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    l.a.Eyeworks donates to Art for Justice Fund


    l.a.Eyeworks is donating $65,000 to the Art For Justice Fund , drawing on proceeds from its Wells frame. Released in August 2020, the frame is named after the journalist and civil rights advocate Ida B. Wells . The Art For Justice Fund was founded by the philanthropist Agnes ...

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    Safilo to use new sustainable sun lens material


    Safilo has announced that it would start using a new and sustainable material from Evonik , a global leader in specialty chemicals and a 20-year partner of the Italian group, in its premium sun lenses starting next year. Called TROGAMID myCX eCOn , the new material is presented as ...

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    National Vision to distribute free glasses in the U.S.


    With the support of Americares and RestoringVision , each of which is donating $250,000, National Vision Holdings will be conducting a two-year campaign to provide eyeglasses free of charge – through its charity, 20/20 Quest – to poor, uninsured or underinsured people in the U.S. Motivating the ...

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    ABDO launches sustainability summit


    The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) announced on April 22, the Earth Day, that the association will be organizing its first digital Social Ethical and Environmental (SEE) summit on Oct. 4, 2021. The aim of the association, which formed a working group earlier this year on SEE issues, ...

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    The Vision Council releases diversity report


    The Vision Council just released the results of its first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) report, based on a survey among its members at the end of last year, for which the organization received a total of 1,527 responses. All survey participants were based in the U.S., with retailers ...

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    INSPECS wins green award with O’Neill frame


    INSPECS announced on April 15 that it has won an International Green Product Award 2021 in the sports category for one of its O’Neill products. The WOVE frame and its packaging are made from recycled, recyclable or biodegradable materials such as fishing nets, rubber tires, plastic bottles, ...

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    Eschenbach makes a new donation to Vision for the World


    For every sale of a frame produced by its brand Brendel Eyewear , Eschenbach Optik is donating a frame to the non-profit organization Vision for the World . The initiative began with the first pandemic lockdown and is set to run through the summer, for a total donation of ...

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    SABIC and POLYRAY partner on renewable PC lens


    SABIC , a global supplier of chemicals based in Saudi Arabia, and Xiamen Hongtai Optical , the Chinese lens manufacturer better known under its POLYRAY brand name, announced last week their collaboration for the launch of a new sustainable material. Under the agreement, POLYRAY is launching its new ...

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    CooperVision announces CSR partnerships in myopia management and sustainability


    CooperVision has been busy on the CSR front in the last week with the announcement of three partnerships, related to myopia and sustainability. As for the first, the company first communicated its agreement with the World Council of Optometry , an international non-profit organization promoting access to eye health ...

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    Indo has signed the UN Global Compact


    Indo Optical has signed on to the UN Global Compact and will be abiding by its Ten Principles on human rights, labor, the environment and corruption as well as its 17 Sustainable Development Goals . Enric Florensa , the company’s CEO, sees this as following up on ...

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    Optic 2000 extends support to eyecare research


    Optic 2000 , one of the leading optical retail chains in France, has just extended its sponsoring partnership with the Institut de la Vision (Vision Institute) for another three years. Founded in 2008, the Institut de la Vision regroups 300 eye specialists that are researching ocular diseases and looking ...


    Safilo to use Eastman sustainable materials from 2022


    Safilo has announced that it would start using Eastman ’s sustainable materials for its eyewear collections starting from 2022. The Italian maker selected the Eastman Tritan Renew , a copolyester made of 50 percent recycled content, for use in both sunglasses and eyeglasses of its proprietary ...

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    Thélios, Mazzucchelli, Eastman to work on sustainable innovation


    Thélios , the Italian eyewear manufacturer resulting from a joint venture between LVMH and Marcolin , the Italian acetate-sheet manufacturer Mazzucchelli 1849 and the American specialty chemical group Eastman have joined forces to develop sustainable innovation in the eyewear industry. “Sustainability has become a business imperative. We ...

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    Giorgio Armani to include sustainable eyewear


    The Italian fashion company Giorgio Armani will include ecologically sustainable eyewear models for its brands Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and A|X Armani Exchange . During 2021, about 20 new sunglasses and prescription frames, for men and women, will be introduced using recycled and recyclable materials. The ...

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    Itochu and Aquafil join forces to sell recycled nylon


    The Japanese trading company Itochu and the Italian chemical firm Aquafil have entered a partnership to promote and expand the businesses of circular nylon production. In 2011, Aquafil created the Econyl Regeneration System that turns recovered nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and post-industrial waste back ...

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    44% of EssilorLuxottica’s employees are shareholders


    EssilorLuxottica announced that a record 44 percent of its employees are shareholders at the end of its 2020 international employee share ownership campaign called Boost 2020. The subscription rate reached over 62 percent of eligible employees. Following the campaign, about 63,000 EssilorLuxottica employees in 81 countries hold a ...

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    Apollo to let staff help fight Covid-19


    Apollo-Optik , the German eyewear retailer which belongs to GrandVision, is allowing staff take time off with pay to do voluntary work. The program aims to alleviate the strain on the healthcare system with the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Jörg Ehmer , the CEO of Apollo, said that ...

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    EU to cut greenhouse emission by 55% by 2030


    The 27 members of the European Union agreed on Dec. 11, after a night of negotiations, to reduce by at least 55 percent their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, increasing the target from a previous objective of 40 percent. “Europe will reduce emissions by at ...

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    EssilorLuxottica highest ranking optical firm for diversity in Europe


    EssilorLuxottica ranked highest among optical firms in the Financial Times ’s second annual Diversity Leaders classification. The survey conducted by Statista involved 850 European companies and assessed employees’ perception of companies’ inclusiveness or efforts to promote various aspects of diversity. These include gender balance, openness to all forms ...

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    Zeal Optics plants trees for every eyewear product sold


    U.S. eyewear brand Zeal Optics celebrates its fifth annual “ Buy A Zeal, Plant A Tree ” campaign, applicable site-wide on and throughout more than 1,000 retailers globally. In partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and 1% For The Planet , the brand will ...