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Gucci Goes Green: Makes Sunglasses Out of Castor-Oil Seeds

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Gucci and eyewear producer Safilo have teamed up for an August launch of four sustainable models of innovative acetate sunglasses, which, when compared to ordinary acetate eyeglass frames, are made from a higher percentage of natural ingredients. Check out these new frames—in all their modernist, geometric glory—after the jump.

Also launching this fall, these frames here (above), part of the Gucci Eyeweb collection—two pairs of "bio-based sunglasses," says the press release, which are made from a "natural material made from castor-oil seeds." Both the new acetate frames and the castor-oil seed frames produce significantly less CO2 in the manufacturing process than traditional glasses.