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12 Of The Best Eco Friendly Wood Sunglasses Brands

Look cool and save the planet by sporting a pair of these eco friendly wood sunglasses this summer!

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

As proven by the fact that Armani‘s Canaletto Walnut Wood sunnies have now completely sold out, it’s pretty clear that wood sunglasses are definitely a ‘thing’ for this summer.

But buyer beware: just because they’re made of wood doesn’t mean your sunglasses are eco-friendly! In fact, many wooden shades – such as Armani’s, in fact – are made of Rosewood, Zebra wood and other hardwoods that are on the brink of extinction.

Whilst some brands use recycled hardwoods, most don’t, and that can only mean one thing: deforestation. Not good!

While the most eco-friendly pair of sunnies would probably be vintage models found in secondhand and vintage stores, if you do want to go with the tree-based trend, here is our pick of the best eco friendly wood sunglasses brands that are most conscious about their ethics, environmental sustainability, and of course, style.

12 Of The Best Eco Friendly Wood Sunglasses Brands

Eco Friendly Wood Sunglasses Brands

1. Woodies

Woodies was started by a young guy, Cory Stout, who makes wood sunglasses that bring effortless style to any beach trip. His simple, classic designs mean you can pop them on and go at any time of the day, and with their incredibly lightweight, wooden frames you won’t struggle the aftermath of a day in the sun with thick indentations on your skin. And with Kendall Jenner giving them her seal of stylish approval, who are we to disagree?

Price: Incredibly cheap! Only around $25

Eco Friendly Wood Sunglasses Brands

2. Shwood

A pioneer in the world of wooden sunglasses, Shwood’s Canby flagship model evokes the classic wayfarer styling through refined aesthetics that laid the groundwork for an entire wooden eyewear revolution. The brand is always coming up with new, sustainable materials – including stabilized seashells (below), ethically sourced walnut wood and even pine cones- with which to craft their artisanally made glasses.

Price: From $149 to $350

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3. Proof Eyewear

Proof sunglasses are handmade from sustainably sourced woods, including re-purpose skateboard decks, to create their stylish shades. And as ‘proof’ of its dedication to sustainability, Proof gives back 12% of their profits back to non-profit organisations, including projects based in India, El Salvador, Nepal, the Philippines, and Uganda.

Price: $90-$150

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4. Tree Tribe Sunglasses

Three Twigs has a retro, post-modern style that was born “out of a desire to stagger into the sun and wait, near the water for the wilderness to come and deliver some very wearable timbery treats.” Highly protective polarised lenses in a variety of colours are the perfect match for light brown bamboo frames.

As for giving back, Tree Tribe plants 10 trees for every sale, meaning you’re giving back to the Earth on every purchase!

Price: Around $50

Eco Friendly Wood Sunglasses Brands

5. Cloudfield Sunglasses

This eco friendly brand offers sunglasses that are hand crafted from bamboo, and which are fitted with  polarised lenses that make them the  perfect pair  for driving. These sunglasses give 100% protection from harmful UV rays, while still looking super stylish.

Price: A bargain! Around $40

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6. 4EST Sunglasses

All of 4EST’s Sunglasses are handcrafted from the highest quality and eco-friendly bamboo, and use polarized lenses and Stainless Steel Flex hinges that allow the sunglasses to be a little forgiving. Due to the nature of the wood they use, no two pairs of their sunglasses are identical, and they’re perfect for summers hanging out poolside, as they’re guaranteed to float, even if they’re still in the case!

What we love most about this brand is that for every pair your purchase, they plant not one, but TWO trees!

Price: From $25

Eco Friendly Wood Sunglasses Brands

7. Woodzee

Woodzee believes in recycling as much material as possible, which makes sense as the brand was founded in what’s called the ‘City of Trees’ – Chico, California. The intention of the brand was to make the enterprise as green as can be. Even its packaging is made of  50% recycled paper, printed using soy ink.

If you’re a proud owner of any of the unisex Woodzee shades and want to change your style, you can send the company your product and they will recycle them for you.

Oh, and did I mention that for every pair of sunglasses you buy, Woodzee plants a tree?

Price: From $45-$200

Eco Friendly Wood Sunglasses Brands

8. Panda Eyewear

Perhaps one of the most eco friendly wood sunglasses brands around is Panda. Made of 100% sustainable bamboo and encased in a natural bamboo case, these shades come in black, brown and blonde frames – one to match just about any hair colour! With both UV and UVA protection, the lenses will ensure your eyes are shielded from any harmful rays, too.

In terms of giving back, Panda partners with Optometry Giving Sight’s Gift of Vision Project, which helps fund eye operations on the blind.

Price: Around $120

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9. Sticks & Sparrow

Sustainable materials like cork, plant based acetate and bamboo, 100% UV protection, a ‘try before you buy’ policy and scratch-resistant lenses. What more do you want in an eco-friendly sunglasses label? Well, style I suppose, and Sticks & Sparrow has it in spades! Just check out this gorgeous tortoiseshell-print pair below, for example.

Price: $100-$200

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10. Zyloe Eyewear

One thing we love about this brand is that they made sunglasses from upcycled boat wood. The other thing we love is that they want you to wear their glasses forever: if anything should happen to your sunnies and they break, just send them to Zyloe, and they’ll fix them for free.

Price: Around $200

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11. Moat House Eyewear

Proudly Britain’s only manufacturer of Wooden Sunglasses, Moat House makes all their frames by hand using only 100% upcycled exotic hardwoods. Devotion to quality and sustainability puts these frames in a league of their own.

Winners of Glastonbury Festival’s Green Trader Award 2016, Moat House Plant a tree in the rainforest for every pair sold.

Price: From around $150-$275

 

12. Hemp Eyewear

Ok, so it’s not actually wood, but these stone-cold cool sunglasses are even more sustainable!

Hemp Eyewear is the brainchild of  designer Sam Whitten, who came up with the idea after researching hemp for his final design project. Sam realised how beneficial the material was and that there were many applications hemp could be used for, and after finding a gap in the market for hemp sunglasses, Hemp Eyewear was born.

Located in Edinburgh, today all Hemp Eyewear sunglasses are handmade by a team of dedicated artisans.

Price: Around $325

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Liam
    Apr 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve brought Old Youth for the last two years. I’ve found them to be great. Good price and they come with a matching box. I believe they have a new range as well.

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      Joe Ngo
      Oct 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      I love these woody sunglasses

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    Alen Green
    Sep 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I guarantee you that Capital Eyeware is NOT handmade in the USA, they are made in China just like all the rest. They just aren’t as honest!

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    Lionel Turner
    Oct 21, 2016 at 1:53 am

    You forgot LEaO OPTiCS….

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      salim selia
      Mar 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      How much price of wooden sunglasses

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    Matt Longoria
    Jan 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    You forgot Kynd Clothing, we only use bamboo, never wood or trees and have some of the most original designs that are designed from scratch, we also donate 10% to charity.

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    David Eagan
    Jan 23, 2017 at 1:06 am

    You are missing a really cool company from texas called Republic of Sol

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    Daniel
    Feb 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I have had a pretty good experience with https://www.gowood.ca.
    Sunglasses treat me well so far and nice follow up to make sure I was happy as a customer.

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    Nicole of TheDankSloth
    Sep 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    These eco-friendly sunglasses are great and they provide a very good details and information about them. It’s a great pair to have to help the environment more and use recyclable materials. I never even thought that they have a big impact to our environment.

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    Kyle Baeder
    Dec 20, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Thank you for this great list. I wanted to bring to your attention another bamboo sunglass (I am part of the company) that is new. It just launched 6 weeks ago and is already the #3 bamboo sunglass on Amazon. Could you consider this product for your next list?

    https://www.amazon.com/Unisex-POLARIZED-Sunglasses-Eco-Friendly-Wayfarer/dp/B075VST65H/

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    Sunniluv
    Sep 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I love something under $50 that looks fancy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Vansunglass
    Feb 10, 2020 at 5:37 am

    I love to own these shades since they are friendly environment and lightweight, specially something under $50. Wood sunglasses over $100 seems overpriced.
    Thanks for article.
    Van

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