Need a summer theme song? Queue Timbuk 3's "Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" - it's groovy (albeit a little corny) but you can't help but feel the sun on your face and an endless "sea" of possibilities when you hear it. And speaking of shades, we put together a list of 10 eye-wear companies with give-back missions who are changing the world one set of shades at a time.
Parkman - Their limited edition sunglasses are manufactured with truly inspiring and creative up-cycled materials such as left over wood from guitar bodies/necks and rosewood from the fingerboards or from shredded money from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Plus all sunglasses feature polarized lenses, providing 100% protection from UVA/UVB rays, lenses have an anti-scratch/anti-reflective coating and an anti-reflective coating., and many are hyper-allergenic.
ZanzibaRi - Beautifully crafted, these unique sunglasses incorporate up-cycled African fabrics into their unique designs. This small Etsy shop also donates 10% of proceeds to educational programs in Tanzania.
Ozeano - An Ausie- based company, Ozeano is an innovative brand tackling the mass plastic pollution crisis. An eco-conscious, social enterprise that makes hip sunglasses out of 100% recycled plastic, they also donate 10% of revenue to the Fred Hollows Foundation, a nonprofit that helps restore vision for people in need.
Waterhaul - Started by marine biologist and surfer, Waterhaul makes ultra-cool sunglasses from 100% recycled fishing nets, which they intercept from the ocean by diving for the nets left in the ocean or through local fisherman. Waterhaul takes things a step further by shipping their sunglasses in recycled wood-pulp packaging so that the entire supply chain is free of single-use plastic!
Blue Planet - This California based company has been working hard to create socially responsible and eco-friendly eye-wear made from a range of sustainable materials, including recycled plastic, recycled metal, wood, bamboo, and cork - a little something for everyone! With each pair sold, Blue Planet donates a pair to someone in need via their global sight giving partners. They’ve helped over 400,000 visually impaired people around the world and will continue to kick global butt with your help!
Dick Moby - "Look Good for Your Planet"- that's the Dick Moby motto, and true to form, their line of eco-friendly recycled sunglasses are every bit sustainable as they are stylish! In addition to making use of old plastic, Dick Moby gives 10% of revenues to projects and organizations that address plastic pollution, such as the Surfrider Foundation and Terra Cycle.
Hope Shades - Through donating a portion of each pair of shades sold, Hope Shades intends to bring hope to those in need around the globe. Each pair has a different color frame which represents a specific cause, such as pink for breast cancer, red for education, camo for veterans, black for canines, purple for human trafficking and the list goes on!
Proof - Highly innovative, Proof integrates sustainable materials like recycled aluminum, FSC-certified wood, and recycled skateboard decks into their designs. They also donate to charitable organizations around the world through the brand's very own Do Good Program.
Norton Point - Another innovative company trying to tackle the eight million metric tons of plastic pollution currently destroying our oceans, these sunglasses are made with recycled ocean plastic and plant-based materials. Norton Point also donates 5% of their net profits to global ocean clean-up, education, and remediation practices.
Dynamikos - Offers a variety of premium acetate frames, all non-allergenic and made from 100% biodegradable, 100% recyclable, & 100% petroleum free materials. Their lenses are made with a scratch resistant coating that's resistant to gamma radiation, material fatigue, aging and most chemicals. Plus, Dynamikos sets aside 20% of net profits to donate to their nonprofit partners, such as Helen Keller International (who provide eye screenings & eye-wear for children in need in the Los Angeles area) and the Wild Life Conservation Network & SeaLegacy (supporting environmental and wildlife conservation efforts).
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