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Product Spotlight – Zeal Optics

Product Spotlight – Zeal Optics

It is with great pleasure and much excitement that we announce the arrival of Zeal Optics at Cowichan Valley Running.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Zeal's backyard is home to some of the best mountains the world has to offer and comes with over 300 days of sunshine. They design sunglasses to enhance your adventures so your experiences are richer and memories more vibrant all while reducing environmental impact. Zeal Optics is part of the Maui Jim family and adheres to the same standard of quality and performance.

Sunglasses made from plants not petroleum.

Zeal's mission is to create sunglasses that enhance your time outdoors while working to protect the world around them. In their commitment to reduce environmental impact they use renewable resources in the manufacturing of their sunglass frames and lenses—eliminating the use of fossil fuels.


Plant-Based Frames

Zeal Optics sunglass frames are made from Z-Resin, a plant-based material derived from the castor plant. The castor plant is a fast-growing perennial that is easy to plant, withstands drought, and thrives in marginal lands. Zeal processes the castor beans into their proprietary Z-Resin material which replaces petroleum-based plastics in their sunglass frames. By replacing traditional plastics with Z-Resin, they significantly reduce the amount of CO2 produced during the manufacturing process. This durable plant-based material also contributes to a lighter finished weight, making Zeal sunglasses more comfortable for everyday wear and activity.

Zeal Optics - Ellume Polarized

Ellume Polarized

More colour. Less pollution.

Ellume Polarized revolutionizes the way you see colour. Made with plant-based materials, it is engineered to be as sustainable as it is technical. Zeal's plant-based material allows for a high purity lens for crisper, clearer vision all while reducing environmental impact. Zeal's unique plant-based lens is built with colour filtration to accentuate detail and eliminate colour confusion. Topped with industry leading polarized film, Ellume Polarized eliminates 99.9% of glare and blocks 100% of harmful UV rays.

Active and Lifestyle

We have both Active and Lifestyle frames in stock, so whether you're hitting the trails, the beach, or the high seas, we've got a pair for you. All styles feature ProFlex Rubber strategically injected into various parts of the frame to provide a soft comfortable hold. ProFlex can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures so your sunglasses stay in place no matter what the day brings. Come in and try on a few pairs and experience the outdoors like never before.

Zeal Cowichan

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