Growing Green

By Marge Axelrad and Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 2:00 AM While sustainability and environmental concerns are not new, during the pandemic, people have become more sensitive to the environmental impact of their shopping decisions. In fact, much of the world’s recognition of the perils of climate change and accompanying social responsibility combined with shifting consumer priorities have led companies, executives, organizations and private citizens to dub this an era of a “global eco-awakening.”

Contact Lens Companies Amplify Their Sustainable Commitments

By Staff
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1:56 AM NEW YORK—The major contact lens companies are each amplifying their commitments to sustainability efforts via materials, manufacturing and packaging processes, as VM reported last month. Alcon, Bausch + Lomb and CooperVision are expanding sustainability and recycling. Among many other things from each of these companies, Alcon said it has earned the GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill Certification for three of its ophthalmic drop and solutions’ manufacturing facilities—two in Fort Worth, Texas, and one in Singapore.

Independent ECPs in New York (June 7) and Boston (June 9) Are Invited to Special Venues to Preview Italian Eyewear Collections

By Staff
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare professionals in the Boston and New York areas are invited to special events being organized by the Italian Trade Commission in collaboration with ANFAO, Italy’s eyewear manufacturer association.

CooperCompanies Releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Highlights Report, Signs on to United Nations Global Compact

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO) has announced the publication of its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Highlights Report, sharing the company’s progress on ESG items most important to its businesses and stakeholders, including employees, shareholders, customers and global communities.

SD Eyes to Take on Exclusive Distribution of The C-Zone Collections in the U.S.

By Staff
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:21 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—SD Eyes is the new distributor of The C-Zone Collections in the U.S., according to executives of both companies. Starting in June this year, eyecare professionals will be able to buy the contemporary Netherlands-based company's metal collections with unique color accents exclusively from SD Eyes.

Modo and Eco Win iF Design Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Modo Eyewear and Eco Eyewear have taken home 2022 iF Design Awards, one for Modo’s R1000 + Titanium with Snap Hinge and one for Eco’s Biobased Optical Collection. Founded in 1953, the iF Design Awards are judged by a panel of 132 high profile design experts from over 20 countries with the goal of finding and awarding "submissions with the greatest innovative power." The Eco Biobased Optical Collection includes a magnetic sun clip with the magnet integrated into the bio-based material and then hidden from view using gradient coloring a continuation of the temple. The frames are crafted using a bio-based material derived from sustainable non-GMO castor seed oil.

Alcon Celebrates 75th Anniversary and Notes its History of Breakthrough Innovation in Eyecare

By Staff
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:24 AM GENEVA—On Monday, Alcon marked the company’s 75th anniversary with its “Brilliant History, Brilliant Future” celebration. On May 16, 1947, Alcon Laboratories Inc. was incorporated and began manufacturing specialty pharmaceutical products in Fort Worth, Texas, the company noted in its announcement.

Independent Italian Eyewear Brands to Star in Special NYC and Boston Showcases for U.S. ECPs and Retailers

By Staff
Monday, May 16, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The Italian Trade Commission in collaboration with ANFAO, Italy’s eyewear manufacturers association, is organizing a series of four evening workshops to bring independent Italian eyewear brands to eyecare professionals here in the United States.

Final Two Companies Reach a Settlement in Long-Running Contact Lens Price-Fixing Suit

By Staff
Friday, May 13, 2022 12:21 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Bringing a long-running price-fixing case closer to a conclusion, a federal judge in Florida this week gave preliminary approval to proposals from Alcon Vision LLC and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care that would settle their roles in the matter, according to a May 9 court filing.

Bollé Brands Appoints Three Leadership Positions to Accelerate North American Growth

By Staff
Friday, May 13, 2022 12:18 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Bollé Brands Group, which distributes Bollé, Serengeti and Bollé Safety, added to its portfolio in 2019 with the acquisition of Spy Optics, as reported by VMAIL. The Group is now appointing three key industry executives to leadership roles within the organization to strengthen its foothold in the North American market.

Marcolin and Timberland Extend Licensing Agreement Until 2026

By Staff
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:15 AM LONGARONE—Marcolin and TBL Licensing announced the early extension of their licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Timberland optical frames and sunglasses. The partnership, originally signed in 2003, is now renewed for a further five years until December 2026. Timberland, a world leader in design and marketing of premium footwear, clothing and accessories for those who love outdoor life, tackles environmental challenges to minimize its impact on the planet from design to production.

Deadline Extended to May 15: Still Time to Nominate a Supportive Business Partner, for the 20/20 Magazine and Vision Monday 2022 'Ultimate Partners' Program

By Staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The readers of Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are being asked to share their choices for great business support partners in another challenging business year, via the new Ultimate Partners program.

CooperVision Seeks Proposals for 2022 Science and Technology Awards

By Staff
Friday, May 6, 2022 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To promote continuous advancement in contact lens research and development, CooperVision is now accepting submissions for its 2022 Science and Technology Awards program.

Safilo Group Reports Positive Start to 2022 for Q1 Sales and Performance

By Staff
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:30 AM PADUA, Italy—The board of directors of Safilo Group S.p.A. (SFL.IM) reviewed and approved Q1 2022 economic and financial key performance indicators.