Worried about all the plastic and bad juju we’re churning out into the planet’s atmosphere?

Us too. But unfortunately, needing glasses means we’re all contributing to the problem a little.

That’s why we’ve signed the 1% for the Planet pledge. It’s also why we try to make our glasses-making practices as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.

Our mission: To continue the fight against blue light, while also saving the planet.

The result: Eco-biobased glasses made from castor bean.

In this article we’ll go into detail on why we chose castor bean, and how we make eco-friendly computer glasses without diving too deep into your pockets (or ours).

What are castor bean glasses?

une huile de ricin, fruits et graines

First of all, what are eco glasses?

Well eco-friendly, or biobased glasses, are eyeglasses with frames designed from bio-sourced, sustainable material. This can include glasses made of oak wood, from recycled materials, or those created using 3D printing and a sustainable manufacturing process, or in the case of Horus X eco glasses frames, castor bean.

Castor oil comes from the castor beans of a small tropical tree native to Ethiopia. However, the plant is increasingly common, and can be found far and wide both inside and outside of East Africa, including India.  

Once harvested, the beans are crushed to produce the castor oil which is then extracted for multiple uses.

Why sustainable glasses made from castor beans are the responsible, eco-friendly eyewear choice

illustration showing castor oil production

Cultivation of castor oil is mainly done in India, on land with poor soil. Planting is done during the monsoon season and the beans are harvested throughout the year.

Importantly, the production of castor oil doesn’t impact local communities, contribute to deforestation or affect subsistence agriculture, making it an ethically responsible choice.

Castor isn’t a demanding tree and its cultivation is profitable to the farmers who harvest it. That means that it’s not just good for the planet but it’s a choice that reflects an appreciation for the value of the people harvesting it ethically and responsibly.

When castor beans are ground there’s no waste as both parts of the bean are used:

  • 💧 Castor oil (45%)
  • 🪴 Castor meal (55%), a natural fertilizer

Overall, castor bean’s cultivation and production have a very low carbon footprint.

It’s an easy material to work with and (bonus points!) can be recycled and reused, in addition to it being biosourced, ethical and responsible.

💡 Note: Like any product in the world, there are people who will try to take advantage. Horus X makes sure we only work with ethical and responsible castor farms to produce our biobased glasses.

Biobased glasses mean no longer choosing between design and environmental sustainability

comparison of horus x Biobased lenses with classic horus x lenses

Now we’ve discussed the effectiveness and eco-friendly nature of the castor bean, let’s talk about why we’re so interested.

Introducing… Horus X’s brand new eco glasses!

Using castor beans and our trademarked technology, we offer the best blue light glasses filtration on the market, now with eco glasses frames!

Since our inception we’ve committed to donating 1% of our sales to associations for the planet through the charitable organization 1% for the Planet. But we wanted to go further and ensure we were making our production line environmentally responsible.

Thus, our new biobased glasses were born.

With this new range, we’ve designed the best eco glasses for screens on the market.

This isn’t just us inflating our ego so it’s larger than Eggman, it’s because we actually have the proof to back it up.

a man and a woman wearing Horus X glasses

Our new eco frames are made of 62% castor oil (biobased Rilsan® Clear G820 Rnew®), i.e. more biosourced materials in the biobased Horus X ® range than in most other biobased models on the market!

Whether you choose the URBAN Biobased or the ONE Biobased, you benefit from our expertise, and the ultimate technology for blue light glasses. With two types of lenses to choose from according to your needs, they’re designed to look good and respect the planet.

In fact, our bio-sourced models are even more efficient and stylish than our other glasses, because they are lighter, more flexible, more comfortable, with a reduced carbon footprint.

➡️ We also made sure our 2 new models are still faithful to the fundamental ethos of Horus X:

  • 🥇 Horus X PLASMA® or GHOST® polycarbonate lenses with 100% filtration of ultra harmful blue light (61 to 86% of harmful blue light depending on the lens chosen)
  • 📦 Free delivery
  • 👌 30-day money back guarantee refund policy
  • 🙌 Lifetime warranty
  • 💶 Excellent value for money: Keep your kidney, you really need it. Our bio-sourced models are available for less than $60.

Eco glasses & Castor bean frames: Final thoughts

In an effort to do a little bit more for the planet, we can look at the type of materials products we purchase are made from. It’s important to inform yourself on good and bad practices and make ecologically friendly choices, such as choosing eco-friendly glasses.

Castor oil is an ecological, economical and ethical material. Produced from castor beans, it’s a shrub that grows in imperfect conditions like infertile soil or in rainy locales. As its extraction produces no waste, and doesn’t contribute to deforestation it is both sustainable and one of the most profitable crops harvested in India.

Thanks to its exceptional properties, this recyclable material has a low carbon footprint, making it the ideal manufacturing choice for many items, including our biobased glasses.

This is why we’ve chosen to introduce an eco-friendly glasses range using castor bean products. Horus X sustainable glasses are eco-friendly, lighter, flexible and more comfortable than ever… without compromising on comfort and quality.

With our blue light filtration technology strengthening the lenses, it’s the cost-effective and environmentally effective choice; so throw away your plastic glasses and check in to sustainable eyewear!


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