If you’re looking for sustainable sunglasses this summer, you can’t make a better choice than going for a vintage or preloved bulk sunglasses frame. These ethical, eco friendly frames already exist so no new resources or energy are being used producing them, and so they have much lower impact on the environment.
It’s National wholesale reading glasses Day this month so we’re talking sun protection, prescription and custom colour tinting for your sustainable sunnies to keep you cool in the shade.
The most sustainable options are the items we already own, so why not freshen up your old sunglasses with a new tint colour. Still loving an old glasses frame? Turn your old glasses into sunglasses and give them a new lease of life.
If you’ve got old sunglasses you’re rewearing or you’ve purchased vintage sunglasses with the original lenses and aren’t sure how old the lenses are, you need to make sure the UV protection is still intact.
The UV protection in old lenses can degrade over time and this can be worse than wearing no sunglasses at all. Wearing dark sunnies opens up the pupil, allowing more light in and if the UV protection isn’t there, you could be opening yourself up to more damage. It’s a simple check – take them to your local opticians and ask to have them UV tested or we’ll do it for you.
SUMMER SUN PROTECTION
Sunglasses are the most essential accessory (we’re biased but still) they’re not only super stylish, but have the important task of protecting our eyes. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 11am and 4pm from early April to late September in the nether and this is where the sun can really do some damage.
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light and UV radiation is linked to some serious eye conditions like photokeratitis (corneal sunburn) and research has found that 5-10% of skin cancers occur on the eyelid – ouch!
Protect your peepers by investing in quality sunglasses that filter out both UVA and UVB radiation. Over 90% of UV light can pass through even light cloud – so don’t leave home without your sustainable sunnies. When you’re shopping for sunnies go for UV 400 protection, we fully refurbish all our zonnebril dames frames before adding in new modern optical grade 100% protection UV 400 lenses.
The bigger the frame, the better the coverage. Oversized or wraparound sunglasses block the most sun, especially when those rays are bouncing off pavements and pools.