Zeal tells us that theirs is the only company in the world that makes all its sunglass frames from a bio-based plastic instead of crude oil, making the product eco-friendly without sacrificing quality or performance.
Z-Resin, as that material is called, is derived from the castor plant, which has a positive effect on the environment and can be planted and replanted. Crude oil, on the other hand, releases tons of CO2 during its manufacture, harming the eco-system. In fact, the castor plant is a near perfect resource because it’s an efficient, extremely fast-growing perennial that’s easy to grow, withstands drought and thrives on marginal lands, meaning it doesn’t compete with food crops.
According to the company, its frames and lenses are made from the highest quality materials, “so that consumers get more out of their eyewear”.
Zeal Hyperion polarised lenses are made from a unique polycarbonate nylon blend that allows for an increase in optics, while exceeding ANSI impact resistance standards. There’s a choice of dark grey lenses with a 9 per cent VLT or a copper lens with a 14 per cent VLT– to protect the eyes from every activity – whether hiking in the desert or lounging on a boat.
“ZEAL’s passion is based on an active lifestyle and enjoying the planet,” said the company’s director of marketing, Joe Prebich. “Every effort has been made to make our sunglasses not only the best active wear fit, but also to really be proactive in building with responsibility.”