A Sunglasses Buying Guide for the Environmentally Conscious

Buying sunglasses is a common situation that you probably haven’t considered the environmental impact of, so how can you make sure you’re being as green as possible while protecting your eyes? If you’re in the market for fashionable prescription sunglasses by Oakley or another brand, then read on for some eco buying tips.

Buy high quality

One of the worst things for the environment is waste and overconsumption, so buy high-quality sunglasses that will last for years to come. Do some research and look at reviews to learn more about how well your sunglasses have faired for others. Ideally, you want your shades to be as sturdy as possible or easy to repair should they get damaged. Think about materials that will last a long time, like metals, and avoid plastic or unsustainable options.

Recycle your frames

If you’re buying prescription sunglasses, you will have to update your lenses every few years or so, but that doesn’t mean you need a new frame. If you’ve chosen a high-quality frame that has the potential to last, then simply ask your optician to swap your lenses. Sometimes changes in a prescription can’t accommodate the frames you currently have. In these cases, it’s best to pass your frames onto someone else or donate them to charity. There will be lots of people out there who will be grateful for them.

Get a protective case

To look after your sunglasses, you’ll want to protect them with a good quality case. If you don’t do this and simply throw your shades in your bag then you’ll probably have to replace them more often, creating waste. Consider sustainable bamboo glasses cases that will keep your shades safe without harming the planet. It will soon be second nature to grab this along with your reusable water bottle and lunchbox, so don’t worry too much about forgetting it at home.

Beware of greenwashing

Greenwashing is a real problem in all industries, so look out for signs that your sunglasses might not be as sustainable as you first thought. Make sure you look into companies carefully and research how certain materials can impact the planet. Just because a website claims their sunglasses are eco-friendly doesn’t make it true and a green label or sticker can easily mislead even the most conscientious customer.

Sometimes there can be a lot of pressure on making sure every part of your life is causing the least amount of harm to the planet as possible. If you’re really struggling to make your sunglasses as green as possible, opt for the best choice you can find. When it comes to your eye health, you can’t afford to hesitate for too long – don’t leave your vision unprotected.


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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