Going Green: Eco-Friendly Eyewear the Latest Fad


Published Date : Jan 28, 2016

The billion-dollar eyewear market is poised to develop at a rapid pace over the next few years, fueled by rising disposable income levels, growing user base, and rising renewal rate of contact lenses. 

A major trend that is fast picking up pace is the demand for eco-friendly eyewear. Several companies across the globe have been making the most of this business opportunity and launching their own range of eco-friendly eyewear. There have also been new companies that have entered this arena with their green offerings. 

Let’s take a look at some of these companies and their offerings of eco-friendly eyewear. 

  • New York based eyewear brand Illesteva launched a new range of eyewear in March last year called Leonard. The designs in this range are made using sustainable organic plasticizers and repurposed cellulose acetate flakes, and are 100 per cent biodegradable. 
  • Los Angeles based eyewear line Giving Tree Eyewear offered eco-friendly sunglasses in 2013 and are known to be nearly indestructible. The shades are commercially available in a variety of colors and two silhouettes. These bisphenol A (BPA)-free sunglasses are made from thermoplastic materials that render them bendable and lightweight. 
  • Milan based eyewear brand Nau! launched its range of green eyewear in December last year. This collection is committed to conserving and protecting the environment and is made from 96 per cent recycled plastic material. These eco-friendly glasses are available in a wide variety of colors and frames. 

There are several other companies that have been offering environment friendly eyewear. American online brand of prescription sunglasses and eyeglasses Warby Parker offers glasses made from green materials. Woodzee sells wayfarer style frames made from bamboo. Grown sells sustainable and organic wooden eyewear that are ethically sourced and handcrafted. 

The expanding population of environment conscious consumers has significantly boosted the demand for green products across most industries and this has considerably impacted the eyewear market as well.