Thinking Sustainably About Those Eclipse Glasses

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Monday’s solar eclipse was a once-in-20-years natural phenomenon that left millions of Americans with a sense of wonder and excitement—and with a pair of eclipse glasses that they have no idea what to do with. With two decades to go until the next major eclipse here in North America, holding onto the protective glasses might not make sense (though, as USA Today reports, modern eclipse glasses don’t expire, according to the American Astronomical Society), but, thankfully, there are a few ways to recycle or repurpose eclipse glasses that are both sustainably-minded and helpful to others.

CooperVision Extends Its Partnership With Plastic Bank

By Staff
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 8:25 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision and Plastic Bank, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based social impact organization, have renewed their net plastic neutrality partnership through 2026. With the extension, the partnership has expanded to include a vision care program to provide vision screenings and vouchers for complimentary eye exams and glasses for eligible Plastic Bank collection members in Indonesia, who are essential to CooperVision’s net plastic neutral partnership with Plastic Bank, the company announced.

Costa Completes PRO Series With Launch of Whitetip PRO

By Staff
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 8:20 AM What’s New: Costa Sunglasses is redesigning a legacy favorite with the launch of Whitetip PRO. This launch diversifies the PRO portfolio, which now includes a variety of styles and fits across the brand’s most technical line of products.

Satisloh Launches New Lens Cleaning System Hydra-Brush-4

By Staff
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 8:15 AM What’s New: Satisloh has launched their newest lens cleaning system, the Hydra-Brush-4, to the North American market. The unit is a fully automated, four-stage system that cleans and dries both sides of more than 200 lenses per hour.

A Change in Economic and Business Paradigms Is Needed to Fight Climate Change, UN Says

By Staff
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 8:10 AM NEW YORK—The United Nations (UN) is calling for a change in economic and business paradigms that will have a significant impact on planetary limits. In a report to the Human Rights Council, David Boyd, UN special rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, said the earth’s life support system is being sabotaged in a way that will have profound consequences unless action is taken.

This Year’s Official Earth Day Theme Is ‘Planet vs. Plastic’

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Thursday, March 28, 2024 8:30 AM NEW YORK—There is less than a month to go until Earth Day, April 22, giving us all plenty of time to prepare for the holiday. This year, the official Earth Day theme is “Planet vs. Plastics,” an initiative dedicated to demanding a 60 percent reduction in the production of all plastics by 2040. This goal is something the eyewear industry is already getting on board with, as more and more eyewear manufacturers switch to bio-acetates and other natural materials in place of traditional plastics.

Renovation Offers Opportunity to Salvage and Repurpose Building Materials

By Staff
Thursday, March 28, 2024 8:25 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—One of the main accomplishments of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) recent headquarters renovation was the extensive reuse of materials—approximately 80 percent of the materials were repurposed. The headquarters was certified Platinum under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), TRUE and WELL (WELL Building Standard) standards. The reuse of materials resulted in a 44 percent reduction in carbon emissions, well below the Carbon Leadership Forum baseline for an interior buildout.

Modstyle International Debuts ‘Project Green,’ a New Sustainable Brand

By Staff
Thursday, March 28, 2024 8:20 AM What’s New: Modstyle International has debuted Project Green, its newest brand designed for environmentally conscious individuals and practices.

Marchon’s Skaga Introduces Responsible Acetate Styles

By Staff
Thursday, March 28, 2024 8:15 AM What’s New: Skaga, from Marchon, is introducing two new advertising styles for Spring/Summer 2024.

Recently Launched Satellite Is on a Mission to Track Methane Emissions

By Staff
Thursday, March 28, 2024 8:10 AM MethaneSAT, a groundbreaking satellite designed to detect methane emissions from oil and gas operations, was launched on March 4. The MethaneSAT satellite entered orbit after detaching from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, according to an announcement from MethaneSAT.org.

Cases of Lyme Disease, Possibly Fueled by Climate Change, Are on the Rise in the U.S.

By Staff
Friday, March 22, 2024 3:00 PM March 25 marks the start of Tick Bite Awareness Week across the U.S. Ticks are the leading cause of Lyme disease, which is transmitted through black-legged ticks to humans in the form of a bacterial infection. As the temperatures rise, the risk of tick bites becomes greater. According to Statista, July remains the peak month for infection, averaging more than 87,000 cases.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there could be as many as 476,000 cases of Lyme Disease in the U.S. each year. 

Climate change is believed to be one of the major influences on the rise in cases, creating longer tick seasons and more opportunities to be outside. The GLA offers several tips to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease. 

● Avoid tick-infested areas such as wooded areas, tall grass and stone walls. 

● Wear light-colored clothing to spot ticks more easily.

● Apply Environmental Protection Agency-approved tick repellent such as DEET, picaridin or other insect repellents.

● Remove clothing upon entering the home and toss it into the dryer at a high temperature for 10 to 15 minutes to kill live deer ticks. 

● Examine yourself and your pets for ticks. Check for bumps in areas such as the knees, groin and armpits. A tell-tale bullseye is one of the most obvious ways to pinpoint a tick bite.

If you discover a tick, remove it immediately with tweezers and send it to be tested. If you notice flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and joint pain, see your doctor immediately.

Climate Change Causes Record-Breaking Temperatures Globally

By Staff
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 9:52 AM The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is sounding the alarm after record-breaking temperatures were recorded in 2023. The WMO provisional State of the Global Climate report, released at the end of 2023, confirmed that temperatures reached new heights across the globe rising 1.4 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial 1850-1900 baseline. 

According to the report, the past nine years have been the warmest on record, with the 2023–2024 El Niño expected to drive temperatures even higher. 

Sea levels have also risen at an alarming rate, doubling between 2013 and 2022 over the years 1993 and 2002. This is due to ocean warming causing glaciers and ice sheets to melt. Notably, sea ice in the Antarctic was the lowest on record, 1 million km2 less than the previous record low. Meanwhile, Swiss glaciers have seen a drop in volume of more than 10 percent over the last two years. 

The final State of the Global Climate 2023 report, along with regional reports, will be published in the first half of 2024.

The Vision Council’s Newest inSights Report Shows Consumers’ Thoughts About Sustainable Eyewear

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Monday, March 11, 2024 8:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council released new research featuring key insights into U.S. consumers’ experiences and preferences when purchasing frames for new glasses. Findings from the report, “Focused inSights 2024 Frame Trends,” underscore the diversity in eyewear preferences and purchase behaviors, highlighting opportunities for the optical industry to tailor product offerings and marketing strategies to meet consumer preferences. Notably, the report showcased just how much consumers value sustainable products and practices.

Karün Eyewear Unveils Eyewear Frames Made From Cigarette Butts

By Staff
Monday, March 11, 2024 8:25 AM PATAGONIA, Chile—Karün Eyewear has announced the world's first eyewear frames made from Celion, a new material developed from cellulose acetate recovered from cigarette butts. Employing advanced technology from Imeko, a Chilean cleantech company, the cigarette butts are collected, cleaned, and processed to recover the cellulose acetate, the company noted. A distinctive mechanical-chemical process removes the toxicity from the filters and recovers pure cellulose acetate as a new sustainable raw material. The butts are completely transformed and repurposed into Celion, the foundational material of their forthcoming collection.

Maison Lafont Presents Sunglasses Made With Creative Upcycling

By Staff
Monday, March 11, 2024 8:20 AM What’s New: Maison Lafont is debuting three new sun styles made with creative upcycling, a concept developed by designer Thomas Lafont.