A Growing Roster of Eyewear Companies Are Advocating Sustainability

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:29 AM New sustainable eyewear materials, fabrication, recycling and manufacturing technologies are still evolving. But there is one big message right now: There are going to be more and more. The wave is building to a larger scale in 2021, to serve an increased global and North American demand for new solutions.

Contact Lens Companies Adapt Corporate and Product Manufacturing Sustainability Goals

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:28 AM NEW YORK—Around the world and increasing in the U.S., major contact lens companies have continued to articulate and escalate their commitment to sustainability goals and are communicating those messages more frequently to both providers and patients. As VM has reported, according to the AOA, many patients are unaware that there is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their worn contact lenses.

Eyewear Companies and Designers Look Toward Sustainable Materials

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—In the world of eyewear materials, there have been many innovations in the creation and use of sustainable materials to be used in the design and fabrication of eyeglass frames. In February of this year, one major wide-scale development in the direction of a circular economy came to light when VM reported that global specialty plastics provider, Eastman (NYSE:EMN) a $9.3 billion global specialty materials company, announced an industry-first collaboration with Mazzucchelli 1849, the world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of acetate sheet for premium eyewear.

CooperVision Extends Deadline for 2021 Best Practices Initiative

By Staff
Friday, November 20, 2020 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has announced the extension of the application deadline for its 2021 Best Practices initiative. The deadline is now Monday, November 30, 2020.

Bausch + Lomb Reports Nearly 27 Million Units of Contact Lens Materials Recycled Through ‘ONE By ONE Recycling’ Program

By Staff
Monday, November 16, 2020 12:24 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb, the eye health business unit of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC), said its exclusive ONE by ONE Recycling program has recycled nearly 27 million used contact lenses, top foils and blister packs since launching in November 2016.

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Announces Regional Leaders in Transition That Strengthens Support for ECPs

By Staff
Friday, November 13, 2020 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has established a regional business structure to more closely integrate its portfolio of ParagonBlanchard and Procornea specialty contact lens brands and to be closer to customers, according to an announcement Thursday.

Safilo Group Reports Sales and EBIDTA Gains in Third Quarter

By Staff
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy—The board of directors of Safilo Group has reviewed and approved its Q3 and the first nine months of 2020 economic and financial key performance indicators.

Bausch Health to Reduce Debt By $150 Million Using Cash Generated From Operations

By Staff
Friday, October 30, 2020 12:12 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) announced this week that on Nov. 30, 2020, it will redeem approximately $100 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.875% senior notes due 2023, representing the entire outstanding amount of the 5.875% notes and approximately $50 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.50% senior notes due 2023. The redemptions will be accomplished by using cash generated from operations, according to the announcement. In August, Bausch Health announced that it plans to spin off its Bausch + Lomb eye health business into an independent publicly traded entity separate from the remainder of Bausch Health, as VMAIL reported. 

Made in USA

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Each year when we set out to begin our annual Made in USA feature, the American social and political landscape looks a little different—and it’s safe to say that 2020 is no exception. It’s been a tumultuous year for Americans (and the year’s most anticipated moment is still to come) but we continue to chug along, all things considered. The same is true for the U.S.’ at-home eyewear companies, old and new.

ArtCraft Optical: Local Heritage, 100 Years in the Making

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:29 AM Founded in 1918, Rochester, New York-based ArtCraft Optical prides itself on being the oldest family owned and operated frame manufacturer in the U.S. ArtCraft began with the aim of producing frames for the U.S., Canadian and British war efforts, and the company, now in the hands of the third generation of the Eagle family, hasn’t slowed down since.

Hilco Vision: Keeping Americans Safe

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:28 AM Hilco Vision’s Made in the USA OnGuard safety frame collection grew out of a realization that the Hilco Vision team was brimming with internal expertise regarding safety, and that there are “exceptional materials and manufacturing capabilities located in the U.S.,” Debbie Fitzgibbons, Hilco Vision’s director of marketing and communications told VM. “We felt we had a unique opportunity to build a collection that celebrated these attributes while offering stylish Rx safety frames to our customers to prevent eye injuries while on the job.”

Lowercase: New York at the Center

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:27 AM Lowercase founder Gerard Masci knew from the start that his brand would be built around local production—production in New York City specifically. Together with head of design Brian Vallario, Masci told VM, “I brought a passion for acetate frames and Brian brought a passion for local small batch production. At the center of our approach was that we commit to making everything ourselves in NYC.”

Modo: Brooklyn Made, Brooklyn Strong

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:26 AM When Modo was founded in 1990 in New York City, making frames in the U.S. just wasn’t common practice. Being American made remained a dream for the team at Modo—one which was actualized in 2016, when Modo opened its M Factory in Brooklyn. Now, Modo Brooklyn Made is one of the brand’s most popular collections.

State and the ‘New’ American Optical: American Value

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:25 AM Europa Eyewear was born in a Chicago garage in 1977. In the beginning, the company was an importer of quality eyewear—but all of that changed in 2014, when the company partnered with Marc Franchi and Jason Stanley of Frieze Frames in order to build a state-of-the-art factory in its Chicago home. From Chicago, the company produces State Optical, Alan J. and, starting just recently, it brought inside to its production facilities, the iconic American brand AO Eyewear.

Thema: Italian Know How, American Spirit

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:24 AM Founded in 1993 and based in Italy, Thema now proudly calls Miami, Florida home to its company factory, which produces its brands iGreen Hi-Tech, O-Six, Giorgio Valmassoi 1971 and MIA Private Label Collection.