These plant-based sunglasses are better for the Earth

Tired of spending your hard-earned cash on fancy sunglasses that you know are going to end up in a landfill in a couple of years? So are we. That's why you should check out TURTL plant-based sunglasses. Both the frame and lenses of these eco-friendly sunglasses are plant-based, and they biodegrade in 115 days. It's summer sustainable fashion that has us breathing easy.

These plant-based sunglasses are better for the Earth
TURTL Eco Friendly Sunglasses on a Woman

If you’re like me, you probably feel a twinge of guilt every time you add a new pair of sunglasses to your collection. You see the plastic frames piling up in your bedside table drawer, year after year. While you love these accessories now, they will still be on Earth for many years after they’ve stopped being useful to you. But it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s the hope behind TURTL plant-based sunglasses. The makers of these shades want to help us protect our eyes in a fashionable and eco-friendly way.

Fast fashion is harmful to the environment. According to Scientific American citing the EPA, clothing accounted for 9% of US municipal solid waste in 2014. And this waste often contains plastics that never biodegrade, sunglasses included. TURTL sunglasses, however, give consumers an alternative. These eco-friendly sunglasses combine leading bioplastics technology with Italian craftsmanship, resulting in a pair of shades you’ll truly be proud to wear.

These sunglasses look like they just came off the runway at Paris Fashion Week. With lenses crafted by a French company and three stylish designs to choose from, TURTL comes pretty close. These frames feature trendy curves and natural colors that will make a sophisticated addition to anyone’s wardrobe. And each pair is crafted by hand in a third-generation family workshop in the Italian Alps. It just doesn’t get any more artisan than that, even if you’re buying a pair of designer sunglasses.

TURTL Eco Friendly Sunglasses

TURTL Eco-Friendly Sunglasses on a Man

TURTL Eco Friendly Sunglasses

Eco-Friendly Sunglasses on a Woman

TURTL Eco Friendly Sunglasses

TURTL Eco-Friendly Sunglasses on a Woman Outside

TURTL Eco Friendly Sunglasses

TURTL Eco-Friendly Sunglasses on a Man Near the Sea

TURTL Eco Friendly Sunglasses

TURTL Eco-Friendly Sunglasses on a Stone Wall

These frames are biodegradable

Unlike your typical sunglass frames that are made from plastic, TURTL frames are handcrafted and made from biodegradable cellulose acetate, a 100% natural plastic made from sustainably-sourced wood pulp. This means that your frames will begin breaking down once they’ve been exposed to fungi or bacteria that feed off of cellulose enzymes. So you could put these sunglasses in your compost pile and, in 115 days, they’ll have broken down. Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?

The lenses are plant-based

If you’re a sunglasses fanatic, you know that frames are just a mere part of the overall creation. The lenses, too, play a key role. That’s why the makers of these plant-based sunglasses had their lenses made in France by world-renowned Dalloz Creations. These lenses are made from castor plants, and their quality lets you enjoy clearer vision, better color perception, reduced glare, and less eye fatigue all with reduced environmental impact.

These eco-friendly shades offer 100% UV protection

Worried that a pair of plant-based sunglasses won’t offer the sun protection your eyes need? Don’t be. TURTL sunglasses offer 100% UV protection. That’s more than you’d get from lighter fashion sunglasses. Who could have thought that a stylish and sustainable pair of sunglasses could also be some of the best at protecting your eye health? Best of all, the frames are ergonomically designed for a comfortable fit.

This biodegradable fashion saves you money

TURTL’S Indiegogo page cites a Forbes study showing that retail sunglasses priced upwards of $400 cost around $25 to produce. That’s nearly a 1,600% markup! Your editor, for one, doesn’t want to pay those prices to protect her eyes once the sunnier weather rolls in. You shouldn’t either. These plant-based sunglasses, however, are affordable. Using eco-friendly materials and direct-to-consumer business, TURTL brings you fantastic sunglasses without exorbitant prices or environmental harm.

For my part, I’m planning on getting a few of these frames for myself and my family this year. I love that these plant-based frames are stylish, affordable, and—best of all—won’t end up in a landfill somewhere. TURTL plant-based sunglasses cost $99 and are available for preorder on Indiegogo.

Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she's not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters.
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