Costa’s Caleta Sunglasses are Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

You don’t have to be a water person to love Costa sunglasses. A favorite of boat and fisher folk, the sunglasses are optimal for everyone who seeks to protect their eyes from the sun. And when the sunglasses help the environment, all the better.


If you spend any time on or near the water, the Caleta sunglasses have great coverage, yet retain a feminine shape. Wide temples help reduce light leaking in and polarized lenses protest your eyes. The frame fit is regular (right in the middle, between frames fit for narrow or wide faces) and the frame size is medium (in a range from small to medium to large to extra-large). I have a fairly small face and big frames can look a little goofy on me, but these are just right.


Healthy oceans are a crucial part of Costa’s core mission, and the company has joined forces with Bureo, which works with the fishing industry to prevent discarded fishing nets and gear from polluting our oceans and harming marine life. Part of Costa’s Untangled Collection, the Caleta sunglasses have frames made with 97 percent recycled fishing net material.


How do fishing nets turn into sunglass frames? Discarded fishing nets are collected from commercial fishing ports in Chile, and Bureo recycled the nets down into a raw material in the form of pellets. Those pellets are molded into the Untangled Collection sunglass frames. The collection has both performance and lifestyle sunglass options, and I’ve found the Caleta frames to be ideal for my daily water habit.


The Caleta sunglasses come in two frame colors: net black (with blue lightwave polarized lenses) and net plum (with gray lightwave polarized lenses). Net black Caleta sunglasses list for $226 and net plum sunglasses list for $206—both on the Costa site.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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