All you need to know about acetate eyewear 

It’s trendy, it’s comfortable and it's earth-friendly! 
Say hello to the world of acetate eyewear.

Cellulose Acetate is made from plant-based materials like cotton and wood pulp. This material is durable and can be made into almost any shape and color. 

Although it looks very similar to plastic, it is eco-friendly and does not harm the environment in any way. 

While the process of making acetate eyewear is more complex than traditional plastic, it is the preferred material owing to the quality of eyewear produced. 

Acetate glasses are durable, last longer, and are lightweight. This makes it a great option for daily wear.

Benefits of acetate eyewear

Here is why acetate sunglasses and eyeglasses are the popular choice


Made from plant-based materials and does not harm the environment in any way


Since it is made from natural materials, it is a great option for those with sensitive skin


One of the most durable materials for the making of eyewear. 

Plastic alternative 

Made from plant-based materials. Eco-friendly & sustainable


Acetate eyewear is lightweight. This makes it a great option for daily wear. 


Can be made into any shape and in a variety of colors

Pop out your creative side!

Some of the most popular colors of acetate eyewear 

Crystal clear

Acetate sunglasses in the frame DONNA


Acetate eyeglasses in the frame Delft & Gisela

Light sea green

Clear acetate eyeglasses in the frame EMILIE


Round acetate sunglasses in the frame Donna


Acetate eyeglasses in the frame ARV

Classic Black

Acetate glasses in the frame Novalis

Crystal gray

Round Acetate spectacles in the frame Zweig

How is acetate eyewear made?

The process

It all starts with an imagined concept. An idea that is roughly sketched. 

This idea is then translated into a more technical drawing using a specialized software.
Now that the blueprint is created, the desired acetate sheet is chosen. The design is then transferred onto the sheet.

Steady hands and seasoned eyes start sculpting the frame to life.

A groove is created to fit the lens and the nose pads are attached carefully to create a strong bond.

The artisan then starts filing out the crest which will provide comfort to the nose.
Traditional riveting is used to attach the temples to the frame. This is the most durable method. 

The frame is hand polished to give it a smooth and glossy appearance. 

A final quality check and your acetate eyewear is ready to wear!

The acetate debate

Is plastic or acetate eyewear better?

Plastic is like the echo of the nagging next-door neighbor that rings in your head. It's hard to ignore and you wish you could get rid of it. 

While plastic did reign popular for a long time, here is why acetate eyewear is giving it a run for its money.

Better for the environment


While plastic leaves behind a trail of destruction, acetate is a great alternative. 

It has most of the same qualities as plastic but doesn't harm the environment in any way.

Sustainable and sturdy

Sure, plastic eyewear is easily available and cheap. But it is also easily breakable and needs to be replaced more often

Acetate eyewear is more sustainable. It is comfortable and lightweight and great for daily wear.

Guilt-free shopping

It is important to be mindful of what we purchase, use and dispose of. And it's sure nice to know that acetate glasses are an eco-friendly choice.

Easily available

Acetate eyewear, as well as acetate sunglasses, are now easily available online and in stores

They are easily mistaken as plastic because of their appearance but you can always enquire with the store when unsure of the material.

Maintains color and design

Plastic eyewear is more susceptible to fading and damage that destroys its original color.

Since acetate spectacles and sunglasses are made from layers of acetate, it maintains its rich design and color for much longer.

Acetate eyeglasses for men & women

Acetate sunglasses for men & women