FGX to Scale Up Use of Eastman Tritan Renew on Start-Up of New Methanolysis Plant, to Increase Production of Sustainable Eyewear

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:24 AM KINGSPORT, Tenn., and SMITHFIELD, R.I.—Eastman, a global specialty materials company, and FGX International, an EssilorLuxottica company, have signed a letter of intent for FGX to reserve a significant volume of Eastman Tritan Renew copolyester manufactured at Eastman’s new methanolysis plant, which will be operational this year.

Energy Prices Are Expected to Fall in 2023

By Staff
Monday, January 30, 2023 2:35 PM U.S. homeowners should experience some relief on their electricity bills in 2023. A report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects sales of electricity to fall by 0.9 percent in 2023. This is welcome news for consumers who saw their average electricity bill rise by 2.7 percent in 2023. This was due in part to a hotter summer than the previous year. 

A cold winter, paired with global supply shortages, are expected to drive up prices of wholesale electricity by as much as 60 percent, with the highest prices expected in New England where natural gas pipeline constraints and reduced fuel inventories will push up prices. 

Overall, U.S. residents can expect to pay 14.9 cents per kilowatt-hour, up 8 percent from 2021. This increase has been driven by an increase in wholesale power prices and high natural gas prices.

Global Tree Planting Falls Short When it Comes to Combating Climate Change

By Staff
Friday, January 20, 2023 1:50 PM It’s never been more important to plant trees. In 2021, more than 1.8 billion trees were planted worldwide. A new report from GoTreeQuotes finds that this still isn’t enough to keep up with the number of trees being cut down each year. 

It’s believed more than 15 billion trees are cut down each year. Climate ecologists say that at least 1.2 trillion trees need to be planted each year to keep pace with what is being cut down and ensure there are enough trees to counteract climate change into the future. 

Data from GoTreeQuotes notes that there are just over 3 trillion trees in the world. This works out to approximately 422 trees per person. Prior to humans, however, there are believed to have been 6 trillion trees on earth. This indicates a decline of more than 50 percent since humans arrived. 

The United Nations Environmental Program plants nearly 2 billion trees each year, however, the world has space for up to 600 billion mature trees. Deforestation and wildfires are the main reason for declining tree numbers around the world.

CooperVision Expands Plastic Neutrality Initiative in the U.S. to Include Biofinity and MiSight 1 Day

By Staff
Friday, January 13, 2023 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision is expanding its net plastic neutrality initiative to include the Biofinity family of products and MiSight 1 day contact lenses in the U.S.

Mido to Launch CSE (Certified Sustainable Eyewear) Awards, Open to All Exhibitors at Mido 2023

By Staff
Monday, December 5, 2022 12:21 AM MILAN—The CSE (Certified Sustainable Eyewear) Award is a new prize being established by Mido, in partnership with ANFAO and Certottica, to honor sustainability in the global eyewear industry.

Safilo and Eastman Introduce Tritan Renew for Polarized Lenses

By Staff
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has announced the introduction of Eastman Tritan Renew in its polarized lenses, making it the first player in the market to adopt Tritan Renew polarized lenses and have a bilateral collaboration with Eastman on technical innovation.

Mykita and Eastman Present Short Film Showcasing Acetate Renew

By Staff
Friday, September 23, 2022 12:18 AM BERLIN—Following the earlier announcement that Mykita would partner with Eastman to make a complete pivot to sustainable acetate, the two brands have released a short film showcasing molecular recycling and Eastman’s Acetate Renew.

Marchon Eyewear and Eastman Introduce Eastman’s Tenite Renew in Eyewear

By Staff
Monday, September 12, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Today, Marchon Eyewear announces a new collaboration with Eastman, introducing Eastman’s Tenite Renew in Marchon’s proprietary and licensed brand frames beginning January 2023. Nautica will be the first Marchon licensed brand to produce sunglasses and ophthalmic frames using Eastman’s Titan Renew.

CooperVision Costa Rica Manufacturing Facility Earns Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

By Staff
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—In recognition of its continued leadership in sustainability, CooperVision’s contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica, has been elevated to the prestigious LEED Gold status following program recertification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

Safilo Introduces Eastman Tenite Renew, Expanding Use of Sustainable Materials

By Staff
Friday, July 29, 2022 12:30 AM PADUA—Safilo Group announced that it is introducing Eastman Tenite Renew material in its sunglasses and prescription collections. This commitment makes Safilo the first eyeglass manufacturer to use all Eastman Renew materials in its portfolio, across all types of applications and production processes. Safilo and Eastman began their collaboration in March 2021 with the introduction of the Eastman Tritan Renew and Eastman Acetate Renew into the Polaroid Spring/Summer 2022 collection, as reported by VMAIL. Now, Safilo will introduce Eastman Tenite Renew in January 2023 in Levi’s collections; the material will then roll out across the Group’s broader portfolio. This collaboration is part of Safilo’s purpose-led strategy based on three sustainability pillars: planet, product, and people.

Safilo Group Joins The Fashion Pact to Support Collective Action for Positive Environmental Impact

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2022 12:21 AM PADUA—Safilo Group announced that it has joined The Fashion Pact, a global coalition of companies in the fashion and textile industry, including their suppliers and distributors, all committed to a common core of key environmental goals in three areas: stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.

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.”

Eastman’s Initiatives Propel a Range of Sustainable Eyewear Plastics

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1:59 AM NEW YORK—Much progress continues to be made in developing new sustainable materials options for eyewear and sunwear manufacturers via the initiatives and collaborative efforts of Eastman (NYSE:EMN), one of the world’s largest plastics producers. Through the company’s multi-year efforts to create a more sustainable, circular approach to the system of recycling plastics into partnerships aimed at limiting the environmental impact of acetate frames and by using what they describe as “eco-responsible” formulas of recycled content and bio-sourced materials, a series of announcements have continued through 2021 and into 2022, “with more to come,” executives told VM.

Burnt Hills Optical Works Sustainability Into Every Day Tasks

By Staff
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1:57 AM For the team at Burnt Hills Optical in Burnt Hills, New York, being more eco-friendly is all about working sustainable practices and products into the every day. The optical offers a variety of eco-friendly lines or pieces within lines, and participates in Bausch + Lomb’s Terracycle program, encouraging patients to bring their contact lens waste into the office for the team to recycle for them.