As a global leader in contact lenses, we help improve the way people see each day.*1 

But our work doesn’t stop there. We thoughtfully design our products and packaging to make efficient use of resources while working to reduce our carbon footprint.‡§1          

Here at CooperVision, we’re taking steps in our manufacturing and distribution to operate more sustainably where possible. We are striving to eliminate waste and unnecessary packaging to reduce our environmental impact.2  By facilitating the responsible sourcing of materials,3 and starting to offset waste from our products and packaging that cannot yet be reclaimed, we’re taking strides to improve the well-being of our planet.1 

Together with our customers, our partners and beyond, many small acts today count toward a brighter tomorrow for People + Planet.      

We design—​and continuously ​redesign**—to ​reduce our carbon footprint.‡§1 ​


We thoughtfully design our products and packaging to make efficient use of resources while starting to reduce our carbon footprint.‡§1 From our products to our facilities and our processes in between, we’re purposeful in the choices we make today toward a greater collective impact tomorrow.    

We design for recyclability, engineering products and packaging to work with community recycling programs wherever possible.       

We build facilities powered by renewable energy1 and develop processes to intentionally reduce our footprint.‡§1 We design—and continuously redesign—to produce less waste.††4 

We collaborate and innovate, embracing our ingenuity ​to care for our planet ​and each other.      


At CooperVision, we’re passionate about our role as a global citizen, empowering our employees to champion sustainability—no matter how small the act. Together with eye care professionals and contact lens wearers, we can all take steps to embrace sustainable actions today to help protect our future.      

But we’re about so much more than contact lenses. That’s why we partner with international organizations and communities to help us reduce our environmental footprint1 and make a positive difference. All of this is made possible by people with passion, innovative thinking and a drive for action. Through our collective ingenuity, we can take strides to improve the well-being of our planet,together.1 And we invite you to join our journey toward a brighter tomorrow.              


We’re taking steps to conserve limited natural resources‡‡1 and are exploring ways to bring renewables§§ into our manufacturing operations.||1


We work with partners to collect our manufacturing waste, recapturing resources and giving them ​new life when possible.|1


By starting to offset waste from our products and packaging that cannot yet be reclaimed, we’re taking strides to improve the well-being of our planet.¶1


Here at CooperVision, we’re proudly taking steps to operate more sustainably and striving to minimize our possible environmental impact.     

Through our Sustainability Innovator Series, we'll share stories of people in a wide range of roles throughout our organization who have contributed to our sustainability efforts, big and small.        


PLASTIC MADE BETTER ¶¶5,6          

We’re embracing Plastic Made Better by starting to purchase ISCC PLUS-certified plastic.¶¶***2,4,5

In doing so, CooperVision is committed to achieving a higher standard for how plastics are made.


Through our partnership with Plastic Bank, we offset a portion of our plastic footprint.2

To date, our partnership has prevented the equivalent of hundreds of millions of plastic bottles†††8 from entering the world’s oceans and improved the livelihoods of thousands of collection members in hundreds of communities.2,8


Sustainability News

A brighter tomorrow starts with all of us, today.

* Combination of 2022 market research based on global volume data and internal estimates.
† Refers to continuous manufacturing improvement processes undertaken by CooperVision to increase efficiency.
‡ Carbon footprint is limited to Scope 1 and 2 emissions, defined as: Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy.
§ CooperVision's 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance Report.
| CooperVision's 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report.
¶ Refers to CooperVision's plastic neutrality initiative with Plastic Bank. Plastic neutrality is established by purchasing credits from Plastic Bank. A credit represents the collection and conversion of one kilogram of plastic that may reach or be destined for waterways. CooperVision purchases credits equal to the weight of plastic in our-one day contact lens orders. One-day contact lens plastic is determined by the weight of plastic in the blister, the lens and the secondary package (outer carton), including laminates, adhesives, and auxiliary inputs (e.g. ink).
** Refers to continuous manufacturing improvement processes undertaken by CooperVision to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions.
†† Waste associated with the manufacturing of contact lenses.
‡‡ Natural resources are defined as but not limited to water, nitrogen, natural gas and other organic compounds.
§§ Renewables are defined as materials or energies that can be sustained indefinitely because of inexhaustible supplies or new growth.
|| CooperVision uses renewable materials and energies in its manufacturing operations.
¶¶ According to peer-reviewed papers, polypropylene (PP) made using renewably sourced inputs yields a lower carbon footprint. CooperVision's plastic supplier has found that manufacturing PP using fossil-based inputs produces 1.63 kg CO2e/kg PP whereas manufacturing PP using plant-based inputs produces -0.82 kg CO2e/kg PP.
*** ISCC PLUS: International Sustainability and Carbon Certification PLUS.
††† CooperVision, through its collaboration with Plastic Bank, has collected and converted approximately 5.3M kg of plastic destined for waterways as of January 2024. Using Plastic Bank's metric of 1kg of plastic equaling 50 standard 202mm bottles, that will be the equivalent of approximately 263.7M plastic bottles not reaching our oceans.

1. CVI data on file, 2023.
2. CVI data on file, 2024.
3. CVI data on file, 2023. CooperVision Supplier Code of Conduct.
4. CVI data on file, 2023. Manufacturing sites: Costa Rica, Hungary, New York State, Puerto Rico and Southampton, UK.
5. CVI data on file, 2023. Cradle-to-gate assessment of our supplier's bio-renewable input.
6. Narayan, R. (2011). Carbon footprint of bioplastics using biocarbon content analysis and life-cycle assessment. MRS Bulletin, 36(09), 716–721.
7. CVI data on file, 2023. Cradle-to-gate assessment of renewable bio-input carried out by our supplier of plastic polymer to CooperVision.
8. CVI data on file as of 1/2024.