Sustainably Wooden

Wooden Question MarkWhat do you think of when you hear of wood? You know. Like the natural product?

Maybe you think of a desk or a splinter (ouch!), or maybe the common phrase “knock on wood.”  Countless possibilities for wood exist. Maybe even more than you imagined.

Last month, I went to a CVS Pharmacy right across the street from my house. As I was standing in line waiting to purchase the items I had, I looked up behind the cashier and saw wooden headphones. I immediately became interested in them because just this past spring semester, I wrote an article for my university’s student magazine on wooden glasses. I had already been stunned by the discovery of wooden glasses, but that day in CVS took me even more by surprise.

Wood is quickly becoming the “not so new” sustainable material to use for many different products. The reason I say “not so new” is because we all know that wood has been around for centuries. It just wasn’t the preferred material to use on products such as glasses because it was unsustainable.

Now that wood has been found sustainable, various optical companies have adopted wood as their new eco-friendly material. During my research, I favored a few companies whose products appealed to me.

Holding Wooden BoardCapital Eyewear, San Francisco based, offers eyewear made with walnut wood and newly added redwood. They also offer glasses and sunglasses made with bioplastic frames made from plants. This bioplastic material is 100% renewable, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. In addition, with every purchase comes a leather case with a vegan option available.

Proof Eyewear has an entire ECO Collection with glasses and sunglasses made from plant based acetate materials and the finest woods available. The ECO Collection is also 100% renewable, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Proof also makes wooden lighters, wooden wallets/ money clips and a wood case for their eyewear.

Kayu Design, which is based in California, sells sunglasses made from bamboo and damu wood. Kayu also sells an amazing variety of handbags made from straw, wood, shell and wool.

Not only do these companies sell wooden products, most of the companies whose websites I reviewed support a particular cause such as Proof Eyewear with their India project. According to the company website, every purchase is meaningful: “Proof not only strives to give back to the environment, they also strive to help those in need. A portion of each sale goes to nonprofit charities Proof believes in. Proof works with nonprofits in India that provide sight giving surgeries to people with cataracts.”

Finding out about wooden glasses got my interest going about all wooden products. They’re stylish and they support our earth. Now I’d like to own a pair of wooden sunglasses and headphones. How about you?

Chelsea Felton

Chelsea Felton was born and raised in the Los Angeles County. She is a current student at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California studying English and journalism. She has a passion for issues of self-esteem, identity, beauty, and love. She has a love for all things art, but a special place in her heart for written works. More specifically, poetry is her deepest interest. She has written a multitude of poems and is now looking to dedicate more time to her craft to find her own style and voice. She plans to someday send a series of novels to publish along with books of poetry as well.

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Author: Chelsea Felton

Chelsea Felton was born and raised in the Los Angeles County. She is a current student at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California studying English and journalism. She has a passion for issues of self-esteem, identity, beauty, and love. She has a love for all things art, but a special place in her heart for written works. More specifically, poetry is her deepest interest. She has written a multitude of poems and is now looking to dedicate more time to her craft to find her own style and voice. She plans to someday send a series of novels to publish along with books of poetry as well.

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