Brian Spittle, OD, Brings Solar Power Home to Virginia

By Staff
Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:30 AM RICHMOND, Va.—When Brian Spittle, OD, founder of The Eye Place, a multi-optometrist group practice located here, took a trip to Central America to learn more about contact lens manufacturing, he did not expect to return to the United States with a newfound look at sustainability in the industry. Dr. Spittle, who is also president of ECP Fastlane, a boutique consultancy, never thought that the trip would eventually lead to his practice becoming 99 percent solar powered. But sometimes the best changes come in the most unexpected ways.

Environmental Protection Agency Recognizes Small Business Champions

By Staff
Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:25 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently hosted the Administrator’s 34th Annual Small Business Programs Award ceremony to honor the outstanding Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 small business championship of EPA programs, employees, and business and state partners from across the country, according to an announcement from the EPA. The awards ceremony was held in celebration of National Small Business Week, which ran from April 28–May 4, 2024. Click here for a list of all the small business honorees.

Longchamp Eyewear Presents Sustainable Sun Style From SS24 Campaign

By Staff
Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:20 AM What’s New: Longchamp, from Marchon Eyewear, is presenting a sustainable sun style featured in the brand’s radiant and fresh Spring/Summer 2024 advertising campaign.

Eco Launches Eco Active Optical Collection

By Staff
Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:15 AM What’s New: Eco Eyewear is launching the Spring/Summer 2024 optical collection from Eco Active. The brand is also releasing sun styles for the season.

Executive Compensation Is Now Tied to Climate Metrics

By Staff
Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:10 AM The number of compensation plans being determined by climate-related metrics at S&P 500 companies has doubled over the past two years, according to a recent report from The Conference Board. This type of compensation rose to 54 percent in 2023, up from 25 percent in 2021. Additionally, the percentage of companies in the Russell 3000 index, that bases compensation on climate-related metrics, rose from 16 percent to 32 percent. The findings were gathered in collaboration with FW Cook, an executive compensation consulting firm, and were based on disclosure data from Esgauge, a data mining and analytics firm.

ECPs Celebrate Earth Day Online and In Office

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Thursday, April 25, 2024 8:30 AM NEW YORK—This week, billions around the world celebrated Earth Day. There are, of course, countless ways to celebrate our planet, from heading outside for some time in nature to dedicating yourself to pushing for legislative change that will protect our home. Big or small, every little action makes an important difference in keeping the earth as healthy as possible. For ECPs, Earth Day provides a great opportunity to discuss how we can keep sustainable practices at the forefront of our minds every day, through recycling programs, eco-conscious eyewear choices and so much more. This week, we take a look at how some ECPs celebrated.

Can Global Treaty Talks Help Solve Plastic Pollution Issues?

By Staff
Thursday, April 25, 2024 8:25 AM OTTAWA, Canada—Global leaders are gathering here in Canada's capital this week to discuss progress in drafting a first-ever global treaty to rein in plastic pollution by the end of the year, according to a Reuters report. The pending treaty, due to be finalized at the end of this year, could be the most significant deal relating to climate-warming emissions and environmental protection since the 2015 Paris Agreement, which got 195 parties to agree to keep global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5°C.

Bajío Sunglasses Expands With Six Sustainable Styles

By Staff
Thursday, April 25, 2024 8:20 AM What’s New: Bajío Sunglasses has added six new frames to its product line for Spring 2024. These new launches are: Rigolets from the Tech Angler collection, the Tigh Lines collection’s Sigs, the Surf collection’s Hopedale, the Beach collection’s 12 South, and the Metals collection’s Clink and Tionia.

Skaga Presents a Spring/Summer 2024 Sustainable Style

By Staff
Thursday, April 25, 2024 8:15 AM What’s New: Skaga, from Marchon, is presenting SK2167 CIRKULATION, a new sustainable style for Spring/Summer 2024.

The Majority of Waste in U.S. National Parks Is Single-Use Plastic

By Staff
Thursday, April 25, 2024 8:10 AM Every year, 312 million Americans make the journey to one of the country’s 63 national parks. While there they can enjoy scenic landscapes, take part in unique outdoor activities and connect with their families and friends, but all of this is beginning to take its toll on the environmental health of these protected landscapes and single-use plastic is the main culprit.

Trends Show That 1 in 5 Vehicles Sold Worldwide This Year Will Be Electric, the International Energy Agency Reports

By Staff
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 1:16 PM The electric vehicle market (EV) continues to grow globally, despite political and economic pressures. The latest edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual Global EV Outlook highlights significant growth, in the U.S. market as well as across China and the European Union. 

New data finds that nearly 1 in 3 vehicles on the road in China will be electric by 2030. Meanwhile, in the U.S. and European Union, this number is 1 in 5. This is in line with current vehicle sales trends, which show that 1 in 5 cars sold worldwide will be electric this year. The IEA believes the continued surge in demand will trigger changes throughout the global auto industry, resulting in a reduction in oil consumption for transport. 

Despite economic pressures, global electric car sales are expected to remain strong in 2024, hitting more than 17 million by the end of the year. The first quarter of 2024 has already shown strong sales of EVs, growing by 25 percent compared with 2023. The report noted the number of electric cars sold globally in the first 3 months of 2023 is on par with total sales for 2020. 

According to the report, the future success of electric vehicle sales will depend greatly on supply chain and policy improvements. The report said that electric vehicle sales could reach 2 in 3 cars by 2035 based on country energy and climate pledges being met on time and in full. This would also reduce reliance on traditional vehicles, while driving the price of electric vehicles down. In 2023, 60 percent of electric vehicles sold in China were less expensive than their conventional counterparts, the report said. 

As a result, the share of EVs on the roads is expected to continue to climb rapidly totaling approximately 45 percent of all car sales. The change would also result in a decreased reliance on oil by around 12 million barrels per day. 

Offering more charging points will also significantly increase the sale of electric vehicles. Already, the number of charging points globally has climbed by more than 40 percent between 2023 and 2022.

CooperVision Celebrates Earth Day 2024

By Staff
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 9:00 AM Thousands of CooperVision employees worldwide are dedicated to improving the way people see each day—and that includes making a positive impact on our planet. Earth Day 2024 was on April 22, and CooperVision had many activities planned in celebration.

Bausch + Lomb Reports More Than 84 Million Units of Contact Lenses, Lens Care and Eyecare Materials Collected Through Recycling Programs

By Staff
Friday, April 19, 2024 12:21 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corporation, an eye health company, has announced its One by One and Biotrue Eye Care recycling programs have collected 84,343,540 units, or 510,116 pounds, of used contact lenses, eyecare and lens care materials in the U.S.

Glaukos Announces the Release of Its 2023 Sustainability Report

By Staff
Thursday, April 18, 2024 12:18 AM ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Glaukos Corporation, an ophthalmic pharmaceutical and medical technology company focused on novel therapies for the treatment of glaucoma, corneal disorders and retinal diseases, has announced that it has published its 2023 Sustainability Report.

VSP Vision Releases 2023 Social Responsibility Impact Report

By Staff
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision has released its 2023 Impact Report, which highlights the company’s progress toward its corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitments. The second annual report provides details on how VSP Vision continues to collaborate with its network of optometrists, community partners and employees to accelerate health equity, empower diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), and advance sustainability.