– we are preparing for the future
Our manufacturing location
We have become aware of the impact our actions have on the environment and the use of resources in recent years, which presents a significant challenge for the industry. As a manufacturer of lenses, we recognize our responsibility and actively work towards reducing our ecological footprint, creating sustainable production processes, and efficiently utilizing resources.
We have invested a lot of time and energy into the development and introduction of the first sustainable lenses on the market. It is our mission not only to offer sustainable products but also to integrate sustainability into our production process.
Especially with the outbreak of the energy crisis and changes in the global economy, we feel strengthened in our efforts.
For years, we have been searching for a modern and energy-efficient company location. In 2022, we finally found a suitable location that meets our requirements for modern and sustainable manufacturing. We are committed to making ourselves fit for the future and contributing to a more sustainable world.
Optimal use of resources
One of the main tasks of sustainable and efficient production is to use resources sparingly. At our new location, we are able to use resources extremely effectively, which leads to significantly faster production. The demand for electricity, gas, and water is also drastically reduced.
Operating the entire production with well water: In our production, we exclusively use well water for water consumption in production facilities, cooling of machinery, and cleaning of the equipment. This allows us to reduce the consumption of drinking water and preserve the environment.
Massive energy savings through centralized air conditioning: By centralizing our air conditioning technology, we have significantly reduced the energy consumption of our production. This allows us to not only save energy costs, but also reduce CO2 emissions.
Recovery of machine heat through heat recovery: We have installed a heat recovery system that uses the waste heat from our machines to heat our building. This allows us to reduce the energy consumption for heating our building and save energy.
Reduce of plastic waste
A particularly concerning issue related to plastic waste is marine pollution. Every year, tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, endangering marine wildlife as well as the health of humans and nature. A notorious example is the so-called „Great Pacific Garbage Patch,“ a huge trash vortex in the Pacific that covers an area roughly four times the size of Germany.
As a manufacturing company, we want to actively participate in solving such problems and are committed to drastically reducing our plastic waste and finding alternative solutions to make our products, packaging, and shipping materials more environmentally friendly. A first step in this direction was the switch to sustainable and recyclable packaging materials.
In addition, we support a non-profit organization that works towards ocean cleanup, protection, and restoration. Through joint efforts, we can help minimize the negative impact of plastic waste on the environment and create a more sustainable future.
Paper packaging tape: Paper tape is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and recyclable. It leaves no sticky residue, is high-performing, and a sustainable alternative to plastic tape.
Cases made of paper: Cases made of paper are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cases made of plastic or leather. They are made from sustainable materials and are biodegradable. Paper cases are lightweight and can be folded flat, making them easier to transport.
Warranty cards made of Bio-PVC: Bio-PVC is a sustainable alternative to conventional PVC. It is made from renewable resources, biodegradable and consumes less energy in production. Bio-PVC has similar processing properties to conventional PVC, but is more environmentally friendly and easier to recycle. Bio-PVC thus offers a promising way to make products more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Reduction of plastic packaging materials: Sustainable packing materials are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and recyclable. They provide good protection for products during transport and are a sustainable alternative to conventional packing materials such as Styrofoam or plastic. We have already started to replace bubble wrap with environmentally friendly alternatives and are continuing to search for new solutions.: Sustainable packing materials are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and recyclable. They provide good protection for products during transport and are a sustainable alternative to conventional packing materials such as Styrofoam or plastic. We have already started to replace bubble wrap with environmentally friendly alternatives and are continuing to search for new solutions.
Our company places great emphasis on not only optimizing our production processes, but also improving the sustainability of our products and packaging. A good example of this is our EVA lens, which is made up of 82% biomass and has been certified by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). It is the only lens material on the market that contains such a high proportion of renewable resources.
Furthermore, we donate 5% of the MSRP of each sold EVA lens to ocean cleaning and plastic waste reduction efforts. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our products and we are proud to do our part in preserving the environment.
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We have been manufacturing lenses with the highest precision and innovative strength in Germany at our site in Viersen on the Lower Rhine since 1935.
We not only ensure that you simply see better and more with our products. For years, we have been developing lenses that provide optimum protection for your eyes. This includes, for example, our UV and infrared protection coating as well as innovative lens materials that filter blue light and increase contrast.
With one of the most modern European machine parks, we stand for advanced products with the highest quality standards at fair prices.
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