Pala has revealed its eyewear collection for SS19 and – alongside its recently unveiled recycled shades – it features biodegradable bio-acetate frames.
The Makena style is a classic cat-eye shape available in black stripe or caramel stripe, a glamorous, vintage look that will definitely stand the test of time sartorially – but with frames made from a bio-based acetate Mazzucchelli M49, which has been declared 100 per cent biodegradable.
Pala says that it intends to use bio-acetate for all of its styles in the future. "It's just a question of getting the colours we want which are a little more limited in this substrate," says Founder John Pritchard. "It's just a start for us."
The brand send its sunnies out in protective cases, which are made from plastic waste that has been recycled onto yarn, then hand-woven by traditional weavers from Bolgatanga Upper East Ghana. Pala also provides grants to eyecare projects in Africa, it says.