SEE THE CHANGE
Solo is helping the world see, one pair of sunglasses at a time. For every pair of bamboo-and-plastic sunglasses you purchase, the San Diego label will donate a pair of prescription glasses to a person in need.
All of Westward Leaning’s sunglasses comprise the same frame. The difference? Each model features an inlaid panel that celebrates a different social cause. For every pair sold, the San Francisco company will donate $10 to charities such as Love Thy Neighbor Mexico, a nonprofit that uses social media, traditional education platforms, and art installations to raise awareness about the link between the drug war in Mexico and the demand for illicit drugs in the United States.
MODO has been taking its eyewear to greener heights, so what better style than the aviator to herald this new direction? The classic sun-blocker, which comprises recycled stainless steel and repurposed plastic, comes in your choice of green crystal, tortoiseshell, or black, so you can command attention at any altitude.
Don’t be fooled by Drift’s roughhewn exterior: The Chicago eyewear label uses a patent-pending solid steel core to give its temples the perfect combination of strength, flexibility, and balance. Each frame uses Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods such as wenge, walnut, and maple, along with petroleum-free cellulose acetate plastic, formaldehyde-free epoxy, and water-based coatings.
FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT
No need to spring a fortune for A-list-worthy eye protection. ICU’s “Sun Eco” collection, made with reclaimed plastic, averages a pocketbook-friendly $22 per pair.
Panda’s line of luxury sunnies aren’t just made from sustainably harvested bamboo and recycled polycarbonate plastic. With every purchase, the Georgetown-based company will also provide an eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses to someone who can’t afford them.
Need some extra va-va-voom in your life? Kick things up a notch with the ’70s-inspired “Dame” by Proof. The handcrafted bamboo sunglasses come in myriad glossy hues, including red, green, and brown. Plus, a large percentage of its proceeds benefits worthy causes, including sight-saving eye clinics in India and reforestation in Haiti.
Channel your inner urban lumberjack with the “Canby” by Shwood. Handcrafted in Portland from sustainably sourced woods such cherry, East Indian rosewood, and zebrawood, the Wayfarer-styled sunnies are heirlooms in the making.
HERE, KITTY KITTY
Be the cat’s meow in Stella McCartney’s oversized cat’s eye goggles, which feature bio-injected plastic made from 54 percent castor-oil seeds and natural plasticizers derived from citric acid.
Part of Tommy Hilfiger’s philanthropic “The Promise Collection,” the African-inspired sunnies benefit the people of Ruhiira in Uganda, where children and adults, particularly those who require improved sight for work or school, will receive free eye check-ups and corrective lenses.
TOMS is kicking off the season with the “Summer of Sight,” a campaign to restore the vision of 100,000 people across the globe. For every pair of eyeglasses you buy, TOMS will provide medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight-saving surgery to a person in need.
Waiting for the Sun gave the timeless Wayfarer a new groove by outfitting it with bamboo frames, a contrast panel stripe, and a notched brow line. Handmade in Paris, “Madame Wayfarer” comes with a special-edition foulard, part of the label’s “2041” artists’ program.
ONE FOR ALL
Warby Parker is a sight for sore eyes. Its new range of NYC-assembled sunwear comes in both prescription and non-prescription versions. Bonus: For every pair of sunglasses you buy, the company will donate a pair of eyeglasses to someone in the developing world.