One of the most eco-friendly materials an eyewear designer can use is cork. Cork is biodegradable, fire retardant and lightweight. Best of all removing cork from trees does not kill the tree, in fact due to production, that is the last thing you would want to do is kill trees. Cork has been used for hundreds of years, but today Cork is used for flooring, tableware, clothing, furniture and best known for wine corks.
We have found a few eyewear companies that are making eyewear and sunwear from cork. Most are usually cork as accent or detail work. Some have combined cork with material such as stainless steel and other are making cork eyewear from cork.
1.) The first fashion sunglass we have found out of cork was a vintage look from Elsa Schiaparelli.
2.) Klara Plaskova has created a whole wardrobe out of cork.
3.) C-Zone, Netherlands based eyewear company, cork eyewear is inlaid over metal.
4.) Catuma Eyewear from Italy creates eyewear from all types of natural materials such as linen, wood, steel. leather, stone and cork accents.
5.) Exalt Cycle based Swiss company has been using cork as an accent for many years. They offer a full selection of mens and women’s fashion eyewear all with cork temples.
6.) Kraa Kraa out of Finland uses both steele and cork in this sporty eyewear style.
7.) Adrian Goegl created an Oak & Dust Eyewear collection using a 3D printer.
8.) Australia based Sticks and Sparrow uses cork on the temples. Zyl Acetate fronts are accentuated by cork temples.
9.) Indianas Formentra from South America uses cork and wood from South American trees.
10.) Beautiful artisan eyewear designs out of cork are coming from Portugal based eyewear company Cara d’Pau. One of the top producers of cork is Portugal.
11.) O Tree out of Korea appear to have cork temples.
Here is an instruction on how to make your own Cork Eyewear from Oil And Blue
As you get ready for Earth Day, which is hopefully for many everyday, consider greening your eyewear choices with eyeglasses and or sunglasses using cork.