Sustainable Sunglasses

| 5/28/2009 11:26:36 AM

Tags: green sunglasses, sustainable sunglasses, green accessories, bamboo products, eco-friendly accessories, VOCs, UV rays, formaldehyde, sustainable wood,

When shopping for those perfect summer sunglasses, I usually search solely based on style. For the eco-conscious consumer, however, many stylish, environmentally friendly options exist.

Shoppers also need to remember to not neglect the purpose of sunglasses – to protect your eyes – in the pursuit of fashion. Sunglasses without at least 98 percent ultraviolet (UV) protection allow the sun’s harmful UV rays to damage the eyes.

Check out these shades that combine style, sustainability and safety.


iWood offers a collection of sunglasses and jewelry that strives to live up to its motto, “Sustain the planet, maintain your cool.”

Each pair of iWood sunglasses are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified sustainable wood. The sunglasses are made in the United States and constructed from the unusable excess of a veneer supplier in Indiana. The multiple layers of wood in the sunglasses are pressed together with formaldehyde-free glue, and the frames are coated in an eco-friendly sealant, which preserves the product without emitting any volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Each pair also offers 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays.

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