VM Examines the Rise of Sustainability as Optical Ups Its Awareness of the Environment

By Staff
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Consumer preferences are constantly changing, but there’s one preference that has been steadily rising in popularity over the years: sustainability. According to a new report from Capgemini Research, nearly 80 percent of consumers want to be able to make a difference in saving the planet for future generations.

VM Delves Into the Rise of Sustainability and Eco-Conscious Optical Products in March Cover Story

By Staff
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Consumer preferences are constantly changing, but there’s one preference that has been steadily rising in popularity over the years: sustainability.

Sustainability Rising

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, March 22, 2021 1:00 PM Crescendo. That’s how most experts are characterizing the growing support among most consumers and businesses for advancing “sustainability” commitments, systems, products, solutions and causes across a range of fields, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “Sustainability has become a business necessity, not just a differentiator,” pointed out Forrester’s Olivia Berdak, vice president, research director last August. She added, “It is no longer a question of whether it is ‘necessary or not’ to launch sustainable business practices, but rather how long it will take before consumers, shareholders, or governments punish businesses that don’t.”

CooperVision Expands Commitment to Sustainability With Move to Make Clariti 1 Day a ‘Net Plastic Neutral’ Contact Lens in the U.S.

By Staff
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 12:30 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To provide an easy way for eyecare professionals and their patients to be more sustainable, on Monday CooperVision announced a partnership with Plastic Bank that makes its clariti 1 day portfolio of lenses the first net plastic neutral contact lenses, according to the announcement. The move also expands the company’s commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Plastic Bank is a social enterprise that builds ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities, reprocessing the materials for reintroduction into the global supply chain.

Safilo Group to Use Eastman's Sustainable Materials in its Eyewear Collections, Starting in SS22

By Staff
Monday, March 8, 2021 12:27 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of eyewear, is announcing the introduction of Eastman Acetate Renew and Eastman Tritan Renew in its sunglass and optical products. Both products are part of a broad portfolio of sustainable resins now offered at scale by Eastman, a global specialty materials provider and pioneer in molecular recycling. The new materials will enable Safilo to increase the sustainability of its products across its wide brand portfolio, the company said.

Eco’s Partner, Trees for the Future, Reaches 200 Million Trees Milestone

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Eco, from Modo, has announced that its partner, Trees for the Future, has planted 200 million tress around the world. The milestone was met with support from thousands of individual donors and more than 300 brand partners, including Eco.

CooperVision Launches Social Media Contest for Eyecare Professionals to Promote Sustainable Practices

By Staff
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To raise awareness of the importance of sustainability in eyecare, CooperVision has launched a social media contest encouraging eyecare professionals to be more sustainable in their practices and daily lives. The “Planet-Loving Practices Sustainability Contest,” will run through the end of January.

Making a Difference Matters

By Marge Axelard
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:30 PM NEW YORK—Taking it seriously. That’s what’s seemed to be happening to the subject of sustainability in this year like no other, 2020. From individuals and families to companies and businesses large and small, a new awareness of climate change, economic challenges, social causes, human vulnerability and a growing priority toward health and wellness are all factors. Many felt this way before, but the pandemic and a one-of-a-kind year has created more concern among customers about corporate social responsibility. In other words, they are concerned about companies’ values and what they stand for and support.