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What Is The Acetate Material Used To Make Eyewear?

Acetate Frames

Acetate material was first used for eyewear in the late 1940s because of brittleness and other problems with previously used plastics and has become widely used for eyeglasses in the industry.

Cellulose acetate also has the most extensive range for transparency, vibrant colors, and finishes. More complex acetate eyewear can be produced by layering several colors or transparencies and “sandwiching” them together.Cellulose acetate is a cotton-based plastic that is hypoallergenic. So if your customer has a known allergy to plastics or metals, acetate is more than a viable option for for them.


What is acetate?

Acetate is a plastic derived from wood pulp. Since acetate is plant-based, it’s environment-friendly and renewable—unlike petroleum-based plastics. Acetate is also hypoallergenic, so it’s an ideal frame material for people who have allergies or sensitive skin.


What makes acetate a great material for eyeglass frames?


Acetate is lightweight.

Comfort is important if you wear eyeglasses throughout your day. Acetate is an extremely lightweight plastic, so it’s the perfect material for eyeglass frames. When you wear an acetate frame, you won’t feel discomfort even if your eyeglasses have been sitting on your face the entire day. You’ll no longer have to go through the inconvenience of having to readjust your eyeglasses every few minutes. 

With an acetate frame, the nose pads are molded into the rest of the frame which provides much more comfort and eliminates friction. When you wear acetate eyeglasses, you don’t have to worry about getting those red marks on your nose like when you wear metal frames.


Acetate is durable.

Acetate frames are made by forming several layers of plastic into large blocks, cutting individual parts, polishing them, and then forming them into frames. Compared to how conventional plastic frames are formed, the acetate-forming process takes longer. It is this process that gives acetate its durability.

If you are looking for a lightweight frame with durability that rivals metal frames, then an acetate frame is the way to go.


Acetate is flexible.

Acetate frames are durable not just because they can withstand more damage than other frames. The durability of acetate is due in large part to its flexibility.

The more flexible your eyeglass frame is, the longer it will last. This doesn’t mean that acetate frames are impervious to breaking. However, with an acetate frame, you can rest easy knowing that your eyeglasses won’t snap in two at the slightest application of pressure.


Acetate offers plenty of design choices.

One of the best things about acetate frames is that they are durable and fashion-forward at the same time. Acetate frames give you the best of both worlds.

Acetate frames are designed for fashion, and you have a wealth of options available to you in terms of colors, patterns, frame shapes, and designs. The durability of acetate frames allows them to retain the luster of their color or design. With conventional plastic frames, you’ll see the color or design chipping off rather quickly. Due to the way acetate is formed layer by layer, the color or design on the frame stays on much longer.

If style is a top priority for you when choosing a frame, then you can’t go wrong with acetate. Regardless of the color, pattern, or design you choose, an acetate frame will allow you to achieve the fashionable look that you want.



Acetate frames are lightweight, durable, and flexible. Furthermore, you have a wide range of frame colors, patterns, and designs to choose from. This isn’t to say that other frame materials are inferior. Your choice of frame will depend on a variety of factors such as your lifestyle, your budget, and your priorities. It’s perfectly fine if you want a conventional plastic frame, a titanium frame, or even a wood frame. 


However, acetate frames give you the lightweight quality of plastic frames and the durability of metal frames. You also get a ton of design and color choices. With acetate frames, you get the best value for your money.



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