The idea to create eco-friendly and sustainable sunglasses came in January of 2014. We wanted to create the highest quality bamboo sunglasses on the market. These glasses were to not only designed to have an extremely low impact on the ecosystem, but also be the least expensive and most high quality bamboo sunglasses on the market. Not only are you helping the environment by wearing 1/E sunglasses, but you look good doing it!
1st/Element sunglasses are handcrafted from locally sourced bamboo. 1/E was created to reduce the environmental impact that traditional sunglasses creates on the world. For every 10 pairs sold, we will donate enough money to save 1 acre of land through Conservation International. Join with us to make a difference!
When we were in the early stages of 1/E and were looking for a name, Matt Anderson decided to draw from our roots. The name 1st/Element represents what all of our glasses are made of – Bamboo. In traditional Asian cultures, the first element is Wood.