When it comes to purchasing sunglasses, many people are tempted by the allure of low prices. However, cheap sunglasses come with a high hidden cost. They not only fail to protect your eyes properly but also contribute to environmental degradation and poor working conditions. In this blog, we'll explore the true cost of cheap sunglasses and how opting for quality brands like Good Citizens can make a world of difference.

1. Inadequate Eye Protection
Cheap sunglasses often come with substandard lenses that do not offer adequate protection from harmful UV rays. These lenses can give a false sense of security while allowing UV radiation to penetrate and damage your retinas. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to serious eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

The good alternative: Good Citizens sunglasses are fitted with Carl Zeiss Vision UV400 protection lenses, ensuring maximum protection against harmful UV rays. These high-quality lenses safeguard your eyes and provide superior optical clarity, keeping your vision safe and sharp.

2. Poorly Made Frames
Inexpensive sunglasses typically feature poorly constructed frames with weak hinges that snap easily. This not only means frequent replacements but also contributes to unnecessary waste. Flimsy frames are uncomfortable and unreliable, making them a poor investment in the long run.

The good alternative:  Good Citizens sunglasses are known for their durability and high-quality craftsmanship. Made in Sydney, our frames are built to last and feature robust hinges and strong materials. Plus, they are fully repairable, ensuring longevity and reducing waste.

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3. Unfair Labor Practices
The low cost of cheap sunglasses often comes at the expense of fair labor practices. Workers in factories that produce these sunglasses frequently endure poor working conditions and receive inadequate wages. This exploitation is a significant ethical concern.

The good alternative:  At Good Citizens, we are committed to fair labor practices. Our sunglasses are produced in Sydney, where all workers receive fair wages and work in safe, humane conditions. By choosing Good Citizens, you support ethical manufacturing and fair treatment of workers.

4. Environmental Impact
Cheap sunglasses are not built to last, leading to frequent disposal and contributing to landfill waste. The production of these sunglasses often involves environmentally harmful processes and materials, exacerbating the planet's pollution problem.

The good alternative:  Good Citizens sunglasses are made from 100% recycled materials, using one discarded single-use plastic bottle per pair. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our products; we also take back any parts for recycling, ensuring nothing goes to waste. By choosing Good Citizens, you help reduce environmental impact and promote a circular economy.

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Why Good Citizens Sunglasses Are the Superior Choice

  • High-Quality Protection: Fitted with Carl Zeiss Vision lenses, Good Citizens sunglasses provide superior UV protection and optical clarity.
  • Durable Construction: Our frames are designed to be durable and are fully repairable, ensuring they last longer and reduce waste.
  • Ethical Production: Manufactured in Sydney, our sunglasses are made by workers who receive fair wages and work in good conditions.
  • Environmental Responsibility: Made from recycled materials and with a commitment to taking back parts for recycling, Good Citizens sunglasses are a sustainable choice.
  • Award-Winning Quality: We are the most awarded eyewear brand in Australia and beyond, recognised for our commitment to quality and sustainability.

Try do the right thing.

Choosing cheap sunglasses might seem like a bargain, but the true cost to your eyes, the workers, and the planet is far too high. By opting for Good Citizens sunglasses, you invest in your eye health, support ethical labor practices, and contribute to a sustainable future. Our high-quality, repairable frames and Carl Zeiss Vision lenses ensure that you, our workers, and the planet all benefit. You win. We win. The planet wins. Hoorah!


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Good Citizens is a global fashion leader in sustainable design. All of our eco-friendly and sustainable sunglasses, readers and prescription frames are 100% recycled from one 600ml discarded plastic bottle. We prioritise sustainable business practices, from using 100% recycled materials, being carbon negative (not just carbon neutral) to our modular design that allows for easy repair and recycling of broken parts.
We're the most awarded eyewear brand in Australia and globally acknowledged for our best practice approach.

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