It is a happy trend that people are becoming more aware of the environmental hazards of plastic and man made materials. There is a move away from the use of plastic to the use of natural products like paper, natural fibers and wood. This trend reflects in the use of frames for sunglasses. Wooden framed environment-friendly sunglasses are now all the range with people who value fashion just as much as they value the environment.
The main components of sunglasses are the glass and the frame. The glass may be high grade acrylic or polycarbonate or traditional glass. Glass has the least impact on the environment and you will find responsible people choosing glass sunglasses even if they weigh more. The second part is the frame. The frame can be made of metal or plastics which are the two most common materials in use. However, wood is becoming trendy because wood makes for eco-friendly sunglasses.
Choice of Materials and Combinations
Sunglasses with wooden frames can be expensive. Each frame has to be hand crafted and worked meticulously. Wood also needs to be chosen with care to be free of knots and imperfections because the thickness is less. The frames need to be lightweight and yet strong which means one must choose more expensive hardwoods like ebony, walnut, hazelnut, beech, zebrawood and silver oak. One can even use bamboo for ecofriendly glasses.
Each frame is worked by hand and each piece of wood has its distinctive grain pattern. Each sunglass becomes unique and the only one of its kind in the world. This is one reason why people who wish to be different prefer wooden frame eyewear. There is no denying the fact that in a sea of plastics and metal, wooden frames do stand out.
Combination makes it even better. Wooden frames can have extensions of acetate, another eco-friendly material made from natural materials like wood. The combination is eco-friendly and stylish too. The brighter colors of acetate in pink, blue and white offset the natural grain of wood so nicely.
If you want the trendiest eco-friendly sunglass then the best bet is cork wood frames. Corkwood has a unique combination of dark grain against a lighter background and that does really stand out. The thicker frames also draw attention and give a retro classic look in the bargain.
Wood used in sunglass frame is usually sourced from sustainable forests. It does not contribute to environment degradation of pollution and woods are non-toxic too. If you are sensitive and prone to allergies plastics may not be the best choice whereas wood is natural. Wood transforms a boring pair into eye-catching eyewear that you can flaunt with pride because you own a unique pair. Another advantage of wooden frames, apart from their eco-friendly feature, is that wood complements all colors. They are not shiny and do not look cheap so you have million dollar looks as well. For a super cool look you can opt for recycled wood.