EssilorLuxottica Will Convert 40 Hectares of Industrial Land into Solar Farm and Natural Food Crops

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:30 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—As reported in VMAIL earlier this week, EssilorLuxottica announced its plans to create a large solar farm and a green area hosting sporting facilities and natural food crops on nearly 40 hectares of industrial land near Pescara, Italy. This land surrounds the site of Barberini, a world-class optical glass lens manufacturer and part of EssilorLuxottica. This recovery and reconversion project will produce renewable energy along with natural food crops for the corporate staff restaurants, all with a sustainable and circular approach.

Sight Sciences Releases Its First Sustainability Report

By Staff
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:25 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—Sight Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGHT), an eyecare technology company focused on developing and commercializing technologies that elevate the standard of care, has announced that it has published its first sustainability report, highlighting the company’s sustainability activities, performance, and results from the last three years. “We are proud to issue our first annual sustainability report, showing our commitment to corporate sustainability initiatives and enhanced disclosures,” stated Paul Badawi, co-founder and chief executive officer of Sight Sciences.

Eco Eyewear Debuts Retrospect

By Staff
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:20 AM What’s New: Eco Eyewear is debuting Retrospect, a new category, with its Spring/Summer 2024 collection.

Arnette Launches SS24 Collection

By Staff
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:15 AM What’s New: Arnette, from EssilorLuxottica, launches its Spring/Summer 2024 collection.

The Key to Reducing Environmental Impact Starts With Turfgrass, TurfMutt Foundation Says

By Staff
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8:10 AM Everyone strives for the perfect lawn, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on chemicals and pesticides to make it happen. The TurfMutt Foundation works with corporations and homeowners to find alternative ways to keep their lawns looking great without risking the health of animals or humans. The foundation’s stewardship and education platform stresses the importance of caring for grasses, shrubs, trees and flowering plants in communities, family yards, parks and school grounds.

EssilorLuxottica to Convert 40 Hectares of Industrial Land into Solar Farm, Natural Food Crops

By Staff
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica has announced the implementation of an innovative project near Pescara, Italy which involves the recovery and reconversion of industrial land surrounding the site of Barberini, a world-class optical glass lens manufacturer.

CooperVision Production Site Receives Environmental Sustainability, and Occupational Health and Safety Honors

By Staff
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has announced that its manufacturing facility in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, recently received top honors at the 15th annual Puerto Rico Sustainability Best Practices, Health and Safety Summit.

Interest in Electric Vehicles Declines in 2024, AAA Reports

By Staff
Friday, June 7, 2024 2:39 PM Interest in Electric Vehicles (EVs) has fallen, according to a new survey from the Automobile Association of America (AAA). New data shows that only 18 percent of U.S. adults would consider themselves “very likely” or “likely” to buy a new or used EV, down from 23 percent in 2023. 

Sixty-three percent of respondents reported that they are “unlikely or very unlikely” to purchase an EV for their next car purchase. 

Experts at AAA said one of the main reasons for the drop in interest in EVs was the lack of convenient charging options, coupled with anxiety about how long an electric charge may last. Many respondents said they also found the vehicles' cost prohibitive, while 30 percent also cited the inability to install a charging station where they live. 

AAA stated that for people who live in an apartment or condo, at-home charging options are likely not possible. The organization added that an EV might be a great choice for households with more than two cars, but it might not fit the consumer who has to rely on their car for everyday use and travel. 

The organization believes hybrid options could bridge these gaps, broadening consumer interest in owning an EV. 

The survey found 31 percent of respondents said they would be “very likely” or “likely” to buy a hybrid, due to fewer anxieties about how long an electric charge might last and the potential disruption to lifestyle and travel plans.

CooperCompanies Publishes 2023 Environmental, Social, and Governance Report

By Staff
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (Nasdaq: COO) has released its 2023 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, which describes the company’s “progress on enhancing the health and wellness of people around the world while protecting the planet and serving its communities.” The company notes in the report that it made significant investments in learning and development programs for global employees, maintained its commitment to protect the planet, and continued making its health care solutions more accessible in underserved communities.

Gearing Up for World Environment Day

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Thursday, May 23, 2024 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Earth Day has come and gone, but the year’s environmentally focused holidays are not totally behind us. June 5 marks World Environment Day, a United Nations international day that “celebrates environmental action and the power of governments, businesses and individuals to create a more sustainable world,” according to the official World Environment Day website. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) leads the day; this year, Saudi Arabia hosts World Environment Day, focusing specifically on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience.

Eyewear Made From Recycled Water Bottles Is Powered By StokedPlastics

By Staff
Thursday, May 23, 2024 8:25 AM LOS ANGELES—StokedPlastics, a leader in environmental and plastic innovation, has announced that it is supplying sustainable eyewear company Opolis Optics with content made from recycled water bottles for its frames, microfibre cleaning cloths and pouches. Each pair of eyewear contains content from 10 recycled water bottles found near the ocean, the company said.

Timberland Debuts TB00001

By Staff
Thursday, May 23, 2024 8:20 AM What’s New: Timberland, from Marcolin, is debuting TB00001.

Esprit Launches New Optical Ecollection

By Staff
Thursday, May 23, 2024 8:15 AM What’s New: Esprit, from Charmant, is adding three optical styles to its Ecollection, made from eco-acetate.

Recycling Program at Department of Corrections Facility Changes Habits and Lives

By Sarah McGoldrick
Thursday, May 23, 2024 8:10 AM Reducing the impact of climate change has found what, some might say, is an unusual group of advocates. SCI Cambridge Springs, located south of Erie, Penn., is a minimum-security Department of Corrections facility for women that is also home to a 1,800 square-foot optical lab that adopted a lens recycling program in 2020, designed to reduce the amount of waste generated by lens manufacturing.

Growing Into Sustainability

By Staff
Thursday, May 23, 2024 1:00 AM NEW YORK—There is no avoiding the fact that concern for the environment impacts every aspect of our daily lives. From decisions on how people commute to work, to what they eat, to who they vote for and, of course, how they shop—there is a sustainable choice in every decision we make. Retail is often at the forefront of these conversations about sustainability and everyday life, and for many people, changing the things they buy and the frequency with which they buy them is an easy first step toward a more sustainable lifestyle.