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ZEAL Optics demonstrates sustainable style with their plant-based sunglasses. The Boulder-based company makes every sunglass frame from Z-Resin(TM), a bio-based plastic made from castor bean oil instead of crude oil, making the product eco-friendly without sacrificing quality or performance. ZEAL is proud of its commitment to eco-friendly practices while continuing its drive to produce quality eyewear.

“ZEAL’s passion is based on an active lifestyle and enjoying the planet,” said ZEAL Optics director of marketing, Joe Prebich. “Every effort has been made to make our sunglasses not only the best active wear fit, but also to really be proactive in building with responsibility.”

Z-Resin(TM) is derived from the castor plant, which has a positive effect on the environment and can be planted and replanted while crude oil releases tons of CO2 during its manufacture, harming the eco-system. In fact, the castor plant is a near perfect resource because it’s an efficient, extremely fast-growing perennial that’s easy to grow, withstands drought and thrives on marginal lands, meaning it doesn’t compete with food crops.

In order to take steps in the way of eco-consciousness the ZEAL team is also committed to biking to work. This month the entire marketing team is participating in the Boulder Earth Day 5k, where all proceeds benefit the Center for Resource Conservation.

“Surrounded by the great community of Boulder, preserving the planet as best we can is part of our everyday lives,” added Joe Prebich. “Having a green focus isn’t a strategic plan, its just part of the roots of ZEAL.”

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About ZEAL Optics:

ZEAL Optics is based in Boulder, Colorado. Known for revolutionary advances in performance eyewear, ZEAL’s passion is creating some of the world’s best performing sunglasses and goggles for those that enjoy an active lifestyle. Every ZEAL sunglass frame is made from Z-resin, a plant-based plastic made from castor bean oil instead of crude oil, creating not just a “green line” but making their full line of eyewear. ZEAL also defined the winter sports market by introducing the Z3 GPS goggle ( and will soon be introducing the iON goggle, a revolutionary goggle with built in HD video and photo ( Stay tuned to ZEAL Optic’s Facebook page at for more updates.


  1. I love this concept. Even though the environmental movement has been going strong for a long time, products are rarely green *and* good looking at the same time. These fit the bill perfectly. I will definitely be putting in a request at my eye doctor in Olympia for eyewear like this. Thanks for the awareness!

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