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Sustainable sunglasses that will protect your eyes and the planet

It’s all very well having a gorgeous pair of shades to see you through the summer months, but why buy any old brand when so many are offering stylish sunnies that can also save the planet?

There’s so many ethical options popping up, it’s hard to know where to start.

But from SunGod to Zayn Malik’s new classic range with Arnette, whether you’re after a practical sporty pair or timeless shades for life, here are the best eco sunglasses to get you set for summer 2022.


Look after your eyes

Carbon-neutral eyewear brand Sungod (which has been certified by Climate Partner) offers a lifetime guarantee – and free repairs – on all its sunglasses, which mean fewer end up in landfill.

But that’s not all: every pair is customisable and made to order, so there are no excess products gathering dust in a warehouse, and they all come with a microfibre pouch made of recycled bottles.

We’re smitten with the Renegades, which have triple-layer scratch-resistant lenses and lens tints designed to optimise clarity.

Buy from £55 at SunGod.

Oakley Reedmace and Leffingwell

Plant-based shades

Oakley has launched its first ranges to feature plant-based frames. The unisex Reedmace and Leffingwell collections use bio-matter, a castor bean bio resin that is both durable and incredibly lightweight. Sucker for monochrome? Then it’s got to be the Reedmace sunglasses).

They have Oakley’s Prizm lenses, which have the stylish Black Ink frame.

Buy for £113 from Amazon.

Pala Eyewear

Be better with Pala

On his frequent trips to African countries, John Pritchard had become all too aware that a lack of access to eyecare was a major problem. These visits prompted him to found eyewear brand Pala, which is a certified B Corp, and has provided more than £43,000 in grants via charity partner Vision Aid Overseas.

Customers can send back old frames to be upcycled into plastic and metal components, and Pala has also joined forces with climate action platform One Tribe to help sequester carbon through the protection of rainforests.

We recommend the stylish (and unisex) Pendo sunglasses, which have frames made from bio-acetate (a plant-based material) and come with a case made by employees of a Ghana-based NGO.

Buy from £110 at Pala Eyewear.

Zayn Malik X Arnette

A cult classic

The uber-cool eyewear brand recently joined forces with former One Direction member Zayn Malik to create the Zayn X Arnette range.

Inspired by graphic novels and cult movies, the sunglasses are unisex, colourful and kind to the environment, thanks to bio-acetate frames and bio lenses, which are made with renewable materials. We recommend the tricolour Agent Z.

Buy for £91 from Arnette.

Bird Kaka sunglasses

Don’t forget to look up

Bird, which became the first B Corp Certified eyewear brand in the UK in 2020, uses only the most sustainable materials for its sunglasses, whether it’s bio-based acetate, renewable cork or recycled aluminium.

But that’s not all: every pair of sunglasses results in a donation to SolarAid, which helps to distribute solar light to families in Zambia and Malawi, replacing the use of fossil fuel-burning lamps.

We prescribe the Kaka sunglasses, which have bio-acetate frames and provide 100% UVA/UVB protection.

Buy it for £99 from Find Your Birds.


Save the sea

For every pair of sunglasses sold by B CORP-certified Sea2See, one kilogram of marine plastic is recycled, and the frames are made entirely from recycled marine plastic collected by fishermen.

We like the unisex Karma sunglasses (above), which offer 100% UV protection.

Buy it for £110 from Sea2see.


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