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As summer is right around the corner, my brain is starting to think of sun safety for the whole family. In one of my Sun Safety Series posts, I mentioned that sunglasses are essential in sun protection for your eyes. There are a couple of eye diseases attributable to sun exposure such as Keratitis (corneal sunburn) and cataracts.* Sunglasses are more than just fashion accessories, they offer protection from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
I received the Butterfly sunnies in black/turquoise and the Rounded Cat Eye black/white sunnies from ICU Eyewear for review. The Butterfly is not your ordinary sunglasses, it is eco-friendly. The Butterfly is not only recyclable, but was made with recycled material. In addition to being super cute (I love over-sized sunglasses), it protects my eyes from UVA and UVB. It actually comes in two colors, black/turquoise and white/turquoise.
The Rounded Cat Eye is not part of the Eco Collection. However, I wanted to compare sunnies from the Eco Collection and the regular collection. You can’t tell the difference between which is made from recycled material and which is not. They both feel the same. They also both function well. I haven’t bent the temples far enough to test them. These are made well, but any plastic frame will snap if you give it enough force. I like these sunnies too much to try and break them.
Favorite features of ICU Eyewear Eco Collection
- Sunnies and reading glasses are certified carbon neutral products
- Frames and lenses are recyclable
- Some frames are made with recycled or renewable content
- Wide variety of designs and styles
There are about six different designs that come in a couple of colors in the Eco Collection. In addition to the Butterfly, I also like the Modern Cat Eye. As far as the regular sunnies collection, some of my favorites are the Large Cat Eye, Large Leatherette Cat Eye, Metal Aviators, and Metal Temples Trim.
One thing to note about the ICU Eywear sunnies is how they affect what you are seeing. They give a brownish tint. It doesn’t affect the clarity of what you are seeing, but it’s like looking through a filter. Well, you are looking through a filter. However, there’s an added layer of flares. When looking in the direction of the sun, you will see flares where the sun is. The further you turn from the sun, the flares will begin to disappear. I tried to capture the image in the photo below. The picture on the left is what you would see without the sunglasses. The image on the right is what you would see with the sunglasses on (except not so brown). Notice how there are flares on the upper right? That’s kind of how it is when looking through the sunnies. The flare effect disappears when you’re inside the car; I’m guessing because of the windshield and windows.
The price point of these sunnies, regular and Eco Collection, start at $21.95. Not bad at all.
I’m hosting a giveaway for a pair of ICU Eyewear sunnies. Head on over to the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop and enter for a chance to win your very own pair.
How do you protect your eyes from the sun’s UV? What are your favorite sunglasses?
Disclosure: Sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.