There are two major methods of creating wooden sunglasses, laminated wood and solid wood. Laminate wood consists of layers of wood glued together and pressed to create an extremely durable wood-based material. Solid wood, on the other hand, is 100% natural wood without any additional glue or treatments. Although generally not as strong as a laminate, solid wood offers a more traditional, natural wood look.
One of the most important things to consider when looking at wood sunglasses are whether they are produced using sustainably sourced wood. Many supplies today use types of wood that can not be sustainably harvested. Sustainable hardwoods are harvested from forests managed to maintain a natural balance of tree and plant diversity. The harvesters also take pains to reduce the impact of the harvest by maintaining a buffer of trees around waterways and reseeding areas damaged by the lumbering equipment.
Rustic Abandon only sources wood from species and forests that can be harvested in a sustainable manner. On top of that we donate 10% of profits to charities and causes that include environmental conservation. The end result is that we only purchase wood from sustainable forests that are already managed to have a low impact on the environment and then on the back end donate additional funds to help repair other forests that may not have been harvested sustainably by other manufacturers.
Today’s acetates are known for being strong, lightweight, and flexible. Cellulose acetate also has the widest range for transparency, rich colors, and finishes. More complex colorations are able to be produced by layering several colors or transparencies in layers and sandwiching them together.
There are endless possibilities for these laminated acetates. Cellulose acetate is a non-petroleum based plastic that is made from natural cotton and wood fibers. While petroleum products can be more expensive and harmful to the environment, cellulose acetate is made from renewable materials. Cellulose Acetate for eyewear is made by forming layers of plastic into large blocks then carefully slicing individual parts, hand polishing and finally assembling them into a frame.
Many of our sunglasses are created using a fusion of Acetate and Wood both of which are ultimately sustainably harvested via tree and plant materials.
Some titanium frames are made from an alloy that is a combination of titanium and other metals, such as nickel or copper. In general, titanium alloy frames cost less than 100 percent titanium frames. Because of titanium’s attributes, titanium and titanium hybrid frames make for incredibly durable and lightweight sunglasses.
Rustic Abandon is committed to only using recyclable or sustainable materials and titanium is a great material for this purpose. Recycling titanium has a positive impact on the environment. It reduces the need to dig for virgin materials, thereby conserving wildlife habitats and protecting the integrity of the soil. Recycling titanium uses less energy than sourcing and producing components from raw materials, which saves money and creates less pollution. Recycled titanium is not as valuable as copper, but it is more valuable than stainless steel and other ferrous metals.