What is bio-acetate?

Bio-acetate uses cotton or wood pulp to create an eco-friendly alternative to plastic.  It’s made without crude oil and is certified biodegradable.   It The material reduces CO2 production by at least 54%.   This makes bio-acetate glasses biodegradable, significantly reducing unnecessary waste and promoting further mindful consumption for environmentally-inclined consumers.

Benefits of bio-acetate

Bio-acetate is similar to its standard counterpart in almost every way. This allows brands and fashion houses to retain familiar designs and looks in their frames while being more environmentally friendly. Bio-acetate sunglasses provide the same quality and performance as their standard alternative but are marketed for a more ecologically conscious generation of consumers.

Aside from cutting down CO2 production, bio-acetate is also hypoallergenic BPA FREE, making it a safe alternative for people with sensitive skin. Bio-acetate frames are also more robust and highly flexible, bending instead of easily breaking like most plastic. The material biodegrades within three years in natural environments, while it takes a mere 115 days to biodegrade in industrial composting conditions.


Bio-acetate Opportunity

Cellulose acetate has overtaken the premium eyewear industry. The make up of acetate is already largely plant based, but conventional acetates usually have plasticisers which release toxic chemicals when they biodegrade.  Biodegradable acetate uses bio-based plasticisers made from renewable sources and ensures that premium hand feel, look and quality.

Many brands have made bio-acetate eyewear widely available to consumers, such as Ray-Ban and Oakley. Meanwhile, Marchon Eyewear is using Eastman’s Acetate Renew materials to create its premium frames. These materials are made from 60% bio-based content and 40% certified recycled content to reduce landfill scrap, greenhouse gas emissions, and fossil fuel usage.

At the end of the day, sustainable sunglasses and eyewear have become a growing trend in fashion — and they’re here to stay.

Will the frames last as long as before?

Yes. The technical properties of bio acetate are the same as before, meaning that when looked after properly – your eyewear frames should last for many years. They can be repaired and serviced multiple times before they ever require disposal.

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