Eco Friendly Shades for your Eyes…

April 3, 2011

It’s time for a spring shopping spree! While you’re out cruising your favorite boutiques for new shoes, swimsuits, and accessories, don’t forget to update your sunglasses. When you’ve got your whole ensemble put together, the right sunglasses can enhance… or (eek) detract from your style.

This year, fashionistas are flocking to the retro ‘70’s styles, and that means big sunglasses to match the big-bottomed jeans and romantic, flowing peasant tops. It’s such a fun, fun look, isn’t it?

Now, here’s the ultimate advice when choosing those hottie-hot sunglasses. It’s really important that your sunglasses are not only chic, but they also need to protect your pretty peepers. I checked out what the experts at the Mayo Clinic had to say about sunglass safety, and of course I must pass it along to all my gal pals… so that includes YOU.

Here are some tips.

  • Choose sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet light. Look for glasses that offer both UVA-protection and UVB-protection.
  • Larger lenses offer more protection than smaller lenses (perfect for this seasons looks!).
  • If sunglasses are labeled “cosmetic” or have no details about UV protection, don’t buy them, no matter how fashionable they are.
  • Mirror-coated lenses, popular right now in the aviator style sunglasses, don’t always block UV light so carefully read the labels on those styles.

And, if you’re looking for sunglasses that are chic and eco-fabulous, check out these designers.

  • iWood – Frames made from reclaimed exotic woods are crafted in the U.S., and the lenses offer 100% UVA/UVB protection.
  • Earth Conscious Optics (eco) – eco uses recycled metal and plastic for the frames of their sunglasses and plants a tree for every pair of glasses sold. The glasses look fabulous, but there isn’t much info about UV protection on their site so do your homework before purchasing these.
  • Amy Sacks Bamboo Masa collection– These oh-so-stylish sunglass frames are made out of 100% sustainable bamboo, and when they’ve gone past the point of wearing, the frames will biodegrade.

So get out there and enjoy your fun in the sun with your stylish, eye-protecting, eco-loving sunglasses.