Airwear, the eco-friendly lens

Jun 17 2019 | Essilor

4 small steps for you, one giant leap for the planet

As everyone knows, we only have one planet—and it’s our duty to take care of it. Here are 4 easy steps you can adopt to help make a difference. Individuals and businesses need to come together and take action to protect our environment, so that we can leave a healthy planet for future generations. Essilor takes this moral imperative to heart, and integrates waste reduction and recycling in every possible step of our production process. In Canada, for example, we invest in new equipment every year to improve our laboratory processes and drastically reduce our water consumption. And we pay particular attention to wastewater, to ensure it’s clean when discharged. We try to keep the environment in mind at every step of the way.

Travelling more wisel

Be a tourist in your own province! Reduce your environmental footprint by picking a local travel destination. Canada’s vast territory is replete with breathtaking landscapes and intriguing, inviting villages that are wonderful to explore and to discover. And home-grown tourism is great for the local economy! The very fact you’re choosing not to fly to your next vacation destination makes a huge difference in air pollution; airplanes are the most polluting means of transport, emitting three times more greenhouse gas than cars. So help make a difference this year: trade in your passport for a Canadian road map!

Buy local

You’ve heard it for a while, now: buy local/eat local. The benefits will be felt as much in your physical health as in the local economy and the environment, and buying locally limits the need to import products, which in turn limits the pollution that would have been caused by transport—so the air will be cleaner, which is just another step towards a global well-being. With respect to food, we need to change the way we shop, and choose to eat in-season fruits and vegetables, rather than off-season ones imported from around the world. At the very least, we should strive to be aware of our carbon footprint and try to limit our consumption of more exotic products. With respect to jewelry and accessories, artisans from Quebec enjoy well-deserved worldwide renown and can provide local consumers with stunning and original works that are still made locally. And if what you need can’t be found in the province, try other Canadian provinces before casting your net farther afield. It’s a great way to support local business and show respect for the environment, for every industry sector. So what about your glasses? Well, we’re happy to confirm that every domestically distributed Essilor prescription lens is made with pride in Canada!

Goodbye plastic!

A plastic bottle takes 400 years to decompose—so if we want to protect the environment, plastic should be avoided as much as possible, whenever possible. One simple way to reduce our consumption of plastic is to avoid over-packaging. Individual bags inside a box? No! Remember that every purchase is a vote: think of everything you purchase or use every day. Are there any that could be replaced by a greener option? There’s a lot of talk about grocery bags and reusable water bottles, but there are so many other things that should be considered—like replacing single-use snack bags with multi-purpose snack bags, and plastic-stemmed cotton-swabs with cardboard-stemmed ones.

Greener... from head to toe!

It's possible to make an environmentally friendly choice when you select your new frames—and even when you pick your new lenses. Essilor's Airwear® polycarbonate lenses, made from 100% recyclable material, are 12 times stronger than standard lenses. They’re the ultralight, ultra-resistant, ultra-fast solution! And what’s more, packaging our factory uses for transport has been replaced with 100% recyclable packaging, which has reduced plastic consumption by 230 tonnes per year. To top it all off, water consumption during the manufacture of Airwear lenses is optimised: water is recycled and reused at various stages of manufacture, which significantly reduces its consumption.

So take note of your routine and see what little things can change. Why not challenge yourself to change one thing every week on your path to being more eco-responsible? Leave the car at home when you can; turn out the lights when you leave a room, buy in bulk and use recycled containers from home… Every little step counts.

Now let’s spread the word! There’s nothing greater than strength in numbers. Take up the challenge and share your solutions to inspire your friends and family!

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