If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly alternative to purely wooden sunglasses, look no further than bamboo. And why bamboo, exactly? Well, for starters it’s less expensive to manufacture bamboo glasses than pure wooden sunglasses, so your wallet will walk away from the purchase a bit more happy. And then there’s the fact that bamboo are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world (growing up to a whole foot in just 24 hours!), meaning that they’re a highly renewable resource and therefore an ideal material for responsible sunglass manufacturers to use.
While you’re checking out all the bamboo sunglasses that are out there, go ahead and check out EarthShade’s new Origin line – sleek and chic while still not as minimalist as the Slims. You have a couple different frame and lens options to pick from, and their lighter style is perfect for the upcoming spring. For a darker frame color, you can go with the Brown Bamboo, with the option of picking between a brown or smoked lens. Or, if you want a lighter framed color, you can go with the Carbonized Bamboo pair, with green ice or smoked lenses. What’s really cool about this pair of shades is the carbonized part – a fancy term for saying they’re baked, which gives them a sort of tan and a more aged appearance, making it easier to see the grain.
More About Bamboo
So why exactly would bamboo be a good next purchase? In case you’re still skeptical and need a little more convincing, here are 5 reasons why it’s worth considering bamboo shades:
- They’re more likely to float in water because of the porous nature of bamboo. Okay, so this isn’t the most earthshattering quality you could find, but it’s still pretty cool. Maybe because humans can’t really do it unless we’re in the Dead Sea, but there’s just something cool about watching things float in the water. Plus it’s actually useful in case you drop your shades, since you’ll be able to find them much easier if they’re just floating around in the pool.
- Don’t be fooled by bamboo’s lightweight nature – it’s actually super strong. Did you know that this material is used widely in the construction industry? That’s right! Bamboo is utilized in the making of walls, furniture, and even flooring. What’s better than being both super lightweight and incredibly sturdy? Hopefully you won’t ever put your sunglasses through stressful situations, but if you do, they’re much more likely to last than those plastic pairs you’re used to buying!
- Bamboo is an incredible renewable source – not only does it grow quickly, but also after it’s harvested it grows right back up, thanks to its fantastically amazing root system. (And speaking to it growing so fast – did you know that’s because bamboo is actually technically a grass?? What a well-kept secret!)
- Promoting the growth is one thing we humans can do to take care of our earth – with all the pollution we put back in the air, our home deserves a little care. Bamboo is a great plant to have an abundance of – this plant releases more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide than other plants. So as long as we’re responsible in making sure we take care of bamboo and let it grow back, it’s definitely a plant we could use an abundance of.
- In terms of being responsible, again – bamboo is fantastic. Nobody needs to use pesticides or fertilizers to grow bamboo. Bamboo is also incredibly easy to grow and take care of, which you’ll have noticed if you’ve bought any bamboo plants – it requires no irrigation. The burden on bamboo growers is therefore a lot lighter than it would be if bamboo were a bit more high maintenance, and it’s always good to know that the people who made the products you use weren’t all that stressed out.
As much damage as we’ve done to our planet, the good news is that environmental awareness seems to be on the rise. It’s easy to get pessimistic – “With about 7.6 billion people in the world, how much difference can my one purchase make?” is what you very well may be thinking right now. And it’s true – one purchase made by one person may not have all that great of an impact. But the cool thing is that as humans, we’re very social people, and we really have a thing for mimicking each other. Meaning what exactly? That if we see a sweet new pair of shades on someone and they look good in them, we’re much more likely to copy that person. And it’s much better to start a healthy trend than a bad one, so try out some of our Bamboo styles today and just see if your friends aren’t impressed!