3 mins read | Sustainable Design

What is bio-acetate?

bio-acetate material shown as three leaves developing into a cellulose acetate chip and finally a pair of pala sunglasses

Sustainable sunglasses made from bio-acetate

In a world where sustainability is at the forefront of conscious consumerism, innovative materials are transforming industries. For us in the eyewear industry, it’s all about bio-acetate. In this blog post, we’ll unravel the wonders of this plant-based material and show you why Pala Eyewear glasses and sunglasses are the perfect choice for environmentally-conscious eyewear enthusiasts.

Understanding Bio-Acetate

Bio-acetate, also referred to as cellulose acetate, is a remarkable alternative to traditional acetate frames. Unlike its petroleum-based counterpart, bio-acetate is derived from renewable resources such as cotton linters and wood pulp. This sustainable material not only reduces our reliance on fossil fuels but also contributes to the reduction of plastic waste in the fashion industry.

We use only the finest quality bio-acetate, sourcing directly from industry leading Mazzucchelli M49 and LAES BioCell for our timeless, stylish sunglasses collections.

Mazzucchelli 1849 M49 Bio-acetate in variying forms. Loose chips, as sunglasses temples and glasses frames.

The Benefits of Bio-Acetate Eyewear

Environmental Sustainability

By choosing bio-acetate frames, you’re making a positive impact on the environment. The production of bio-acetate requires significantly less energy and resources compared to traditional acetate frames, thereby reducing carbon emissions. Additionally, bio-acetate is biodegradable, ensuring that once it reaches the end of its life cycle, it can naturally decompose* without harming the planet.

Did you know… Pala frames emit 54% less carbon emissions in their lifetime in comparison to high street alternatives.

Durability and Longevity

Bio-acetate frames are crafted with durability in mind. The material is known for its strength, making it highly resistant to everyday wear and tear. When you invest in a pair of bio-acetate eyewear from Pala, you’re choosing frames that will withstand the test of time, reducing the need for frequent replacements and ultimately reducing waste.

Pala eyewear's bio-acetate sunglasses collection

Style and Versatility

At Pala Eyewear, we believe that sustainable fashion should never compromise on style. Bio-acetate frames offer a wide range of captivating colours, patterns, and unique textures, allowing you to express your individuality while making an eco-conscious choice. Whether you prefer classic designs or bold, fashion-forward styles, bio-acetate frames offer versatility that complements any fashion aesthetic and lifestyle.

Pala Eyewear’s Commitment to Sustainability

Pala Eyewear is deeply committed to sustainability, and bio-acetate frames were the first step on this journey. We partner with a boutique, family run supplier who are certified to work with this material in the most planet-friendly way, as well as skilled Ghanaian artisans to make 100% recycled plastic cases. As a B Corp, we are legally bound to champion ethical practices and ensure that every pair of Pala glasses embodies the values of sustainability, quality, and stylish design.

To sum it up

Bio-acetate frames have emerged as a game-changer in the world of sustainable eyewear. With their eco-friendly composition, durability, and style, these frames offer a guilt-free and stylish choice for eyewear enthusiasts.

By opting for bio-acetate frames from Pala Eyewear, you’re not only making a positive impact on the environment but also embracing a sustainable fashion statement. Join us in our journey toward a better and more stylish world by exploring our range of bio-acetate eyewear today. Together, let’s make a difference, one pair of glasses at a time.

Pala eyewear's bio-acetate glasses collection