Luxottica’s approach to reducing waste is based on efficient production processes and sustainable materials to reduce waste at the source, recycling and recovering energy, and expanding the life span of our products.
We know that the problem of waste disposal is a priority for businesses and consumers. Landfills, incinerators and illicit disposal are causing serious social and environmental challenges. The primary solution is to try to produce as little waste and pollution as possible.
An excessive accumulation of waste can be symptomatic of inefficient production processes, short product life, and unsustainable consumption. At Luxottica, we believe that good waste management has the following characteristics:
• reduce waste at source (use of less material for the same product);
• keep using a product as long as possible (say no to “throw-away”);
• improve product and packaging quality (use of less polluting and less prestige materials in products of comparable performance);
• recycle as much as possible;
• recover energy (using incinerators capable of reducing volume to 5%).
As a manufacturing company, activities in Luxottica Group’s plants inevitably produce waste. Procedures and methods to safeguard people’s health and the environment and ensure proper waste management are already in place, including wastewater and solid waste treatment. In compliance with current national and EU legislation, Luxottica adopts three main lines of action:
Reducing waste at source by
• trying to reduce the amount of waste produced and the number of changes of water to a minimum
• avoiding excessive heating or cooling;
• ongoing research into ecologically sustainable raw materials, alloys, plant and new technologies;
• constantly looking for new suppliers in order to send less to disposal and more to recovery;
Re-use and recycling of as much as possible within the production cycle by
• producing recycled models – as in the case of REVO – using waste material
Proper disposal at landfills or plants authorized to handle non-recyclable waste
• incentives to sorting waste in all employee activities (from the canteen to individual production phases) communicated visually along with instructions on proper ecological conduct.