chain, from recyclable packaging to solar powered offices. The frames can also be recycled in your home recycling bin!
Impactful eyewear may be an understatement when introducing Ozeano Vision. Yes, the sunglasses are made from sustainable materials, the brand uses a plant-based bio-acetate for its frames and a range of sustainable materials such as cork and organic cotton in its accessories. To offset the environmental impact of the glasses, the brand also removes 12KG of ocean waste with every purchase. In a further act of goodness, Ozeano partners with Australian charity, Sight For All, who deliver eye health care projects to restore eye sight in communities that previously didn’t have access to eye care treatments. They’re also carbon neutral, a memory of 1% for the planet, certified B-corporation and committed to paying a living wage throughout their supply chain. The Ozeano Vision sunglasses are assembled in Australia.
Grown brings sustainable timber eyewear to the list. The brand’s wooden sunglasses are handcrafted using FSC™ Certified sustainable materials such as bamboo, maple, ebony and walnut. All of the natural materials used are organic, renewable and free from harmful or toxic elements. For every purchase made Grown provides the gift of life to an orphaned or injured Australian animal through its giving partner WIRES.
Mari & Clay was founded on the passion of combining great design and functionality. The brand uses 100% biodegradable plant-based acetate to craft our sunglasses, zero-plastic packaging, and carbon-neutral delivery. The brand also has a give back and recycling program to help keep their glasses out of landfill.