I'm so super excited to introduce you to Woodzee today! When I first received an e-mail from Woodzee, I was immediately intrigued by their products. Their collection of glasses are absolutely gorgeous, with each pair crafted from wood or bamboo. After completely swooning over just about every last pair of glasses in their collection, I started to read more about Woodzee as a company. The more I read about Woodzee as a whole, the more I fell in love with their company and their commitment to sustainability and the Earth!
Oh, and my teenage sister actually agreed to model a pair of Woodzee glasses for the photos in this post -- that's how you know they're cool.
The pair of bamboo sunglasses I chose to review are the Daphne collection. The Daphne collection sunglasses are crafted from 100% sustainable sourced bamboo with a light, natural wax coating. The lenses are CR-39 polarized smoke lenses with 100% UV400 protection. I'm not used to wearing sunglasses (terrible, I know!) but I knew this was something I needed to get better at, especially living down in Florida. When the glasses arrived, they were absolutely gorgeous and I was also really excited to see that they are lightweight and super comfortable to wear. The "barely there" feeling they have makes it a lot easier to get used to wearing them. On a superficial note, I really love the detail in the bamboo. The lines and "natural design" from the bamboo make each pair really unique and gorgeous in a way that you can't just recreate. From a functionality perspective, they do a great job at keeping out the glare. I can actually drive without squinting, which is probably something I should have remedied a long time ago. I wore these sunglasses during Ethan's hour long swim classes out in the heat and soaked them in sweat in the process and the glasses went unphased. Being made from bamboo, they are fragile -- but they are also pretty durable.
Woodzee offer a collection for everyone, from gorgeous prescription eyeglasses to sunglasses in all sorts of wood finishes, including pear wood, rose wood, zebra wood and several more. Woodzee takes the guess work out of shopping for glasses online by their great detail and specifics, even noting the size of the frames (the Daphne bamboo glasses featured here are a small-medium). Woodzee's entire collection can be found on their website but, be warned, it feels impossible to pick just one favorite!
I would also like to point out the affordability of Woodzee's glasses, especially given their high quality materials. Other similarly styled glasses on the market can cost upwards of $120 per pair, while the Daphne glasses pictured here cost just $75. Actually, you won't find a pair of Woodzee glasses that cost more than $100 in their entire shop, which was really cool to see. Their beyond reasonable price point really ensures that there is, in fact, something for everyone and it was great to see such a natural, sustainable product that was also budget friendly.
I mentioned earlier about falling in love with Woodzee as a company, so let me specify what I mean:
The recycle program. Tired of your old pair of Woodzee glasses? Looking to upgrade to a new pair or swap them out for a different style? Woodzee actually offers a recycling program that grants you 40% off your next pair of glasses by sending in your old pair to be recycled. I think this is such an amazing stride in reducing waste and creating something new out of something old! This is just one of many commitments that Woodzee offers the Earth, which I think speaks volumes about them as a company.
They plant trees. A portion of every single purchase made will be donated to a select group of non-profit organizations that conduct tree planting projects around the world as part of The Trees Project. Upon check-out, you, the customer, get to select which part of the globe you would like to plant trees in by selecting which organization you would like the proceeds from your purchase to go. Woodzee currently assists tree planting non-profits in North America, South America, Europe, Asia-India and Oceania. They are currently looking to lock in a non-profit organization in Africa as well. It is Woodzee's hope by allowing the customer to specifically choose where the proceeds from their purchase goes to, will be inspired to take further action to help nurture our planet. It's all part of the giving back process and to be able to give back to the trees that gave Woodzee the opportunity to create their beautiful products.
Even Woodzee's packages are constructed using 50% recycled paper and printed using soy ink. The glasses are also packaged in a triangular shape to be able to cut down on paper needed for packaging. I absolutely love the measures Woodzee takes to ensure sustainability and the fact that their glasses are gorgeous -- every last pair -- is just an added bonus. We are definitely hooked on Woodzee glasses around here and I'm excited that I get to share the Woodzee love with all of you!
To shop: Shop online at Woodzee's website and stay connected with Woodzee on Facebook and Twitter for more great updates and news. Speaking of news, keep an eye on Woodzee's blog for great sneak peeks at future styles as well as more news on all of the goodness Woodzee is spreading back into the world!
How To Win: When you think Woodzee can't get any cooler, they decide to take it a step farther by very generously offering one of my readers the opportunity to win a pair of women's Daphne bamboo glasses for themselves, too! This giveaway is open to US residents and closes on August 11th! Good luck!