How to buy eco friendly glasses – on any budget.

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Our latest video covers the main three things that make a pair of glasses environmentally friendly.

When you purchase your next pair of glasses, there are three decisions you will make:

  • Which frames you choose.
  • What lenses you put in those frames.
  • The store you decide to buy them from.

Here’s how you can help the environment with each of these choices you make:

#1 – Frames

If you’re conscious about the environmental impact of your purchases, but love stylish glasses, there’s never been a better time to shop (providing you find an optician who stocks these kind of frames). Nowadays, there are frames made from all kinds of alternative materials, rather than traditional metals (which have to be mined from the earth) or plastics (which too often find their way into the ocean).

Firstly, you can get frames made from recycled metal. I think it’s great that recycling has finally found it’s way into eyewear. We stock recycled frames from Eco Eyewear – you can find their website at Eco Eyewear also have a beautifully colourful collection of frames made from biobased material (plant extracts). The best part of Eco Eyewear frames is that a tree is planted for each pair purchased.

Another great thing about Eco Eyewear frames is that they are really affordable, and each one comes with its own sun-clip. That’s why they were #1 in our list of the best value glasses available in 2020.

You can purchase the eco sunglasses worn by Robert in the video featured at the top of this page through our online store.

But if you’re looking for glasses which are both premium quality and eco-friendly, there are more options out there for you. We’ve already showcased 3D printed frames above, and these are better for the environment since they are made through additive manufacturing – where only the material needed is used. In addition, 3D printed frames utilise a unique material which is biocompatible (impossible to be allergic to, so they don’t cause irritation), durable and ultra-lightweight. Here’s a great article we found on 3D printed glasses:

You might also want to consider frames made from natural materials such as leather, stone, and wood. Products made from natural materials are obviously far more renewable than those made from plastics, but they also look incredible. Check out the Lucas de Stael website to view some of the most amazing glasses in the world. We also have a large collection in-stock, and I cannot recommend them enough.

You will never get two frames from Lucas de Stael that look identical. The above pairs are made from stone.

#2 – Lenses

We often consider the frames we’re choosing far more than the lenses. But the lenses in your glasses are the most important part! Not only can the lenses you choose have a big impact on how you see (just like one camera lens can help produce a better photo than another), but some lenses are manufactured in a much more environmentally friendly way. And that’s why we partner with Zeiss – learn more about them here:

This video explains some of the latest innovations in Zeiss lenses.

Zeiss lenses are made using less wastage, less water, and less packaging, making them the ideal choice if you’re eco-conscious, or just want amazingly clear vision.

Since 2009/10, ZEISS have achieved:

  • A 46% reduction in (relative) energy consumption as compared to 2009/10.
  • A 38% reduction in (relative) water consumption as compared to 2009/10.
  • A 30% reduction in (relative) waste volume as compared to 2009/10.
  • A 47% reduction in (relative) CO2 emissions as compared to 2009/10.

#3 – Where to buy

That’s where we come in. Not only are we a Zeiss specialist, you can find a showcase of all the different types of eco friendly frames available. You’ll receive expert advice on which are the best for you and your budget, and our Visufit 1000 lets you compare how you look in different styles from any angle, making getting the right glasses easy.

And there’s more. LED lighting and underfloor heating make our store extremely energy efficient. The solar panels on our roof generate more energy on average than we consume. We’re committed to being an eco friendly company and continue to look more initiatives to help protect the environment.

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Read Our Reviews

The Spectacle Factory is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 16 review(s).


Living some 300 miles from The Spectacle Factory visiting was not an option for me, however, after checking all the reviews I decided not only to buy my J.F. Rey frames (seen on an online video by Robert) but also have my Zeiss smart life progressive lenses made by them. I had no worries. After taking advice from Robert the measurements required for the lenses were done locally at a nominal cost. I am now the proud owner of a pair of handmade 'wow' glasses and a very happy new customer. Use them with confidence. The customer service is truely outstanding.

- Alan Astin


Well they you pay for what you get. It’s definitely true of The Spectacle Factory. There customer service is the best I have experienced anywhere. I was not rushed with any decision and I was made to feel like I was there most important customer. What I paid was an eye watering amount but I got smartlife ziess lenses and frames that are very comfortable. I now also have very clear vision when reading. I thought it was not clear due to lighting in modern offices and homes. Wrong it was bad lenses and persecution not being quite right. Thank you for sorting it all out at the first attempt.

- Heath Christy


ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT I have been using the Spectacle Factory for a long time, but the latest visit was the best BY FAR..... I desperately needed an eye test, and was fitted in quickly. James, the optician, was excellent , as usual. 4 members of staff were outstanding in the service I received. Robert, Ben and Emma were absolutely perfect.....and Ruth, the manager was excellent, as she always is. The best visit by far...I cannot rate this place higher !!!

- K Rhys


Welcomed by and dealt with Robert during the whole process of choosing through to final fitting. Great service, great range of glasses, really helpful and informative. I would highly recommend

- Jenny T


After reading all the positive reviews I decided that a 40 minute drive would be worth it to try and get a new prescription and frames- I wear my glasses all day so need to get this right. I was so impressed with everyone’s desire to be helpful and make sure I was happy at every part of my visit. I wasn’t the quickest at choosing new frames but never felt rushed by Robert. He listened and gave helpful advice as we worked through choosing the frames and lenses I needed. They have a huge range of frames which meant I ended up with a pair I was really happy with. I actually chose a pair of prescription sunglasses as well, which I have been meaning to do for years. I loved the combination of cutting edge technology and personalised service. It’s so nice to see a team that places such a priority on customer satisfaction - they certainly deserve 5 stars.

- S McReynolds


Fantastic service! I attended the spectacle factory over a year ago for an eye test. They were amazing, and so patient with me! My Polaroid frame broke recently, so in desperate need called the spectacle factory to order a replacement frame. They were so efficient and helpful. Also my frames were covered under warranty and I didn’t have to pay a penny. AMAZING. Couldn’t recommend them anymore!

- Rebecca F


Friendly service, thanks to Robert who took the time and care to ensure that I was happy with my new glasses. I would definitely recommend.

- Paul Wellman


Visited the Spectacle Factory a couple of weeks ago for the first time. James did my eye test and was very thorough and informative. Chose a pair of glasses afterwards with the help of another member of staff. Great customer service. I have always gone to high street opticians before and never sure what glasses suit me. I was allowed to take my time and offered helpful advice. Love my new glasses which I picked up with the week. I will be returning to the Spectacle factory in the future. Far superior in terms of quality and customer service compared to other opticians I have been too.

- J B


My wife and I both have great glasses (and sunglasses) from The Spectacle Factory. Right from our very first visit we have been very impressed with the highest level of care and attention to detail, both with eye tests and the choice of lenses and frames. They seem to have a flair for helping you to choose the right glasses. Once your order is ready, nothing is too much trouble to ensure that the fit and the suitability of your glasses is perfect for your needs and that you are completely happy. Their ongoing service is second to none. We can highly recommend The Spectacle Factory..

- Geoff Gosling


Came in today for help with some frames, repaired no questions asked, there and then on the spot Brilliant service

- Alex


All the staff are so helpful and switched on to all your requirements I would recommend them all day what a good experience

- Roy gardiner


The Spectacle Factory offer me the kind of customer service and ability to customise my choice of spectacles that just is simply not available on the High Street. From Initial contact, to delivery of the finished product, you are treated like a loyal friend. Nothing is too much trouble. Unbiased advise, on choosing the correct spectacles for your particular application. A vast range of frames from the very cheapest to the latest designer frames. I choose the Spectacle Factory, because they can provide me with, customised glasses, to align with my particular needs and requirements. Most high street opticians have a 'one size fits all' attitude. The Spectacle Factory does not subscribe to this theory and treats every client as an individual. Their eye sight is very comprehensive and is 50% longer than the industry standard. If you value your eyesight, and want the very best care, this is the place to visit.

- Paul van de Rooy


Rob and the team were excellent help with the professionalism and advise . I will become a faithful member of the spectacle factory!! Thanks again team

- Dan Amin



- James


Excellent advice with a fantastic product range,

- Thomas Sayer


Highly recommend The Spectacle Factory - excellent service will definitely be using again.

- Hattie

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