How can we keep track of time without stealing it from the planet? By choosing sustainable and ethical watches to keep you on eco-time... Image by Solios #ecofriendlywatches #sustainablewatches #sustainablejungle
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How can we keep track of time without stealing it from the planet? By choosing sustainable and ethical watches to keep you on eco-time... Image by Original Grain #ecofriendlywatches #sustainablewatches #sustainablejungle
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11 Sustainable & Eco Friendly Watches Giving You A Green Hand


How can you keep track of time—without stealing it from the planet and future generations?

That is the matter at hand (err…wrist), which is why we’re talking eco friendly watches.

Like Solios for their innovative solar powered design and the effort they put into their sustainable watches and charitable initiatives.

Since it is indeed time for change, TIVC combines sustainable materials with transparent sourcing in their collection of eco watches.

While Original Grain’s eco friendly wood watches only use recycled or sustainably sourced woods, and since each purchase plants a tree, they plant a whole lot more than they use.

For you white rabbits checking your pocket watch and squealing, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date”, hop to the end of the article to learn what criteria these sustainable watch brands ticked (and tocked).

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1. SOLIOS

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About Solios

Inspired by the forward-thinking city they’re based in—Montreal—Solios is driven by inclusivity, innovation, and sustainability.

As for the latter, that’s where their women’s and men’s sustainable watches with solar powered quartz mechanics step in.

More than 300 million watch batteries are produced every.single.year. If these batteries only last one or two years, that’s 300 million batteries hitting the landfill per annum. 

We thought portable solar panels were something but solar eco friendly watches are truly a no-brainer.

Solios’ Ethical & Sustainability Credentials

Materials: 

All of Solios’ watches use long-lasting Eco Leather (silicone) bands that are free of PVC, PU, and toxic waste.

They’re combined with a 100% recycled plastic microfiber inlay, premium 100% recyclable stainless steel body, and sapphire-coated glass face. They’re also currently working on hemp fiber bands, too.

Solios’ solar movement and solar-powered batteries are rated to last 50 years.

And after just two hours in the sun or artificial UV light, the battery will have six months of power reserve.

Can you say eco friendly electronics!

Their case is made of 316L stainless steel because it’s hypoallergenic, recycled and recyclable, and more durable and anti-corrosive than 314 stainless steel or other metals.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Solios was the first sustainable watch brand to become a Certified B Corp.

They personally audit all factories and enforce “responsible procurement” via their Supplier Code of Conduct for suppliers located in Canada, USA, Japan, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Green business practices: 

Solios allows you to recycled any old watch in exchange for $50 of store credit.

The electroplating process they use has been designed to be as sustainable as possible, limiting contamination of soil and water.

They’ve done away with styrofoam and plastic in the production and transportation process. Product packaging consists of 100% recycled and recyclable FSC-certified cardboard, natural ink, and organic glue.

They recycle their organic waste, carbon offset business trips, use hydroelectricity to power their office, and have also partnered with tentree in their Climate+ program.

Community & charitable giving: 

Solios contributes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in a variety of ways.

They also partner with the David Suzuki Foundation with donations, events, and promotional limited edition watch collection and encourage their employees to take one day a month off to volunteer.

1% of all their sales go to the Rainforest Trust.

Available: Solios

2. DECIDEANDACT

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About Decideandact

Swiss brand Decideandact, or d&a for short, creates “swisstainable” watches.

With each collection you can stand for ecology, diversity, or peace.

And with fun prints across a number of interchangeable (and reversible!) bands, you can mix and match for a uniquely-you time piece.

Not only do these reversible bands mean you get twice the variety in one watch, but the designs are thematically coordinated with the overall focus of each collection.

Decideandact’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Each watch features a 316L stainless steel case (80% of which is recycled) and a PETA-approved vegan reversible strap made of cactus leather and GRS-certified recycled PET.

Powertech quartz movement is designed for low energy consumption allowing up to 10 years of battery life.

Supply chain & labor practices:

All watches are made in Switzerland in an ISO-certified facility. 

Green business practices:

These vegan eco friendly watches come with a two-year warranty and 3 ATM water resistance.

By using a single stamped monobloc watch case, they reduce carbon emissions during manufacturing.

Community & charitable giving:

For every purchase, 10% is donated to one (or all) of the following partners of your choice: Sea Shepherd, Jane Goodall Institute, World’s Children Prize, Heifer.

Decideandact also partners with changemakers like Siyabulela Mandela, among others.

Available: Decideandact

3. ORIGINAL GRAIN

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About Original Grain

No two watches are the same from Original Grain.

How?

Because their eco friendly wood watches are made from unique wood burls or an old seat from Yankee Stadium.

Original Grain’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Much of the wood used for each watch case is reclaimed, and sourced from the likes of oak beer barrels, ammo crates, bourbon barrel crates, tequila barrel wood, and retired MLB Stadium seats.

Their virgin woods—Ebony, rosewood, African Sapele wood, mahogany, oak, zebrawood, ashwood—are all FSC certified.

That’s paired with a 316L Stainless Steel frame, durable steel band, and a battery that lasts 2 to 3 years.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Original Grain watches are assembled via handcrafting in China. We’ll be reaching out to learn more about what worker protections are in place at this factory.

Green business practices:

All watches come with a comprehensive one-year warranty.

Community & charitable giving:

Through a partnership with Trees for the Future in Senegal, they plant one tree for every watch sold.

Available: Original Grain

4. NORDGREEN

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About Nordgreen

Nordgreen is a Danish watch brand founded by two friends come watch-enthusiasts, Vasilij and Pascar.

Tired of searching for quality brands with sustainable design, they took time into their own hands and started creating eco friendly watches for men and women.

Nordgreen’s Ethical & Sustainability Credentials

Materials: 

All Nordgreen ethical sustainable watches are made with conflict-free materials and steer clear of any toxic ingredients (like phthalate plasticizer or heavy metal stabilizers).

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Their watches are manufactured in a Danish owned Chinese factory under European workforce standards.

Green business practices: 

Nordgreen uses FSC-certified cardboard for packaging, recapture, and reuse at least 99% of manufacturing solvents.

They have a carbon-neutral office in Copenhagen and over 90% of their team uses the trusty bicycle to commute to work.

Community & charitable giving: 

Through the brand’s Giving Back Program, each watch sold means a generous contribution to one of three different NGOs located in Central African Republic, India, and Latin America.

Customers may choose between providing clean water to those without, funding two months of education to underprivileged children, or preserving 200 square feet of rainforest. 

Available: Nordgreen US | Nordgreen UK

5. TIVC

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About TIVC

TIVC stands for: Time IV Change.  

TIVC say it best, “time is all we have – why not invest in the future?” 

They fulfill this mission by handcrafting eco friendly vegan watches that, under $200, are also some of the most affordable sustainable watches on this list.

TIVC’s Ethical & Sustainability Credentials

Materials: 

TIVC offers a range of recycled eco watches using upcycled synthetic eco suede and Pinatex.

All materials are cruelty-free and Peta-approved vegan.

The watch faces are made with stainless steel—most of which include up to 60% recycled metals.

All materials in their vegan watches are free from Substances of Very High Concern – zero carcinogens, mutagens, or reproductive toxins. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

These watches are manufactured in a Hong Kong factory that is SA8000 certified

Their suppliers must adhere to their Supplier Code of Conduct and the majority have third-party audits.

The TIVC team audits each manufacturer every 12-18 months.

Green business practices: 

TIVC makes sustainability a priority and currently offsets all shipping to customers (via some of the best carbon offset providers). 

TIVC promises that 95% of their packaging is compostable, recycled, or recyclable. The other 5% is reusable.

Community & charitable giving: 

10% of TIVC’s annual profits are donated to various environmental and animal welfare organizations. They also support other causes when the need arises (like the bushfires in Australia). 

Available: Time IV Change

6. KSANA

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About Ksana

Ksana was founded by Claire Cherry after her failed search for a well-designed neon watch.

The outcome: A fun and stylish range of sustainable silicone watches.  

The name “Ksana” is based on the Buddhist concept of time and the brand which “embodies the desire to have fun without continued stimulation from the ‘always on’, technologically-connected world in which we live.”

Ksana offers affordable eco friendly watches in colors that pop or understated chic black & gold/silver combinations.

Ksana’s Ethical & Sustainability Credentials

Materials: 

Ksana’s watch straps are made of silicone. The straps are lightweight, durable, and recyclable.

The cases for Ksana’s watches are made from stainless steel.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Ksana’s manufacturer in Asia is third party audited.

Ksana’s team promised us that this audit confirms no use of child labor, fair wages above the minimum wage (as well as additional family benefits), and no unfair labor practices.   

Green business practices: 

All of Ksana’s packaging is made of recycled and recyclable cardboard.  

They offer a recycling program where they take back old watches and straps which are then recycled into insulation and coating for solar panels.

Community & charitable giving: 

Ksana are fellow members of 1 % for the Planet.

Available: Ksana

7. MONDAINE

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About Mondaine

Over half a century old, Mondaine might just be the oldest of all sustainable watch brands. 

They made the world’s first solar-powered analog wristwatch and have been utilizing recycled materials for three decades. 

They have several collections of men’s and women’s recycled watches but their most sustainable watches are found in the Essence Collection.

Mondaine’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The Essence Collection features recycled PET bottle straps, cork fabric lining, and a partial castor bean “wondertree” oil case. They come in a recycled PET case that doubles as a cell phone or eyeglass sleeve.

Most of Mondaine’s watches feature steel, the majority of which is recycled.

Some watch bands are made of leather, sourced as a byproduct of the meat industry and tanned with RoHS-compliant chrome-free methods.

They use no diamonds and only a few grams of gold per year.

Supply chain & labor practices:

All eco watches are handcrafted in their own factory in Biberist, Switzerland. 

By helping create jobs for the mentally impaired, they’ve been honored with the Social Star of Solothurn. 

As for suppliers, they regularly monitor compliance to their ILO-approved Code of Conduct.

Green business practices:

Not only do the watches run on solar powered quartz movements, but are themselves made by solar powered machinery, powering 80% of their factory.

They’ve achieved carbon neutrality by supporting tropic reforestation projects of the Fairventures Organization.

Mondaine offers repairs (free in warranty) and a free watch recycling program, the first brand in Switzerland to do so, which accepts metal watches from any brand. 

This member of the ecology-minded company leadership program öbu also has an energy efficient HQ, in-house recycling, uses sea freight shipping and FSC certified packaging, and more that can be found in their sustainability report.

Community & charitable giving:

Mondaine supports a variety of NGOs including the Smiling Gecko Foundation, Water for Water Foundation, Ecosia, Project Aware, and Scott Cassell’s Undersea Voyager Project.

Available: Mondaine

8. TENSE

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About Tense

Tense’s consciously made eco watches for men and women make us feel anything but, thanks to their small supply chain and recycled watch materials.

Better still, they’re fully customizable down to laser engraving.

For those who prefer sustainable digital watches, you can forget the movement and just buy Apple Watch compatible wooden straps.

Tense’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All watches are made using 100% recycled or reclaimed wood.

The most sustainable bands are also made out of this, but some watches feature Italian leather bands or vegan leather bands. They don’t specify what material the vegan leather is made out of, but we’ll reach out to confirm. 

All feature a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and corrosion-resistant surgical grade 316 stainless steel hardware.

Supply chain & labor practices:

These eco friendly watches are handmade in Vancouver, Canada, in Tense’s own workshop.

The premium movements are sourced from Switzerland (Rondo 6004D) and Japan (Miyota).

Green business practices:

Aside from being a certified carbon responsible business, each watch comes with a two-year warranty and waterproof ratings up to 5 ATM.

Community & charitable giving:

Tense is a member of 1% for the Planet.

Available: Tense

9. VOTCH

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About Votch

For a UK based ethical watch, Votch is the PETA-approved (and award winning) vegan watch brand out to “show that you don’t need to be cruel to be cool.” 

They offer several collections of affordable eco friendly watches from classic round faces to unique square frames.

Their style is minimalist with colour combinations like grey & silver and rose gold & black.

Votch’s Ethical & Sustainability Credentials

Materials: 

Materials are a big focus for Votch. Their straps use Pinatex, a leather alternative made from pineapple leaves.

Their classic collection features a cotton woven microfibre with PU. All the faux leather materials they use are PVC and Phthalate free and include recycled and renewable content.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Votch works with a select factory in Shenzhen, China. This factory pays their employees fairly and has a safe work environment.

Green business practices: 

 Votch watches are packaged in recyclable materials with a low environmental impact. 

Community & charitable giving: 

This brand that gives back by donating 10% of their profits to charity partners that switch every three months, but are generally focused on animals in need.

Available: Votch

10. TRIWA

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About TRIWA

TRIWA, short for Transforming the Industry of Watches, likes to think of themselves as “norm challengers and innovators in an industry that needs transforming.”

Combining Scandinavian simplicity with silhouettes, they offer both eco friendly sports watches (with 5 to 10 ATM resistance) and sleeker modern eco friendly watches.

Shop four different collections of both solar and quartz-powered watches: Time for Oceans, Time for Solar, Time for Peace, and Time to Talk.

TRIWA’s Ethical & Sustainability Credentials

Materials: 

For their mechanical environmentally friendly watches, TRIWA’s Humanium range opts for Humanium metal.

It’s tops this list for the most interesting recycled watch material: recycled illegal firearms, These are sourced from local authorities in El Salvador and IM Sweden.

TRIWA has also launched a new line recently, called Time for Oceans, in which both straps and cases are made from recycled ocean plastic. 

While they use real leather for some of their straps,  they source it from Swedish organic tannery Tärnsjӧ, known for its use of chrome-free vegetable tanning processes.

Other ranges includes standard metal choices like polished silver, steel, and brass.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

TRIWA watches are designed and made in Sweden, using Miyota watch movements made in Japan.

Factories are visited twice a year to ensure TRIWA’s ethical standards are upheld. 

Green business practices: 

Aside from reducing waste through recycled materials, TRIWA also uses the smallest packaging sizes they can.

The first company to receive The 2030 Certification by Doconomy, each sustainable watch has “cradle-to-gate” calculated carbon footprint score. 

Community & charitable giving: 

For each watch sold, they donate additional funds to IM Sweden. 15% of every watch in the Time for Peace collection currently supports IM’s work in Ukraine.​​​​​​​​

15% of every Octopus recycled plastic watch goes to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Available: TRIWA

11. VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE

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About Vestiaire Collective

French company Vestiaire Collective claims to be “the most stylish global marketplace for pre-owned luxury and designer fashion.” 

One of the best online thrift stores for buying and selling luxury goods, they seek to extend the lifespan of luxury fashion pieces from around the world.

As for their sustainable luxury watches, you’ll find second hand watches from designers like Bulgari, Gucci, Chopard, Louis Vuitton, and Cartier.

Vestiaire Collective’s Ethical & Sustainability Credentials

Materials: 

All of their environmentally friendly luxury watches are quality checked by a team of experts and authenticity is guaranteed. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Since all items are pre-owned, your watch purchase avoids virgin materials, mining, emissions associated with manufacturing, or ethical concerns in the supply chain.

Green business practices: 

Using circular economy practices, Vestiaire Collective is committed to extending the lifespan of fashion and jewelry in order to keep pieces out of landfills.

Each product includes the location of the item, which means that buyers are able to shop locally and minimize emissions from shipping. 

Community & charitable giving: 

Vestiaire Collective occasionally has Charity Sales where all proceeds are located to local charities.

Available: Vestiaire Collective

WHAT IS A SUSTAINABLE WATCH?

Regardless if it’s digital or analog, sometimes it’s difficult to tell the time when it comes to truly eco friendly and sustainable watches.

If you want to know “What are eco watches?” or what makes an eco friendly watch?

It starts with strong materials and a design made to last. With any kind of sustainable and ethical jewelry, longevity and durability is key, which can be difficult to find in our world of planned obsolescence.

Beyond longevity, we referred to the following criteria when exploring eco friendly watch brands.

Materials: 

This is the first and best way to determine a watch brand’s sustainability. Wood and in particular, recycled wood would be the obvious choice. 

Most on this list use recycled metal (like Humanium) and other recycled materials (like plastic), unique vegan-friendly and natural materials, and finally, conflict-free metals. 

Batteries are another critical consideration in determining how environmental friendly a watch is.

Solar recycled watches take the cake.

With even the best mechanical eco friendly watches, a conventional battery still needs replacing, mining additional resources for said batteries, and eventually discarding the watch when replacing the battery becomes a burden.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The making of products is just as important as the product itself, so we took the time to explore what each brand is doing to keep everything—from product conception to clocking time—as ‘good’ as possible. 

We looked at codes of conduct, talked to the brands about how they choose and work with their factories, and ensured that they aren’t involved in anything like child labor, unfair pay, or unsafe working conditions. 

Green business practices: 

Here is where we really look at how brands ensure their products can stand the test of time. Aside from choosing the most durable materials, we love brands that offer programs to repair broken watches and recycle old or unwanted ones.

We also looked for brands that used product footprint calculators and enacted workplace practices to greenify their operations (like carbon offsets and recycled/recyclable packaging).

Community & charitable giving: 

Aside from giving the gift of time (on your wrist), some of the best eco friendly watches also give time back to the world by supporting organizations solving some of the world’s most difficult social and environmental problems. 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WATCHES

As with every product we’ve considered, we’re taking this deep dive into sustainable watches because we realize that everything from fashion to electronics is in need of a rehaul. 

If you’re in the market for a new time piece though, remember the most eco friendly watch is the one already on your wrist.

And if you don’t have a watch (or it’s no longer functional), have you thought about an antique or vintage alternative?

Failing pre-loved time pieces, supporting one of these brands will certainly come in handy (er, wristy?).

Have a friend who could also use a green hand? Share this list of the best sustainable watches with them so we can all extend time instead of stealing it.


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