Sustainability at ACUVUE®
A World Worth Seeing
ACUVUE® enables you to Go See the world differently, live a life without compromise and challenge the status quo. We're committed to sustainable solutions that help you see the world and ensure it’s a place worth seeing.
Our Sustainable Vision
ACUVUE® is dedicated to putting the planet first and creating a sustainable future for us all. This means high quality products that are responsibly made to protect the planet, while providing the convenience and comfort you know and love.
We want to make a positive difference by minimizing our impact on the climate, tackling waste and protecting our natural world. We are on a journey and excited to take you with us!
Our Sustainability Commitments
We’re always innovating to create products that are not just better for you, but better for the planet. This includes how we produce them, how they arrive at your door and even the packaging they come in.
We’re proud to have:
- Reduced the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions required in the manufacturing process of ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day (90 pack) by 12%.
- Lowered the carbon footprint of transporting contact lenses by 13% by switching from air to ocean freight. In 2021 this will be a 35% reduction.
- Minimized the paper used in our ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day contact lens (90 Pack) packaging by 60% (for product manufactured in the USA), helping save 57 tons of paper annually!
Protecting The Natural World
We share your passion about protecting the world around us, from tackling deforestation to reducing carbon emissions and our use of water.
That is why all ACUVUE® contact lenses guarantee 100% sustainable paper and pulp packaging (box and leaflet) certified by either the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) or SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). We’re proud of our award-winning credentials: Product of the Year 2017 by Environmental Leader for sustainable packaging with ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day.
Preserving CO2 and Clean Waterways
We’re also committed to reducing carbon emissions and protecting water resources by:
- Saving 42,000 tons of CO2 per year through renewable and energy efficiency initiatives, equivalent to removing 9,074 cars from the road.
- Introducing 100% renewable electricity from solar power at our manufacturing site in Jacksonville, Florida and 100% wind power at our production site in Limerick, Ireland.
- Limiting water usage through sustainable changes in our manufacturing.
- Actively encouraging all ACUVUE® contact lens wearers not to flush their lenses.
And it doesn’t stop there. By 2025 we’re committed to sourcing 100% of our electricity from renewable energy sources and achieving carbon neutrality in all our operations by 2030.
Did you know that ACUVUE® contact lens boxes can be recycled? Your reusable container and solution bottle can also be put in your recycling bin.
The lens cup is made of recyclable material, however, recycling it may not always be possible due to its small size. Please check with your local recycling center about their capabilities. To recycle the cup, make sure you separate the foil first, and throw it into the trash.
And while you generally can’t yet recycle your lenses, due to their small size; we're excited to have partnered with TerraCycle on the ACUVUE® Contact Lens recycling program in the UK. So far, we’ve recycled over 5 million contact lenses and cups together.
To learn more about how to responsibly and sustainably dispose of your ACUVUE® contact lenses download this simple guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is ACUVUE® doing to tackle sustainability?
ACUVUE® is committed to leading the conversation and driving meaningful action on sustainability. We are determined to continue tackling key issues that affect us all, from recycling and reducing our carbon footprint, to optimizing our packaging.
From reducing the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions required in the manufacturing process of ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day (90 pack) by 12%, to cutting the carbon footprint of transporting contact lenses by 13% by switching from air to ocean freight, and reducing the paper used in our ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day contact lens (90 Pack) packaging by 60% (for product manufactured in the USA). Moreover, in our manufacturing process, 90% of unused materials at ACUVUE® manufacturing sites are recycled.
But it doesn’t stop there. We’re proud that our products have received global sustainability recognition as well, including ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day which was named Product of the Year by Environmental Leader in 2017 for its sustainable packaging. All of our contact lens packaging (box and leaflet) is also certified by either the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
We’ll continue to demand more from ourselves too, as we work towards our sustainable vision for the future and creating a healthier planet.
- Can I recycle my ACUVUE® contact lenses?
You can recycle the box your contact lens comes in and instruction guide. Your reusable container and solution bottle can also be put in your recycling bin.
The lens cup is made of recyclable material, however, recycling it make not always be possible due to its small size. Please check with your local recycling center about their capabilities. To recycle the cup, make sure you separate the foil first, and throw it into the trash.
You cannot yet recycle the lens itself as it is so small. Always throw them out with your trash and never flush them down a sink or toilet.
- Why is the cup my contact lenses come in made of plastic?
Sterile plastic packaging means that your contact lenses remain well-hydrated, in shape, unblemished, and germ-free. After all, they’re relied upon to correct vision in two of your most precious assets: your eyes.
- Why are contact lenses made from plastic?
Contact lenses are a medical device that sit on the surface of your eye. As well as needing to be transparent (so you can see) they also need to be stable, compatible with your eye and retain their shape during storage and use.
No naturally available material currently provides all of these properties. As a result, contact lenses are made from a combination of dierent components which together form a plastic that ensures the lens keeps its shape, provides accurate and comfortable fit and retains moisture for comfort during wear.