Photographed by ANASTASIA GARCIA
Still Life Photographed by NED MATURA

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Facing the proof that eyewear can be both stylish to the max and greenly sustainable.

PARADIGM Bronte from Kenmark Eyewear

ROXY 3003 from Mondottica USA

From top: DRAGON 9012 from Marchon Eyewear; ANDY WOLF 01 from Andy Wolf Eyewear; SPERRY Anchor from L’Amy America

BOTANIQ 1043T from Tura

From top: STELLA MCCARTNEY 50042I from Thelios; JOE JOSEPH ABBOUD 4107 from Altair Eyewear

From top: PRESCOTT from Shwood Eyewear; VICTORIA from Costa

From top:TOMMY HILFIGER 2032/S from Safilo; ECO Cicely from Modo


And so, in grows… sustainability in the eyewear arena. Of course it does, and even though the challenge is huge based on the actual materials used and fused in the complex presence of every eyeglass, it is well worth noting that the quest for a greener footprint and a respectful world consciousness of what we make and what we wear is of paramount importance. Going green makes sense in every way. But the actual processes involved must be done in a forthright and trustworthy partnership approach involving manufacturers, vendors, retailer/dispensers and the increasingly conscientious consumer. There was a time, not that long ago, where the main material and fit functionality of eyewear was rightly focused on skin reactions. That factor remains, grows and ushers in well with the growing focus on sustainability. Other products are already well versed in this environmental and personal-concern initiative. All would do well to intensify the sake and agenda.

Our vision of the future and the eyewear we hold in high regard depends on it.

–James J. Spina