Sunglasses aren’t just for summer! Your precious peepers need protection all year round. And while you might feel overwhelmed with so many brands to choose from, we’ve just made your life a whole lot easier by doing the hard yards for you to find the best Australian sunglasses brands that are also sustainable! Feel free to rock any of these planet friendly frames all year long.
Buying sunglasses online isn’t easy, but Archer Eyewear makes it a smooth process with their online Face Fit Guide. With each purchase from their curated collection of biodegradable wooden specs with scratch-resistant lenses, the company also plants one native tree. They also have a busted program for those horrible times we’ve all had when you break something that is almost brand new, but in this case you get a few more months’ grace. Sustainable style all year long!
Good Citizens is all about “untrashing”. It’s in every element of their brand, from design, manufacturing, packaging, shipping, ocean cleanups & energy consumption. Sunnies and an empty single-use plastic bottle weigh much the same. So it made to the founder to recycle each single plastic bottle it can get its hands on, into a pair of sunnies. All the packaging is also recycled and this carbon-neutral brand removes one kilo of plastic from the ocean with every purchase.
Has a Netflix binge given you some serious eye bags? Slap on a pair of ethically crafted, wooden frames from popular Australian sunglasses brands Grown Eyewear. All wood is sourced from ethically grown forests. With polarised lenses for your eye protection, each purchase of their super cool sunnies contributes funds towards protecting an orphaned or injured native animal, through their partner charity WIRES. Grown is good for your peepers and good for our wildlife.
Plant-based, sustainable eyewear is a thing and Local Supply has it. Their sunnies are made using a zero-waste injection process and produces 50% fewer carbon emissions than making regular sunnies. They’re not just local, they’re also big on sustainability, diversity, affordability and giving back. One meal is donated to local indigenous communities and asylum-seeker communities in inner Sydney, for every frame sold. Local Supply focus on timeless styles that won’t go out of fashion and so wont be discarded. They’ve got blue light blockers too!
Classic shapes inspired by the rivers of Victoria, Mari & Clay are creating minimalistic eyewear to wear 24/7. These stylish plant-based bio-acetate frames are 100% bio-degradable, and there’s no plastic in their packaging. High on ethical production, they’re also giving back. For each sale a tree is planted in bushfire swept areas. Don’t forget to check out their recycling and repurposing programmes!
It’s hard to go past plant based, carbon-neutral hand made Australian sunglasses Ozeano. These premium sustainable and ethical sunnies come to you from Sydney, inspired from seeing hundreds of discarded sunglasses on a beach in Cambodia. Every sale helps fund the removal of 12kg of marine litter, equivalent to over 900 plastic bottles. But that’s not all, proceeds also go towards an operation to restore vision for a person in need. As a circular label, Ozeano accepts returns at any time, offering 25% off your next purchase, ensuring Ozeanos never turn to waste.
Melbourne local POMS not only creates sustainable sunglasses but knitwear and jewellery too. Their earth-friendly frames evoke 90’s nostalgia and are 100% biodegradable and recyclable. These little babies are sustainably handmade from high quality bio-acetate composed of plant cellulose instead of petroleum. That means they are biodegradable and can be recycled. Poms purposefully don’t use leather sunglasses cases for the sake of animal wellbeing.
Szade’s Melbourne designed frames take old sunglasses and flip them into trendy new sunglasses. They’re sunglasses made from sunglasses! Along with sustainability, also high on their radar is inclusivity, accessibility, diversity and innovation. Operating from a repurposed chocolate factory, the Szade ethos is to use up all the existing, otherwise wasted plastic frames that would otherwise go to landfill. These are recycled shades that will upgrade your street style look.
These are the best Australian sunglasses brands around.
Featured Image: from Szade Collective on Instagram. All images, from the brands Instagram accounts.
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