Our relationship with bamboo is ancient, stretching across the world and covering thousands of years. Our relationship to the sun goes back to our very beginning, and now two of our oldest relationships have come together to help mankind face the next century. Bamboo Sunglasses are here and they are everywhere!
The use of bamboo as protection from the sun is not a new concept, as it stems back to antiquity when bamboo umbrellas were used as shade cover. Seen as a symbol of fertility and friendship in the east, the list of things made from bamboo seems to grow longer every day; almost as fast as bamboo can grow. Bamboo is known for being an ultra-green sustainable material, because it grows very rapidly, even in poor soil. Some varieties can grow up to 12 inches in a single day, and the individual stalks can be cut and harvested without damaging the plant. There is no better time to protect your eyes while you are looking to protect the planet.
Bamboo is incredibly strong, with very high tensile strength comparable with that of steel. The strength and light-weight of bamboo makes it ideal for making sunglasses. The market potential of bamboo itself is massive and growing. Dozens of sunglass manufacturers are moving forward with bamboo designs; from name brands and one offs, to specialty shops and sites that specialize in bamboo frames. This super grass is found to be a versatile and renewable resource that can generate sustainable development.
As humanity turns toward a greener vision, bamboo is now being used extensively all over the world as a low cost, renewable and plentiful material in a variety of construction materials. As Deforestation is ravaging our planet, here is just one more way that our old friend bamboo has stepped in to help us find a better way to live and a better way to make sunglasses.