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. This initiative coincides with the company reaching a significant milestone, preventing the equivalent of more than 100 million plastic bottles from entering the oceans. In 2021, CooperVision pioneered the world’s first net plastic neutral contact lens with Clariti 1 day in the U.S., according to an announcement from CooperVision.

The company has continued to expand the scope of the global initiative through the funding of Plastic Bank’s collection, which processes and reuses general ocean-bound plastic waste that is equal to the weight of the plastic contained in designated products in 27 countries throughout the Americas, Europ, and Asia-Pacific. In the U.S., this includes the Clariti 1 day, MyDay, MiSight 1 day, and Biofinity brands.

“Over the past two years, thousands of eyecare professionals and their patients have already contributed to this cause, simply by prescribing and wearing CooperVision 1-day contact lenses. Now, with the inclusion of Biofinity and MiSight 1 day, we are poised to make an even bigger difference,” said Michele Andrews, OD, vice president, professional and government affairs, Americas, CooperVision.

Beyond the positive impact on the environment, CooperVision’s plastic neutrality initiative benefits collection community members in more than 350 coastal communities who receive payments through Plastic Bank for necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition and health insurance.

“We couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has helped this program become an absolute success, including the eyecare professionals and wearers across the planet who share CooperVision’s sustainability commitment. Each plastic neutral contact lens that is prescribed and worn makes a difference,” said Aldo Zucaro, senior director, corporate responsibility, CooperCompanies. “Together, we’re making our oceans, our communitie and our future better. We already have our sights set on the next 100 million.”

CooperVision is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint, and its efforts extend beyond net plastic neutrality. The company has a strong track record of sustainable manufacturing and operations focused on areas in which it can make the greatest impact. CooperVision has developed best-in-class manufacturing processes resulting in award-winning conservation efforts in Puerto Rico and prestigious sustainability certifications in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

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