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Safilo’s Sustainability Efforts Have Been Validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024 8:10 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group (SFLG.MI) announced earlier this month that its near-term science-based targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a partnership between the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and We Mean Business Coalition, which promotes ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling organizations to set science-based emissions reduction targets.

Eco Eyewear Takes New Step Toward Environmental Responsibility With 2023 Carbon Footprint Report

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024 8:10 AM NEW YORK—Eco Eyewear, a leading provider of sustainable eyewear, has released its 2023 Carbon Footprint Report. The study, conducted in accordance with international standards on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), aims to assess the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of three main product materials: biobased material, recycled metal and ocean plastic. Driven by what the company calls a dedication to understanding and controlling its environmental impact, Eco Eyewear initiated the study. The results revealed that each frame contributes an average of 1,482 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce Provides Resources for Businesses of All Sizes

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024 8:10 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce is working with businesses of all sizes "to support profitable financials, prosperous people and a healthy planet," the organization said. Its mission stated, "Individually, hundreds of thousands of forward-thinking business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders know that business offers the best solution to a healthier planet, more fulfilled lives, and a thriving economy in the U.S. and around the world. We share the courage and integrity to change long-held perceptions of good corporate citizenship, and represent the best possible future of business in America and globally."

NRF Debuts New Center for Retail Sustainability

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Thursday, December 28, 2023 8:10 AM NEW YORK—The National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest associations of retailers of all types, announced that it would launch its new NRF Center for Retail Sustainability which will serve as the industry’s hub to support retailers’ efforts to generate economic value while creating net positive environmental, social and community benefits. The Center’s initial areas of focus include leveraging consumer insights around sustainability products and practices, facilitating the emergence of the circular economy, sponsored by Deloitte, and improving supply chain traceability within the retail industry.

Bollé Safety Launches New Sustainable Development Report

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Thursday, December 14, 2023 8:10 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Bollé Safety, the leading global brand in the PPE eyewear market with over 20 million wearers across the world, has unveiled the results of its latest ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) report. This is the first progress report since the announcement of the Bollé Brands Group new ESG strategy in early 2023. The business has made significant progress in recent months to future-proof the organization in a number of areas including reducing its environmental footprint, the development of eco-friendly versions of its top selling and new products underpinned by a robust biodiversity footprint assessment and a comprehensive set of social and governance initiatives throughout their operations, the company announced.

Positive Luxury’s New ESG Guide Offers Updated Information About Sustainability Terms and Legislation

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Thursday, November 30, 2023 8:10 AM LONDON—Positive Luxury describes itself as an “impact network,” with a mission “to transform the luxury industry, for the good of all. To shape a sustainable future, we work with our clients to help redefine business models and rebuild consumer trust.” The group offers a range of programs, courses, special events and international recognition awards which are known around the world.

CORE Publishes Contact Lens Sustainability Infographics Series in 25 Diverse Languages

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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.

Time to Apply: Expanded Categories in the Mido 2024 Certified Sustainable Eyewear Awards

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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.

Understanding Terminology Helps to Decipher Sustainability Statements

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Thursday, October 12, 2023 8:10 AM NEW YORK—Today’s sustainability realm is full of claims and references that are often hard to decipher. One source of helpful information for anyone trying to make sense of various legitimate groups and organizations out there is Sustainable Review, which offers a wide range of information. The site’s editors offer a series of reports in a range of arenas from lifestyle and climate to business and technology.

Learning More and Staying Informed Via Earth.org

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Thursday, September 21, 2023 8:10 AM NEW YORK—Definitions and standards as well as science and vetted information can be hard to find when discussing sustainability, climate change, environmental causes, and ESG business practices and commitments. One resource, though, that is a great starting point is Earth.org. The website offers a range of definitions, explanations, guidance, updates and activities, ranging from breaking news to helpful guides that can help anyone better navigate today’s issues and practices when it comes to sustainability.

There Is Much to Learn at This Month’s Greenbuild International Conference

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Thursday, September 14, 2023 8:10 AM WASHINGTON D.C.—Coming up later this month is the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the largest global gathering of green building professionals featuring industry leaders and experts, including past LEED Fellows. Involved in putting on this premier conference is Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCU), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.

Do You Know Your Sustainability Terminology? Here’s a Helpful Resource

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023 8:10 AM NEW YORK—In this fast-changing era of extreme climate change and a growing awareness of sustainability and its relationship to products and supply chain issues of concern to both buyers and consumers, one question comes up again and again:  Do you have your terminology straight? Sustainability Review aims to help people learn more about some commonly used words and important phrases to help them better understand, communicate and discern this new language and verbiage.

What Is LEED Certification and How Might it Impact Store and Office Design?

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Thursday, August 17, 2023 8:10 AM NEW YORK—You may be familiar with the label of LEED Design. There is much to know about its definition and what it specifies in terms of manufacturing facilities. But did you also know that LEED standards can impact the type of store and office design you can use or aspire to? LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. And its website and services are one of the most robust resources for learning more about it all.

ECPs Weigh In on the Importance of Sustainable Options

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Monday, July 31, 2023 8:10 AM NEW YORK—More than 70 percent of eyecare professionals agree that its important or very important to employee environmentally friendly practices to make their practice “green.” Fifty eight percent feel that their patients consider it important that their practice does so. ECPs said they now have multiple options to choose from when it comes to sustainable eyewear offering premium quality and design. Eyecare professionals shared their outlook on sustainability and what role their customers and vendors are playing in 20/20’s Environmental Sustainability Survey conducted by Jobson Optical Research. 

Sustainability Takes Root

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 1:00 AM NEW YORK—Sustainability is definitely progressing in the optical business world, from all directions. New conversations with optical retailers large, mid-sized and smaller independents reaffirm that the eyecare and eyewear space is supporting new involvement and the commitment to evaluate and implement sustainable practices. This means operationally within companies, within the supply chain and to the consumer, as more sustainably made optical products are being brought to patients and customers.