About Wise Owl

10% of proceeds are donated to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Quality Guarantee: If you are not happy with the product, we offer a 100% refund.


Wise Owl Values

Our Word is as Strong as Oak:

We honor our guarantees and put our customers first.



We use high-quality, renewable materials in our products. Plastic is one of the biggest threats to our environment, especially the oceans; and at Wise Owl, we aim to provide non-plastic alternatives to everyday items.



We strive to thoroughly understand the details of the our materials, products, suppliers, and partnerships to better serve our customers and the environment.



Wise Owl Eco Goods is located in San Francisco. Our office is located on the edge of Presidio National Park!


We are currently selling in the US and Canada. We are also available via Amazon in Europe in the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy. Use these links to go directly to the link for our bamboo sunglasses if you live in one of these countries:

More about the NRDC

  • NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today's leadership team and board of trustees makes sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.
  • NRDC is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt membership organization incorporated under the laws of the State of New York in 1970. The work of the NRDC helps safeguard the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places we treasure.
  • With dedicated staff working in more than a dozen program areas, the NRDC partners with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on the biggest issues we face today.
  • The NRDC partners with E2, a national, nonpartisan group that advocates for policies that are good for the economy and the environment. The NRDC Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of NRDC. The Action Fund's mission is to build political support in the United States for protecting the planet and its people.


History of Sunglasses

  • In prehistoric and historic time, Inuit peoples wore flattened walrus ivory glasses; looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the sun.
Inuit person wearing glasses with narrow slits and an example of prehistoric flattened walrus ivory glasses.
  • It is said that the Roman emperor Nero liked to watch gladiator fights using cut emeralds.
  • Sunglasses made from flat panes of smoky quartz, which offered no corrective powers but did protect the eyes from glare, were used in China in the 12th century or possibly earlier. Ancient documents describe the use of  crystal sunglasses by judges in ancient Chinese courts to conceal their facial expressions while questioning witnesses.
Example of sunglasses made from flat panes of smoky quartz from China as early as the 12th century.
  • James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles around 1752. Ayscough believed that blue or green tinted glass could correct for specific vision impairments. Protection from sun rays was not a concern for him.
Green tinted glasses from around 1752
  • One of the earliest surviving depictions of a person wearing sunglasses is of the scientist Antoine Lavoisier in 1772.
Painting of Antoine Lavoisier in 1772 wearing sunglasses.
  • See more interesting history and sources

More Sunglasses

Astronaut wearing sunglasses

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