Sustainability on the agenda in Munich

Amidst the glitz and gigantic stands of some exhibitors was a different kind of offering to delegates, with ethical, sustainable eyewear proving a big hit at this year’s show. Sean Rai-Roche reports

With gloomier predictions emerging by the day about our increasing levels of environmental waste and resource scarcity, there is no better time than now to consider the benefits of sustainable eyewear for your practice’s appeal to eco-aware patients.

Optics does not do sustainability particularly well at present. Discarded contact lenses, obsolete frames, manufacturing waste from edging and pollution generated from global supply chains are but a few of the environmental concerns that surround the industry.

There is, however, cause for optimism. Several exhibitors at this year’s Opti Munich were showcasing ethical and sustainably made eyewear that the industry ought to take note of.

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