At a time when we are sounding the alarm about saving the planet and global warming, it is important to stop our polluting activities. Eyeglasses have their part to play in pollution. From their manufacture to their degradation, glasses require several hundred years.
Optical industries such as Eco Eyewear have then mobilised to abandon plastic materials and turn to biodegradable materials such as cardboard. You will finally know what the optical biodegradable consists of and how it is implemented by actors of the optical industry such as Eco Eyewear.
A bio-responsible action for the planet
Reducing waste concerns us all, including optical companies. The manufacture of biodegradable eyewear is the first step towards a waste-free industry promoting equipment that does not last. To curb the negative impact of the consumer society, fossil resources have been replaced by bioplastics for a decade. Their components include bio-acetates such as :
- algae and
- castor oil, etc.
These are degradable polymers that are very popular with Eco Eyewear for their ability to disintegrate into soil in just 115 days.
In designing sustainable and ethical eyewear, Eyewear turns to a variety of plant-based materials. One of its greatest successes is of course the use of castor oil, which forms an important part of the structure of its glasses, including the lenses.
Transformed into bioplastic, it takes a few months to four years to disintegrate, compared to four hundred years for petroleum-based plastic. The committed eyewear manufacturers and opticians of Eco Eyewear do not limit themselves to castor oil and also offer products made from cotton, wood pulp and recycled cardboard for frames and cases. Everything is based on responsible eco-management.
A creation with biodegradable materials
Always with a view to sustainable development, Eco Eyewear's eco-design is expressed through its new range called Eco Bio Acetate, which is based on castor oil and its transformation into organic plastic, but also on renewable materials such as wood, cardboard or plants.
It includes a set of eight models in three colours each. These include the :
- Agate: This model is available in black, tortoiseshell and deep red;
- Opal: available in burgundy, navy and dark tortoiseshell;
- Quartz: available in dark tortoiseshell, electric blue and smoky grey;
- Chalk: available in navy, tortoiseshell and deep red;
- Onyx: available in rust, teal and black;
- Beryl: available in blue-green, tortoiseshell and black;
- Slate: available in grey, navy and tortoiseshell;
- Lapis: available in black, light tortoiseshell and burgundy.
They are certainly biodegradable with frames made of organic acetate from natural cotton and wood pulp, however, special attention is also paid to the aesthetic aspect. You can therefore be trendy while saving the planet with neutral tones such as black, grey, tortoiseshell or with warm colours such as teal, navy or burgundy.
Eco Eyewear: glasses that are committed to the planet
Eco Eyewear is a very surprising brand, as it is not only committed to minimising its footprint on the planet, but also to being an environmental activist. Through its actions, Eco Eyewear is establishing itself as a pioneer in optical ecology with sustainable eyewear. This is proven time and time again in its use of recycled materials in ranges such as :
- Eco Recycled made from recycled metal,
- Eco Biobased castor oil based,
- Eco Bio Acetate made from cotton and wood chips and,
- Eco Ocean based on recycled marine plastics.
The brand focuses its entire universe on the environment and goes further by planting a tree for each frame sold, an average of 2.5 million, by working with the NGO Trees for the Future. The brand's commitment to the environment has won it numerous awards, including the 2021 Sustainable Style Award for its eco-commitment, Unique Design for its recycled metal collection, and Readers' Choice for its social and humanitarian actions, the German Design Award 2021, the "iF Design Award Gold", or the "One frame at a time" for all its ecological initiatives observed through its ranges in biodegradable and recycled materials and for its commitment to environmental humanitarianism since its creation.
This eco-responsible management imposes on the companies that practice it an unfailing rigour and the respect of numerous protocols in the production cycle of lenses and frames. Close collaboration is established with the end user to protect the planet. This implies total transparency on the manufacturing process and the choice of raw materials used. Biodegradable glasses involve a lot of commitment and also have a financial impact that should not be overlooked.
The price of biodegradable
When we talk about organic glasses, we always imagine a high or inaccessible price. However, when it comes to biodegradable glasses, the prices are just as affordable as those of conventional factory-made glasses. Thanks to a prescription from your ophthalmologist, you even have the possibility of having your purchase reimbursed by the social security as is customary.
Durable glasses also benefit from the "RAC 0" measure, which allows you to have them free of charge by taking advantage of a zero out-of-pocket payment. Don't hesitate to ask your optician to let you benefit from this by opting for glasses from the range concerned. Finding ecological glasses is no longer complicated, as many opticians offer them and others make them in specialised shops.
You can also try them on and buy them online according to your needs. The Eco Eyewear range of ecological glasses has prices that vary according to the type of glasses and their components. For a pair of Eco eyewear, you will have to pay between thirty and a hundred euros. The brand therefore remains reasonable by proposing prices that are completely affordable for all pockets.
The biodegradable is very long controversial by the companies which judge it too complex. The users who found it too expensive, find today its place thanks to brands which show initiative and ingenuity. Eco Eyewear is proving through its commitment that it is possible to combine quality, trend and environment. It offers a new collection of light, comfortable and resistant glasses, made of 63% castor seeds.
Eco Eyewear and its biodegradable glasses have already taken the first step towards sustainable development. It is now up to you to do the same for future generations through your decisions, your actions as citizens, and your commitments.