Wednesday, November 22, 2023 11:44 AM
In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In other words, it’s our society’s ability to exist and develop without depleting all of the natural resources needed to live in the future. Natural disasters, such as storms, wildfires and floods, have prompted even more attention to the environment and scrutiny of how everyday items are made, used and disposed of, including eyewear. Across the industry, eyewear companies are adopting and advancing sustainable practices for materials, production and packaging for their part in securing a healthy world future. Read More
Thursday, November 9, 2023 8:30 AM
Sustainability continues to grow in the optical arena. More sustainable eyewear options are available than ever, with companies utilizing sustainable materials for frames, lenses and packaging as well as implementing practices that are more friendly to the environment. Consumers have responded as they do their part in committing to eyewear products with ecologically conscious manufacturing.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 8:25 AM
NEW YORK—As part of its CSR platform Eyes on Tomorrow, Marchon Eyewear
has continued its commitment to producing eyewear from recycled and bio-based materials. In 2022, Marchon produced a quarter of its frames from recycled and bio-based materials—in 2023, the company is on track to hit 35 percent. President Thomas Burkhardt has set a goal of making at least 50 percent of frames with these materials by 2025.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 8:20 AM
What’s New: The McGee Group
is presenting four new optical styles from Argyleculture
, all part of the brand’s Recycled Materials collection. The new styles are Dion, Omar, Turner and Wallen.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 8:15 AM
What’s New: SD Eyes
is introducing the Autumn/Winter 2024 Collection for C-Zone
. This new collection includes 26 styles.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 8:10 AM
WATERLOO, Ontario—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education
(CORE) has published a series of infographics in 25 diverse languages that encourage responsible contact lens recycling and disposal. The initiative resulted from widespread positive feedback about four English-only versions released earlier this year.
Friday, October 27, 2023 8:30 AM
JUPITER, Fla.—Costa Sunglasses
go hand in hand with life on the water for millions of people worldwide—a fact that the team behind Costa does not take for granted. The brand has long been committed to protecting the Earth’s waterways through various means, from beach cleanups to groundbreaking recycling programs—but its most recent project, the Marlin Fly Project, took this commitment somewhere totally new.
Friday, October 27, 2023 8:25 AM
WASHINGTON D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) is committed to transforming how our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED
, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the most widely-used green building system. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, and it is backed by an entire industry of committed organizations and individuals paving the way for market transformation.
Friday, October 27, 2023 8:20 AM
What’s New: Andy Wolf
has received the Silmo d’Or award in the designer eyewear sunglass category for its new Blossom sunglass frames, made with Eastman
Friday, October 27, 2023 8:15 AM
What’s New: L’Amy America
is introducing three new styles to its Ben Sherman
ophthalmic collection. The new styles are Beech, Cannon and Moorgate. Beech is a squared-off silhouette in translucent gradient acetate and paired with wide shark-fin temples. It is available in brown gradient, gray gradient and blue gradient. Cannon is a recycled stainless steel frame in an updated rectangular silhouette. It features a laser-engraved decorative stripe beginning on the frontal end pieces and extending to the temples. It is available in black, brown and green. Finally, Moorgate is a semi-rimless rectangular frame with tonal coloration. It is available in black, gunmetal and navy.
Friday, October 27, 2023 8:10 AM
MILAN—If your company is a Mido 2024 exhibitor or you’re an ECP or optical retailer who is a fan of a company’s sustainable products, it’s time to encourage them to submit entries to the international eyewear exhibition’s 2nd edition of the Certified Sustainable Eyewear Awards. An international panel of expert judges, using detailed criteria, you can read in the rules, posted here
, will evaluate if your products are realized recycling materials, reducing consumption in the production and distribution processes, maximizing the supply chain, removing waste or using renewable resources etc.
Friday, October 27, 2023 12:24 AM
SAN RAMON, Calif.—As a direct result of increased employee satisfaction, participation, and a shared commitment to operate more sustainably, CooperVision’s
contact lens manufacturing facility in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico has been elevated to the prestigious LEED Gold certification. The 540,000-square-foot site—which first earned LEED Silver certification in 2020 for its environmentally conscious design and operation—produces the company’s MyDay and Biofinity brands. It is the second CooperVision manufacturing facility to achieve LEED Gold certification, joining the company’s Costa Rica plant, which earned this recognition in 2022.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 10:27 AM
And so, in grows… sustainability in the eyewear arena. Of course it does, and even though the challenge is huge based on the actual materials used and fused in the complex presence of every eyeglass, it is well worth noting that the quest for a greener footprint and a respectful world consciousness of what we make and what we wear is of paramount importance. Going green makes sense in every way. But the actual processes involved must be done in a forthright and trustworthy partnership approach involving manufacturers, vendors, retailer/dispensers and the increasingly conscientious consumer. Read More
Thursday, October 12, 2023 8:30 AM
PARIS—At Silmo 2023
, which was held in Paris from September 29 through October 2, Mykita
was awarded the show’s first-ever “Responsible Company” prize, which recognized the eyewear brand’s progress in social and environmental responsibility. The category was assessed by an independent CSR expert jury, and was open to all who exhibited at Silmo Paris this year.
Thursday, October 12, 2023 8:25 AM
DULUTH, Ga.—One of the larger U.S. retail groups in the country reinforces its commitment to sustainability as illustrated in the just-issued National Vision
(NASDAQ: EYE) Sustainability Report. The 2022 report focuses on the company’s performance across its Social, Employees, Environment and Governance (SEE+G) framework. “Through our business relationships and the capabilities of our labs, associates and affiliated doctors, we are well positioned to manage our social and environmental impacts and create long-term value for all of our stakeholders,” said Reade Fahs, CEO.