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  • About the Company About

    the Panda story

    "Why are all sunglasses the same? We should change that."

    For three college friends, those words heralded the beginning of Panda Sunglasses. Launched as a Kickstarter in 2012, Panda started the bamboo sunglasses craze that has been growing ever since.

    At it's heart, Panda it about Fashion with a Purpose. We promise that every Panda product will be constructed from sustainable materials that are kind to the environment, and we'll never sell something without giving back to the community.

    Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

    - Anna Lappé

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

    - Ghandi

    In April of 2016, Leigh and Kali took the reins and poured a renewed sense of passion into Panda. Both being outdoor enthusiasts cursed with terrible eyesight the Panda mission hit home, and thus Panda moved its headquarters from Washington DC to the Washington of the Great Pacific Northwest.

    Leigh is a passionate advocate for conscious consumerism and loves to hear from people who resonate with the Panda mission. Feel free to share your story to

    Kali (being a web developer) is a little less chatty, but you can still reach him at

  • Doing Good
    Sustainable and Eco-friendly

    Bamboo is the fastest growing and most eco-friendly wood in the world. It is also incredibly durable.

    Using layered bamboo and a proprietary design process, we are able to create quality natural bamboo products that have minimal impact on the environment and stand the test of time and usage.

    Panda is proud to have been selected as an Ethical Fashion Fellowship 500 Member.

    Social Element

    At the core of Panda is our collaboration with various partners to ensure our customers' faith in us is converted to social good that helps folks around the world.

    Our sunglasses division partners with the non-profit Optometry Giving Sight's Gift of Vision project.  Every pair of sunglasses sold contributes to providing free eye exams, prescription eye-glasses, and medical assistance for those with cataracts or similar eye deficiencies. Our partnership also helps train and establish eye care centers across the globe.

    Similarly, each Panda Watch sold provides the Gift of Education by donating to Pencils of Promise, a revolutionary organization that brings education and change to small villages all over the world.

  • Press Impressions Press

    Panda's premium quality and unique design appeals to a wide range of people. We've been mentioned by the Today Show, AMA (American Music Awards), worn by Hollywood actresses, the U.S. Men's Soccer team, rock bands, fashion bloggers, and everyone in between.

    What the Press is Saying

    Chic, sustainable sunglasses... Our accessory must of the moment [is] sustainable, socially conscious sunglass brand Panda.


    Responsible for unleashing a new accessories trend and providing free eye exams and eyewear to underprivileged people around the world.

    Huffington Post
    As Seen On
    Panda: as mentioned in these familiar press outlets
    TODAY Show
    American Music Awards
  • Customers Say Customers

    Who Wears Panda?

    We're happy to have 1000's of satisfied customers all around the world. We've profiled a few of those here on

    Five stars

    "Must have sunglasses!" Being a sunglasses fanatic, I must say that these are wonderful! I love the fact that they float on water and made of bamboo which is my first pair ever. Also, I love that it helps less fortunate the gift of sight. I already bought another one immediately right after I received mine.

    Peter N.

    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new Panda sunglasses." They are beyond comfortable on my face and extremely light weight. I would definitely recommend Panda to anyone in the market for new sunglasses. I own quite a few pairs of sunnies from being a wardrobe stylist and blogger and I have to say, these are some of my favorites!!

    Ashley H.

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