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Plant a tree… Recycle… Turn off the lights when you leave the room… Wear eco-friendly glasses?

Yes, that's right. You make a difference with your choice of eyewear.

And with Earth Day on April 22, helping the planet is in the air. Born in 1970, Earth Day originated with Senator Gaylord Nelsen of Wisconsin, who had been trying for years to get the government to recognize environmental issues. He was concerned because no one was taking the environmental crisis seriously, and it was causing public health problems.

Since then, the modern environmental movement has grown, with multiple initiatives working to reduce air pollution, toxic spills and loss of wilderness. Along with these efforts, a handful of eyeglasses and sunglasses brands have joined the movement.

Make the step to reducing your carbon footprint by checking out the following brands.

REVO

Revo makes sunglasses for outdoor adventurers and travel enthusiasts. With its wearers spending so much time in an environment they want to preserve, it's no wonder that Revo is so eco-conscious with its materials.

The Revo Bearing Prescription Sunglasses, for example, are made from a sustainable nylon that comes from the seeds of a castor bean plant. Revo also offers the Mooring Sunglasses, which are rimless shades with temples made of 100% recycled nylon plastics. Both these sunglasses feature polarized lenses and anti-reflective coating, making them perfect for your next adventure.

ECO

You know it's going to be good for the environment when eco is in its name. In addition to creating eyeglasses and sunglasses from 95% recycled stainless steel or plastics, ECO plants a tree for every product sold and partners with OneSight, a foundation where people can donate unwanted frames to those in need. ECO is also the only eyewear company to receive an Environmental Claims Validation from UL Environment, which certifies that ECO eyewear is made from recycled materials.

Eco 1049 Eyeglasses

Eco 1049 Eyeglasses

For a simple pair of sunglasses, try the men's ECO 0108 Sunglasses. Not only will your purchase make you feel good about yourself, but you will be interested to know that the Tort version is a favorite of actor Leonardo Di Caprio. For more of an artistic blend, try the ECO 1049 Eyeglasses for women. The angled lenses and round temple pieces provide the right combination of recycled materials and fashion.

GUCCI

With their affinity for trying new materials, it's no surprise that the high-end Gucci brand has branched out into eco-conscious plastics. Gucci provides an alternative to petroleum-based plastics for the fashion-conscious consumer.

Made of a plastic material from castor-oil seeds, the women's Gucci 3514/S Sunglasses feature Gucci's signature green-red-green web stripes on the temples. To go with the Earth Day theme, these shields are available in a metallic green.

VON ZIPPER

Instead of offering only a few environmentally-friendly styles, Von Zipper has many styles with one or two eco-conscious versions. Referring to these versions as Shift into Neutral, Von Zipper believes that it's always better to leave the campsite better than you found it.

The frames of the Von Zipper Drydock Eco-Friendly Sunglasses, like most sustainable frames, are made from castor bean oil. However, they still come with as much strength and flexibility as Von Zipper's other sunglasses, staying in place well and lasting a long time.

OAKLEY

With Oakley's dedication to making the best sunglasses for athletes with an active outdoor lifestyle, it makes sense that they would offer an environmentally-friendly pair.

Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses

Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses

Whether or not you are familiar with professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist, you will want to be after you learn about the Bob Burnquist Signature Series Fuel Cell Sunglasses. This particular frame is made of excess materials from the manufacture of eyewear. In addition, the included storage bag for this version is also eco-friendly, as it is made from bamboo, just like the "O" logo on these sunglasses. When you purchase these shades, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Action Sports Environmental Coalition.

If you were looking for a way to make a difference this Earth Day and you need a pair of new glasses, why not try one of the frames mentioned above? You can look fashionable and still protect your eyes and the Earth.

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