“Wearing sunglasses that do not provide enough UV protection may be as harmful as not wearing any at all.” .. Wait, hold up, what? It came as a shock to me when I was at the beach with my friend David, and he told me that looking through a dark lens causes your eyes to dilate, and allow in more UV rays. UV rays cause eye damage, and my precious retinas are obviously a part of my body I don’t want to mess around with. Sneaking a sugary cupcake every now and then is one thing, but not taking care of your eyes is a risk that’s never worth it! I’ve never been one to buy nice shades, because I’m not the best at, well, not-having-things-stolen-from-me. Is that a skill I was just born without? Anyway, $5 sunnies were my thing until I began shopping from only sustainable and fair trade brands. Then, when I knew I needed to look for glasses that promise at least the recommended 99 percent UVB and 95 percent UVA protection, I wanted to search for my new “go-to” brand.
Luckily, there’s quite a lot of high-quality sustainable sunglasses options to choose from, and you can find them on the Bags & Accessories Directory here on the site! The thing is, though, not all polarized (even better than your average UV protected lenses) shades are in my price range. This is the problem that led me to this brand called Blue Planet Eyewear. When I moved from Maui to Carpinteria, CA, I found Blue Planet Eyewear in just about every surf and retail shop on Linden Avenue and they checked every box. Recycled Materials. Ethically Made. Really Affordable. Polarized. CUTE. They also serve the mission to provide prescription glasses to kids around the world that don’t have access to any! Anyway, I have about five pairs now and I also have a discount code for you to use. Head to the site HERE to shop and use code KOKUA20 at checkout!