Eco-Watch: Accessorize With Sustainable Timepieces

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Didn’t know eco-watches were a thing? Have you ever thought of joining the burgeoning wooden-watch trend?

Perhaps you’re wondering if pineapple leather is really as soft as you’ve heard. From luxe eco-suede and organic resins to cruelty-free stainless steel, we look at the stylish watches that lie at the forefront of sustainable timepieces.

Hurtig Lane for Strict Vegans

Along with a line of jewelry and accessories, Barcelona-based Hurtig Lane offers elegant timepieces with cruelty-free stainless steel cases, and straps made from recycled nylon and synthetic leather. Favoring minimalist designs, timepieces embody the essence of sustainability with earthy tones of peach and khaki green. Animal-rights purists, everything Hurtig Lane sells is 100% vegan-friendly.

Baume Keeps Recycled Time

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Not to be confused with upscale Swiss watchmakers Baume et Mercier, Baume offers entry-level luxury watches that focus on sustainability. Utilizing repurposed materials with a keen eye on minimalism, their Iconic series uses recycled aluminum over steel and has PET bracelets made completely from recycled elements. The line is customizable to a staggering level, with over 2,000 combinations that mix and match colors, materials and designs. Nearly no precious metals or exotic materials that come with heavy carbon footprints are used in the production of Baume’s unique timepieces.

WeWood With a History of Sustainability

Founded in Italy in 2009, WeWood has been at a leader in the wooden-watch movement for nearly a decade. The eco-friendly company crafts bespoke timepieces using 100% sustainable and natural wood, cork and organic cotton. Elegant watches are finished with organic corn resin instead of a traditional chemical sealant to ensure that no toxins touch your wrist. WeWood also gives back with each purchase — a tree is planted for every watch that is sold.

Votch Prefers Pineapple Leather

A pioneer in vegan-leather timepieces, Votch offers elegant creations with cruelty-free components. Modern watches with classic style span a range that includes unisex offerings in silver, black and gold, more-feminine watches in soft pink and sky blue hues, and neutral corals that complement nearly every personal style. Straps are available in the growingly popular pineapple leather (known as piñatex) and organic cotton woven microfibers. The London-based company is also big on giving back to the community — ten percent of all sales are donated to charity.

Original Grain’s Got Unique Wood

Original Grain adds nostalgic touches and creative flair to their recycling efforts. Are you a big baseball fan? You can strap on a luxury watch made from a reclaimed wooden seat dating to 1923 and salvaged from New York’s famed and long-gone Yankee Stadium. Aficionados of fine spirits can sport watches that are hand crafted from reclaimed whiskey barrels of seasoned Oak, Maplewood and Mahogany. Cruelty-free watches for both men and women come in a wide range of choices that use no leather or other animal products. The San Diego-based company donates proceeds from each watch to the Trees for the Future program, which plants trees and improves lives in Senegal, Africa, and the Forest Garden Program, which focuses on eco-friendly food production and sustainable farming practises.

Eone Has an Exquisite Touch

While their only eco-friendly attribute is the use of cruelty-free stainless steel in their mesh straps, Eone still deserves an honorable mention for catering to the needs of the visually impaired. Their line of timepieces was inspired by a former Navy officer who lost his eyesight while serving in Afghanistan. The unique roller-ball design of Eone timepieces allows the wearer to read the time using only touch on the watch’s smooth titanium face, which impresses with equal parts function and stunning minimalist design.

Time IV Change is Okay With PETA

The name says it all. Time IV Change abandons the wasteful practices of the past to offer watches that are about as green as you can get. The Australian outfit makes cases using 100% recycled aluminum. Straps are made with pineapple leather or “eco-suede,” woven from the fibers of PET plastic bottles and reclaimed fabrics. Components are sourced from a factory in Hong Kong that is internationally certified for providing fair pay, treatment and work safety. PETA has given its stamp of approval to the fully vegan watchmakers who donate a whopping 20% of their profits to the animal charity of the purchaser’s choice.

Sprout Supports Rainforest Replenishment

Launched on Earth Day in 2010, Sprout watches may appear similar to well-known luxury timepieces, but their components are decidedly eco-friendly. Instead of diamonds and other gems with heavy carbon footprints, Sprout uses lead free Swarovski crystals — which come at a fraction of the price. The company that’s based in Little Neck, New York makes sustainable watches using sustainably harvested wood, organic cotton, Tyvek with recycled materials and organic corn resin. In conjugation with Sprout’s lifestyle brand Cuipo, each watch purchased in the Cuipo collection sends a donation to a program that preserves a meter of rainforest in the name of the buyer.

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