Sustainable fashion

Bamboo sunglasses for eco-conscious style lovers

When we first came across bamboo sunglasses online, we cheered with joy. They are eco-conscious, ethically-minded, and bloody good-looking! Plus, they go fashionably well with our sustainable backpacks. Wooden sunglasses, especially bamboo ones, have become extremely trendy since we first discovered them. If you’re an eco-conscious fashion lover, chances are you already have a pair in your bag. To celebrate the final days of sunshine, we decided to share our love for bamboo shades. 

Beautiful girl wearing bamboo sunglasses by the beach

Why you should pick bamboo sunglasses?

If we were to define bamboo sunglasses with five words, we would choose eco-friendly, sustainable, highly durable, lightweight, and super chic. These are enough reasons for us to pick bamboo glasses instead of fossil fuel-based plastic shades. But that’s not all! There are many benefits of having a beautiful bamboo pair and here’s why.

Bamboo is extremely durable yet lightweight

Bamboo is a naturally lightweight material, therefore it’s way more comfortable to wear bamboo sunglasses as opposed to plastic, acetate or metal sunnies. However, that doesn’t mean that they are fragile or less durable than traditional pairs. In fact, bamboo glasses are extremely robust, making them a perfect choice, especially for adventure lovers. 

Since bamboo is a softer material than plastic or metal, you are less likely to have that painful digging sensation behind your ears (yep, you know what we’re talking about!) and can wear your sunnies comfortably for hours. 

Bamboo sunglasses can float on the water

If you’ve ever lost a pair in water, I feel your pain. A couple of years ago, I’ve painfully watched my sunglasses disappear into the depths of the Thames river. If only I had bamboo glasses then… These natural wood frame sunglasses are so lightweight that they can float on the water! 

Bamboo is lighter than water, therefore it’s a naturally buoyant material. This means that it can float on water for a long time. So, as long as you’re not rafting amongst big waves, you don’t have to worry about losing your bamboo sunglasses. 

Bamboo is water-resistant

On top of being able to float on water, your bamboo sunnies are less likely to be stained or deteriorated when they come in contact with water, thanks to bamboo’s water-resistant nature. This means natural bamboo sunglasses are the perfect choice for wearing at the beach, relaxing by the pool or travelling in countries with highly humid climates. 

Bamboo glasses are designed to last

You can wear your bamboo sunglasses for years to come. On top of being extremely stylish, they are highly durable and water-resistant, meaning no need to ditch them in the landfill. Whereas traditional plastic pairs are prone to breakage, bamboo pairs are strong as steel (fact: bamboo is actually stronger than steel). If you take good care of your bamboo glasses, they can potentially last you a lifetime!

Bamboo sunglasses with a wooden case

And most importantly, bamboo sunglasses are sustainable

Bamboo made it to both our eco-friendly building materials and most environmentally friendly textiles list for a good reason. It’s one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making it a perfect choice for afforestation programs and climate change actions. It doesn’t require any chemical fertilisers or pesticides, and the majority of bamboo species can grow back in 3 to 5 years after being cut, making them highly sustainable. Plus, bamboo trees release 30% more oxygen whilst absorbing more carbon dioxide compared to other plants. Thanks to this feature, bamboo greatly helps to clean the air by decreasing the amount of greenhouse gases. So, as long as your glasses are made from ethically sourced bamboo plants, we can say that they are sustainable and eco-friendly. 

All the above qualities of bamboo and bamboo sunnies were enough to get us excited about these eco-friendly frames. If you’re looking to build a sustainable wardrobe, bamboo sunglasses are a great option. Having a strong bamboo pair can save you money in the long term while helping the planet. Combine them with your sustainable swimwear for eco-conscious chicness on the beach, or with our Dakhla backpack for your everyday adventures. 

Where to buy bamboo sunglasses?

Thanks to all their attractive features, bamboo sunglasses became quite popular and are easy to find. Do a quick online search for  ‘bamboo sunglasses’ and you will come across many great options. Just make sure to read brands’ approaches to sustainability and ethical practices to ensure your bamboo pair is indeed environmentally friendly and ethically made.

Do you already have a pair? Share your experience in the comments below!

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