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.

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.

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.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Makes Key Changes to Product Manufacturing and Packaging as it Increases Commitment to Sustainability

By Staff
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision, which works to help people around the world see better, connect better and live better, said it understands the value in extending this commitment to ensure it supports the health of the planet as well. “After all, it takes a healthy planet to have healthy people and communities,” the company noted in a recent LinkedIn post coinciding with World Earth Day (April 22). In addition, J&J Vision said late last week that it has made two important changes to the way some products are made and distributed to benefit the planet. The changes and products are:

Alcon, Bausch + Lomb and CooperVision Report Expanded Efforts Around Sustainability and Recycling as Nation Celebrates Earth Day

By Staff
Friday, April 22, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The leading contact lens companies, along with many other businesses in the optical industry, noted this week their efforts to expand plastic recycling programs and to create, what one company calls, “a more sustainable world.” The announcements from three major contact lens companies—Alcon, Bausch + Lomb and CooperVision—identify specific new programs they currently have under way and outlines some of the results coming from their ongoing efforts toward sustainability. The announcements included the following:

Mykita, in Partnership With Eastman, Will Make Complete Pivot to Sustainable Acetate

By Staff
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:27 AM BERLIN—Mykita and Eastman (NYSE:EMN) will join forces to accelerate the transition to sustainable materials in the eyewear industry, the companies said. From today, leading independent eyewear brand Mykita will exclusively source the sustainable Acetate Renew, produced by Eastman’s innovative molecular recycling technology.