1% For The Planet

Many eyewear companies pronounce themselves eco-friendly. Using recycled plastic, reusing materials that would normally be thrown away and or using natural materials such as buffalo horn and wood, allow the eyewear manufacturer to label themselves as eco-friendly. All good things.

Some companies have taken themselves a little further, such as Drift Eyewear a new eco friendly eyewear company that combines both plastic and FSC certified wood into their eyewear design.

What Makes Them Eco-Friendly?

  • All  woods are sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified suppliers.
  • Members of 1% for the Planet. – donate 1% of net sales to helping preserve our planet
    for generations to come.
  • The fronts are made of the highest quality cellulose acetate (CA). CA is a derivative of the wood pulping process and is a non-petroleum based plastic.
  • Use a VOC and formaldehyde free epoxy.
  • Coating is water based and zero VOC.
  • The travel pouch is constructed of 100% Organic Linen and 100% Organic Cotton.
  • Marketing materials are printed on 100% recycled paper with water based inks
  • Local Company- they do not outsource to China, manufactured in the USA in Chicago!
Drift Eyewear

The styling is trendy appealing to the ‘street eyewear’ and extreme sport look. Most wood eyewear companies are using wood throughout the whole frame, Drift is using a combination of plastic and wood, meshing 2 textures.

Handmade aspects of Drift Eyewear

I applaud Drift Eyewear as well as other Eco Friendly eyewear companies for taking the iniative to 1.) Starting their business 2.) Go Eco Friendly, with low carbon footprint 3.) Give Back to the Planet 4.) Support companies/ suppliers  that follow their ecological emphasis. 5.) Made in USA!  I wish them well!

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  1. DRIFT’s newest line of wood eyewear “The Caulfield” is now available at select retail stores in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles with more cities coming soon.

  2. I work with wood myself and I feel that these are not unique. I saw a pair in a shop in Chicago, the front part of the glasses are plastic and the only wooden aspect is the poorly crafted wooden temples. Overall it’s a good attempt, I think in a few more years the work might become worthy of a real review but the prices are cheap so like the phrase goes, “you get what you pay for”.

  3. Good to hear that more and more companies are becoming eco-friendly. Adopting eco-friendly manufacturing practices for producing various products will definitely help the surrounding environment. Drift Eyewear is a great example of being both innovative and environmentally friendly. Hopefully the new eyewear will soon be distributes in the major

  4. […] Drift Eyewear (New) Wood and Acetate, FSC Certified wood and gives back to 1% for the Planet […]

  5. It is great to hear that Drift Eyewear are being innovative with eyewear and using it in their designs, it shows long term commitment towards being environmentally friendly. High street opticians are also starting to embrace eco-friendly eyewear, these on-going efforts are the way forward.

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