We’ve made our one-day contact lenses plastic neutral through our partnership with Plastic Bank®.1,2
For our oceans. For everyone.
We’ve partnered with Plastic Bank® to stop ocean-bound plastic by offsetting our plastic consumption through their Certified Plastic Neutral programme. Here in South Africa, we purchase credits equal to the weight of plastic we use in our one-day contact lenses1, the blister and the secondary packaging (the outer carton)2 - and an equal amount of plastic is collected by Plastic Bank®.

Plastic is essential in healthcare delivery
Plastics are used throughout healthcare for a number of important reasons, including sterility and safety.3,4,5 And contact lenses and their packaging are no different – plastic has an important role to play.


Sustainability matters to all of us
Sustainability is important and consumers care about how plastic is managed. 85% of contact lens wearers agree that keeping plastic out of the ocean is important to them.6
Sustainability matters to us
Like many companies, we’re on a sustainability journey – and we’ve made some significant steps so far.

Our facilities in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Madrid, Spain are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and we have BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification at our Mountpark facility in the UK.

We’re aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with Responsible Consumption and Production being a priority goal for us.


Expanding our commitment – plastic neutral
Here in South Africa, we’ve made our one-day contact lenses plastic neutral.1,2

Plastic neutral is achieved when a company (or an individual) recovers and recycles the same amount of plastic it uses or produces.7

Achieving plastic neutrality is a meaningful action we can take today while we work on longer-term innovation.



Partnership for environmental and social good
We’ve partnered with Plastic Bank – a social enterprise that builds on ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities.8

Plastic is collected by those in the community and those collectors receive a premium for the material they collect, which helps them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition and health insurance.8

Collected materials are reborn as and reprocessed for reintroduction into the supply chain.8

Plastic neutral contact lenses
How it works
  • All CooperVision one-day contact lens brands and products in South Africa are included.
  • All plastic used in the lens, the blister and the secondary packaging (outer carton) including ink, adhesive and films is added up.
  • We purchase credits equal to the weight of plastic we use in our one-day contact lenses, the blister and the secondary packaging here in South Africa.2
  • An equal amount of ocean-bound plastic is collected by Plastic Bank.
 
Plastic neutral contact lenses
How to get involved
  • As all CooperVision one-day contact lens brands and products in South Africa are plastic neutral, all you have to do is talk to your optometrist about wanting to try a plastic neutral contact lens.
  • Your optometrist will discuss your vision needs and make a recommendation.
  • There is no enrolment process for you to undertake – by wearing plastic neutral contact lenses you are participating.
Like to know more?
If you’d like to find out more about plastic neutral contact lenses, talk to your optometrist.


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