Sunglasses are more than just fashionable accoutrement.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), protecting our eyes is just as important as slathering on sunblock.
In fact, research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases the likelihood of certain cataracts that, while curable with modern eye surgery, can and will diminish the eyesight of millions of Americans and cost billions of dollars in medical care each year.
Other kinds of eye damage include pterygium, a tissue growth that can block vision, cause skin cancer around the eyes, and promote degeneration of the macula. All these problems can be lessened with proper eye protection from UV rays.
This is where you get to have fun and feel justified getting something stylish to protect yourself and, of course, do it sustainably.
One of the more interesting sunglass lines I’ve come across as of late is the iWood line. Constructed from excess FSC-certified woods, iWood glasses are assembled with non-toxic glues and VOC-free coatings on the lenses.
Wait a minute, that said, what the heck are your sunglasses made of?