I’ve been on the lookout for a locally made, eco friendly pair of sunglasses and found the perfect pair from Ballo.
Ballo is a Cape Town-based carbon neutral company that specialise in hand-making products that are made with up-cycled and recycled materials. Besides their amazing sunglasses, they also sell slow fashion, homeware, masks, and more. Ballo is passionate about treading lightly (environmental footprint), so they plant a tree with GreenPop every time they sell a pair of handmade sunglasses. And they are on a zero-waste mission so they make things from their off-cuts, and most of their machines are preloved.
I chose the owl frame made with imbuia wood and brown polarized lenses. My sunglasses were handmade in Woodstock by Tendy and came packaged in a hard cardboard case, with a soft fabric case. The temples are fitted with spring hinges which make the lenses really comfortable and easy to put on. The Ballo sunglasses come with a 12-month warranty against manufacturing faults. All Ballo sunglasses can be fitted with prescription lenses by an optometrist, so I’m considering getting a second pair so I can wear one with my contact lenses and another when I’m wearing my glasses.
where to buy?
I bought my pair on the Ballo website but you can also buy a pair from the Ballo kiosk B2 (in front of Hurley & Nike) at the V&A Waterfront, and the Ballo Workshop (54 New Market Street, Foreshore)
What do you think, do you love these as much as I do? I’d love to hear from you in a comment below. If you’d like to see more accessories I have found, have a look here. Alternatively, if you’d like to see more of the green vegan fashion products I have found, have a look here. New products posted regularly.
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